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Petition to alert people of the US and the world about the dire threat to Iran's political prisoners

Free All Political Prisoners in Iran NOW!

 Since October 2020, a new wave of widespread crackdowns against political and social activists has been carried out by the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). The repression has grown broader and more horrific. Among those arrested and jailed are activists in the environmental, women’s, teachers’, students’ and labor movements. They are journalists, artists, lawyers, authors, and poets. They are members of national minorities such as Kurds, Baluchis, Arabs, and the Baháʼí religious community. They are liberals, radicals, and revolutionaries from different generations of political dissidents against the reactionary rule of the IRI. Most of these prisoners are being held without any charges or trial. Many have no known charges, no access to lawyers and/or family members, or have not been identified—all these are violations of the basic legal and human rights of the accused. The alarming escalation of executions of political prisoners (e.g. blogger/journalist Rouhollah Zam on December 12) heightens the urgency of our campaign to free them NOW. Beside long imprisonment, they face torture, sexual violence, flogging, mock and actual executions, and now torment and death by COVID-19 infection. Some of these political prisoners are in prolonged solitary confinement in Evin prison, a notorious torture and death chamber. Several have dual citizenship with Germany, Sweden, Britain, and France. These recent raids coincided closely with the one-year anniversary of the November 2019 uprising that rocked Iran. The IRI fears the resistance forces inside Iran who were planning to hold commemorations of this rebellion. Set off by massive inflation, high unemployment, and a harsh economic slowdown brought on by cruel U.S. sanctions, mass protests engulfed 100-200 large and small cities across Iran in 2019. The Islamic regime responded not only with mass arrests but with water cannons, tear gas, live ammunition fired from rooftops, helicopters, and police forces on the ground—shooting some protesters at close range or as they were running away. Estimates are of hundreds killed (some were children), thousands wounded and arrested with reports of hospitals overflowing with the wounded. The IRI blacked out the internet to hide the true scale and scope of their murderous rampage on the uprising and its aftermath. If the modern history of Iran has shown us anything, it is the irrepressible heroic spirit of generations of Iranian people against oppressive regimes. A people who resisted the CIA coup in 1953;who overthrew the U.S. puppet Shah Pahlavi’s blood-soaked rule by the revolution of 1979; who for the past 40+ years, rose up repeatedly against a theocracy that had taken power with the help of the Western powers, led by the U.S. The resistance continued even as the IRI massacred tens of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, and as generations of women have been imprisoned and tortured for refusing the forced hijab/veil and medieval Sharia law. U.S. imperialists have NO right to speak when it comes to the suffering of the Iranian people. There have been many recent U.S. aggressions such as the new Biden administration refusing to lift sanctions; the U.S. (Trump) ordered murder of top IRI henchman General Soleimani in January 2020; and the suspicious murder of the top Iranian nuclear scientist in November 2020. Years of vicious U.S. sanctions battered the body and spirit of the 80+ million people in Iran—depriving them of food, medicine, books, fuel, and other daily necessities, but providing a club to the IRI to beat down any dissent as “support for U.S. imperialism.” These actions by the U.S. may also give more impetus to the IRI to further escalate repression against political prisoners in particular. The U.S. and IRI regimes have their national interests but we and the people of these countries have OUR shared interests. It is in the interest of the people all over the world to unite and defend the political prisoners of Iran whose lives and dignity are in imminent mortal danger. People in the U.S. have a special responsibility and opportunity to unite across all social and political movements or divides against this vile repression by the IRI, and to actively oppose any war moves by the U.S. government that would bring even more horrific suffering to the people of Iran. We support protests in defense of the political prisoners inside and outside Iran, as well as protests against U.S. sanctions and war threats/moves against Iran.We are joining the urgent cries for justice and freedom by Iran’s political prisoners and their colleagues, family members, and supporters. We have begun a united worldwide movement in the fight to free them NOW, in our determination to prevent fresh atrocities and deaths. FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN! This statement was initiated by Carol Downer and Dolly Veale (November 2020, updated February, 2021)

Dolly Veale and Carol Downer
680 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Commission, United Nations, Unione Europea

United For Zam

Let's get united for Iranian journalist Rohollah Zam; The Iranian journalist, Rouhollah Zam, was executed on December 12, 2020 by the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Zam was an anti-government journalist based in France and was kidnapped by regime agents in October 2019 during a business trip in Iraq. Zam who was a refugee in France, had started his journalistic work with Saham News and, at the time of his kidnapping, he was the administrator of the news website Amad News and its Telegram channel, one of the most popular Iranian news outlets. Zam was publishing news and information that, in the absence of freedom of the press, cannot be published in Iran. Zam published information on state corruption and country-wide anti-government protests and echoed the voices of protesters, which made his channel popular among Iranians and alarming for the Islamic Republic’s authorities. Following his kidnapping, Zam was kept in Evin's solitary confinement for 15 months. For months, he was tortured while denied access to a lawyer and his family. He was denied access to a lawyer of his choice during his trial and was sentenced to death and executed without knowing about the confirmation of his death sentence until his last day. Zam had been forced into self-incriminating confessions. His coerced confessions were aired on national TV and heard across the country with the active collaboration of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). This is neither the first nor will be the last international criminal operation of Islamic Republic. In recent years, Massoud Molavi and Saeed Karimian in Turkey, Ahmad Neisi and Mohammadreza Kolahi in Netherlands, Iqbal Moradi in Iraq, and Mohammad Ebrahim Safizadeh in Afghanistan are the latest assassinations attributed to Iranian agents.In recent months, two political activists, Jamshid Sharmahd, resident in Germany, and Habib Chaab (Asyud,) resident of Sweden, have been kidnapped in countries neighboring Iran and are at risk of death and longterm imprisonment. Just one day after carrying out Zam’s execution, Hassan Rouhani, the Islamic Republic's president said: “I do not think Zam’s executions would impact our relationship with the European Union.”Rouhani's remark is the consequence of decades of violence and impunity. Europe's silence and lack of reaction means that Rouhani's assessment in that human rights abuses and violations of international human rights commitments do not affect the regime's economic and political relations with the West, and the European Union in particular, is accurate.The absence of proportionate action endangers the lives of many journalists and activists in exile, and any single one of them could be the next victim of the Islamic Republic's agents. The United-For-Zam campaign is calling on the European Union and European governments and parliaments to: 1. Demonstrate their determination in countering state terrorism and human rights abuses by making access to Iran and independent investigation of human rights violations by independent human rights monitors a preconditions of any negotiations and treaties with the Islamic Republic. In the event of any negotiations or agreement, the first condition for re-establishing trade relations should be the halt of terrorist operations, kidnapping and harassment of dissidents, human rights defenders, and civil society activists in Iran and outside Iran's borders.2. Sanction IRIB and its affiliates for their participation in obtaining coerced confessions of prisoners subjected to torture and their responsibility in broadcasting them over four decades, and suspend their permit to operate in European countries. This petition has been drafted by a number of journalists and human rights defenders inside and outside Iran. We are calling on journalists and human right activists around the world to help this campaign's demand reach European policy makers and parliaments and the world's pubic opionion. If you would like to participate in the United for Zam's campaign, or have any questions, please contact us at: unitedforzam@gmail.com   کمپین اتحاد برای زم جنبه‌ی بین‌المللی دارد مخاطبان فارسی‌زبان می‌توانند متن پتیشن را در لینک زیر مشاهده‌ کنند مشاهده ترجمه فارسی

United For Zam
3,189 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Unione Europea, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations, Ann Linde, Jeppe Kofod, Heiko Maas, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Dmytro Kuleba, IGNAZIO CASSIS, Didier Reynders, Alexander Schallenberg, Ine Eriksen Søreide, Pekka Haavisto, Arancha González Laya, Nikos Dendias, Simon Coveney, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Nikos Christodoulides, Peter Szijjarto, Luigi Di Maio, Stef Blok, antony blinken

No Sanctions Relief for Iran - Until Violations of Human Rights Are Stopped

This is a call to European countries and the US to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for the recent kidnapping and murder of Ruhollah Zam. We wish for all the countries in the EU, Great Britain, and the United States to hold back any future negotiations and co-operation with Iran as long as the government refuses to abide by the international human rights laws. Iranian people call for an end to death sentences and imprisonment of political activists and peaceful protestors. Ruhollah Zam worked as a journalist for an Iranian newspaper before he was arrested during the protests of 2010. He was tortured, then released. He then left the country legally and moved to France, where he continued to live with his wife and 2 daughters. While living in France, he administered a Telegram news channel called AmadNews and continued to work as a journalist. His channel focused mainly on exposing corruption within the IRI. Exposing money laundering and corruption within the Iranian judicial system and revealing documents related to Saeed Toosi are among his most notable works. Saeed Toosi is a prominent Quran reciter and teacher of the Quran. He is linked with several high-ranking figures within the Iranian regime, including the supreme leader himself. Toosi is accused of exploiting and sexually abusing 19 of the teenage boys under his training(4 were confirmed). In October 2019, Zam went missing after landing in Iraq while traveling to Iraq for work purposes. After 2 days, Iranian television announced his arrest. He was found guilty of "corruption on earth" and was sentenced to death on 30th June 2020. He was executed by hanging on 12th December, just days after the court denied his appeal. Corruption on earth is a vague term used by the Iranian judicial system for charging those who oppose it. This term describes a series of crimes against the regime, and therefore the Islamic Republic is the plaintiff. When the government is the plaintiff in a case of "corruption on earth", many of the charges against the defender are allegations for which the government does not need to provide any concrete evidence because the government's words are taken as facts unless the defender can conclusively prove otherwise.  Zam's execution has been followed by a wave of objections from the Iranian people, journalists worldwide, the UN, and politicians in many countries in the EU and the US. However, condemnation rarely has any effect in these situations. Currently, there are many other activists and protestors in prison. The court has given 3 of them the death penalty. Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, Mohammad Rajabi. Currently, the court is considering their appeal. Their crime is peacefully protesting against the country's current economic state in the protests of October 2019. Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-Swedish scientist, was invited to Iran by 2 universities to participate in a workshop. He was arrested upon arrival, tried without a lawyer, and now faces a death sentence. These are only a few of the prisoners currently on death row with accusations of treason and conspiring against the regime, while all they have done is participate in peaceful protests against the country's current economic state or simply have a dual-citizenship. Executing any journalist anywhere, especially without a fair trial, is a massive violation of freedom of expression and a way for authoritarian governments to showcase their power to strike fear in the heart of their people. As long as Zam's execution, and the many executions before him, are not met with anything but a series of angry tweets, there will be many more to come. We, the people of Iran, want to share our disproof of any foreign country co-operating and improving relations with the IRI before the safety of peaceful protestors, political prisoners, journalists, and political activists is ensured and before issuing death sentences for political crimes is STOPPED. We are aware that many countries are currently considering renegotiations with Iran, mainly regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. However, by entering into any agreement or accord with the IRI under such circumstances, you will only be legitimizing and thus encouraging these violent violations of human rights. Therefore, we strongly urge the participating countries to side with humanity and the people of Iran, not the Iranian government.  The Islamic Republic of Iran can not pressure foreign governments into co-operation by executing protesters and political activists. Don't let the death of another human rights activist be in vain.  این دادخواستی است از کشورهای اروپایی و ایالات متحده تا جمهوری اسلامی ایران را برای ربودن و قتل روح الله زم پاسخگو بدارند. ما از همه کشورهای اتحادیه اروپا ، انگلیس و ایالات متحده خواستار هستیم که از هرگونه مذاکره و همکاری با ایران، تا زمانی که دولت ایران از قوانین بین المللی حقوق بشر پیروی نمیکند، پیشگیری کنند. مردم ایران خواستار پایان دادن به صدور احكام اعدام و حبس بدون شواهد فعالان سیاسی و معترضان مسالمت آمیز هستند روح الله زم  خبرنگاری بود که با یک سایت خبری در ایران همکاری میکرد، تا اینکه بعد از شلوغی های سال ۸۸ مجبور به ترک کشور شد. او سرانجام در فرانسه مستقر شد و تا سال ۱۳۹۸ در آنجا با همسر و دو دخترش زندگی میکرد. در طول این مدت، وی کانال خبری آمدنیوز را در تلگرام راه اندازی کرد. تمرکز این کانال بیشتر به روی افشای فساد در دولت جمهوری اسلامی بود. فساد هایی مانند فساد مالی گسترده در قوه قضاییه  و اتهامات سعید طوسی در مهر ماه ۱۳۹۸، زم بعد از فرود به بغداد ناپدید شد. وی برای قراری کاری عازم بغداد شده بود. ۲ روز بعد از گم شدن در عراق، تصویراو با دست‌بند در تلویزیون ایران پخش شد. اومتهم به "افساد فی‌الارض" و جاسوسی برای آمریکا و اسرائیل شده بود. زم در روز ۲۲ آذر، تنها چند روز پس از تایید حکمش، پای چوبه‌ی دار برده شد اعدام روح‌الله زم با موجی از اعتراضات داخلی و خارجی همراه بوده است. بسیاری از مردم ایران، خبرنگاران، سازمان ملل متحده، و سیاست مدارانی از کشورهای مختلف این اقدام غیر انسانی را محکوم کردند. اما واقعیت این است که در این چنین شرایطی تنها بیان اعتراض کافی نیست در حال حاضر، تعداد زیادی از معترضان آبان ۹۸ و فعالان مدنی در زندان به سر می‌برند. ۳ نفر از آنها که در طی چند ماه گذشته حکم اعدام آنها صادر شده امیرحسین مرادی، سعید تمجیدی و محمد رجبی نام دارند. پرونده ی آنها در حال حاضر برای تجدید نظر در دست بررسی است. جرم آنها اعتراضات مسالمت آمیز در آبان ۹۸ بوده است. ولی هر گونه معترضی صاحب برچسب همکاری با آمریکا و اسرائیل میشود. احمدرضا جلالی، یک دکتر ایرانی- سوئدی است که توسط دانشگاه تهران و دانشگاه شیراز برای شرکت در کارگاهی به ایران دعوت شده بود. او پس از ورود به ایران بازداشت شد، بدون حضور وکیل محاکمه شد و در حال حاضر در خط اعدام است. این اسامی تنها تعدادی از زندانیانی است که در حال حاضر به اتهام خیانت و توطئه علیه رژیم در معرض اعدام هستند، در حالی که تمام آنچه آنها انجام داده اند شرکت در تظاهرات مسالمت آمیز علیه وضعیت اقتصادی کشور یا تنها فقط داشتن تابعیت مضاعف است اعدام یک خبرنگار، خصوصا بدون یک محاکمه عادلانه، در هرکجای دنیا تجاوزی بزرگ به حق آزادی بیان است و راهی‌ است برای دولت های اقتدارگرا تا قدرت خود را برای ایجاد ترس در قلب مردم خود به نمایش بگذارند. تا زمانی که اعدام روح‌الله زم، و اعدام های قبل تر از آن، با هیچ بازتابی جز چند توئیت خشمناک مواجه نشوند، اعدام های بسیار دیگری در راه خواهند بود. ما، مردم ایران، تا زمانی که جمهوری اسلامی امنیت معترضان مسالمت آمیز، زندانیان سیاسی، خبرنگاران، و فعالان مدنی را تضمین نکند، و تا قبل از اینکه صدور احکام اعدام برای زندانیان سیاسی، معترض هر گونه همکاری و بهبود روابط بین ایران و هر کشور دیگر هستیم. ما متوجه این هستیم که در حال حاضر کشور های متعددی علاقمند هستند تا مذاکرات هسته‌ای ایران را از سر بگیرند. اما با وارد شدن به هر توافق یا قراردادی با جمهوری اسلامی ایران تحت شرایط کنونی تهنا به این نقض های فاحش حقوق بشر در ایران مشروعیت میبخشد و منجر به ترغیب آن میشود. بنابراین ، ما قاطعا از کشورهای شرکت کننده در ای مذاکرات خواستار این هستیم که با کنار بشریت و مردم ایران بایستند، نه با دولت ایران ایران با اعدام معترضین و فعالان سیاسی نمی‌تواند دولت های خارجی را برای توافق و رفع تحریم ها تحت فشار قرار دهد. نباید گذاشت تا مرگ یک فعال حقوق بشر دیگر نیز بیهوده باشد          

Annahita Tabani
1,692 supporters