Press Release by akbarganji.org
Hunger Strike by A Coalition of Leading Iranian Intellectuals, Pro-Democracy Activists and Scholars
The people of Iran have, with their vast presence in the June 12 presidential elections, showed that despite the fundamental faults of the electoral system in Iran, they preferred to change their destiny by peaceful and democratic means. Unfortunately the government did not respect the right of Iranian citizens to effectively participate in determining their destiny. With widespread fraud, it violated this basic right of the Iranian people on a vast scale and blatantly unleashed massive repression against its own people. Even more regrettably, the government that emerged from the coup resorted to extreme and merciless brutality against the wave of peaceful protests and arrested a large number of political activists, intellectuals, reporters, and ordinary people, in violation of legal procedures, and dispatched them to solitary confinement. According to reliable reports, the detainees are subjected to various forms of extreme psychological and physical pressure to confess to crimes they have not committed.
In solidarity with the Iranian people's Green Movement and condemning the widespread electoral fraud, the merciless repression of the popular protests, and the illegal arrest of hundreds of citizens and activists in Iran, we the undersigned are going on hunger strike between 22 to 24 July in front of the UN building in New York. We intend to have the voice of the long-suffering Iranian people to be heard. We ask the responsible members of the world community to demand the release of all political prisoners. Considering the alarming condition of the recent detainees, with their health and even lives in jeopardy, we demand they be visited by representatives of the General Secretary of the UN and immediately freed.
In addition, we the undersigned call on all our compatriots living in the United States and people of conscience to join this protest, meeting on the above-mentioned dates in front of the UN to declare their solidarity with Iranian people's Green Movement during these dangerous and crucial days.
Akbar Ganji, Fatemeh Haqiqatjoo, Mehrangiz Kar, Abdol-Ali Bazargan, Hamid Dabashi, Mansour Farhang, Mostafa Rokhsefat, Majid Mohammadi, Arash Naraghi, Ahmad Sadri, Mahmoud Sadri, Hossein Bashiriyeh, Ali Reza'i, Kazem Alamdari, Ali Banuazizi, Mohammad Borghei, Reza Fani-Yazdi, Nehzat Farnoody, Nader Hashemi, Abdee Kalantari, Hossein Kamali, Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, Mehrdad Mashayekhi, Ali Mirsepassi, Ebrahim Soltani, Nayereh Tohidi, Shireen Neshat
Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohsen Makkmalbaf, Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari, Moussavi Khoeiniha, Ervand Abrahamian, Janet Afary, Taher Ahmadzadeh, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Mohsen Ghaemmagham, Ali Keshtegar, Reza Moini, Mohammad Reza Nikfar, Shahrnoush Parsipour, Ali Qodsi, Masoumeh Shafiee, Shayla Vahdaty
The call in Persian: here.
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