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Iranian writers commemorate their murdered peers

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian Association of Writers issued a statement on the twelfth anniversary of the murder of the prominent Iranian writers, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jaffar Pouyandeh, demanding that the authorities commit to bringing the perpetrators of these murders to justice.

2009 file photo

At the threshold of observing the anniversary of the gruesome murder of Mokhtari and Pouyandeh which was later come to be known as part of the Chain Murders, the Iranian Association of Writers once more reminds the public and the state that the true perpetrators of these murders have not yet been brought to justice.

They write: "Now it is widely known that the political murders of 1998 better known as the Chain Murders was a movement to omit dissidents and freedom seekers. They began with the savage murder of political activists Daryoosh Forouhar and Parvaneh Eskandari and reached their apex with the kidnapping and strangulation of the Writer's Associations' two prominent friends, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jaffar Pouyandeh and resulted in the rage and hatred of the Iranian people for the murderers."

The Association maintains that in the years following these murders, the social atmosphere of the country has become even more oppressive as "social critics are being incarcerated without any clear evidence and even human rights lawyers who have been defending the rights of political prisoners are now being arrested and imprisoned."

poster from 2009 commemoration ceremony for Mokhtari and Pouyandeh

The Chain Murders in the Islamic Republic were a series of murders that appear to have been orchestrated in the 1990s to silence Iranian dissident intellectuals. The murders came to a head in 1998 with the murders of Forouhar and Eskandari followed by Mokhrari and Pouyandeh in a short interval.

The Association of Writers writes that the government basically made every effort to cover up the truth and instead of prosecuting the true perpetrators, took a few of the lower operators of the conspiracy to trial in predetermined courts. They Add: "In finality, Nasser Zarafshan, an attorney for the family of one of the victims was taken to court and sentenced to five years in prison for the "crime" of defending his client."

In conclusion, the Association of Writers, while commemorating Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jaffar Pouyandeh, demands the prosecution of the perpetrators of the Chain Murders and calls for the release of all political prisoners. They also urge the Islamic Republic to end all censorship in social and cultural areas and provide freedom of thought and speech for all.

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