Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch will cosponsor international events
Events in 70 cities including Tokyo, Istanbul, New York, Johannesburg, San Paulo, and Berlin
Online Prisoner of Conscience campaign is ongoing at 12june.org
Mobile billboards in Los Angeles, Istanbul, and London, among other cities
1/2 page newspaper and bus ads of prisoners of conscience in Johannesburg in conjunction with the world cup
Since Iran's disputed election nearly one year ago, over two thousand prisoners of conscience remain imprisoned. They are often denied access to legal representation or their families, and many have been charged with moharebeh, "waging war against God," which can carry the death penalty. Show trials for prisoners - young and old, male and female, rich and poor - are broadcast on state television, with the defendants often gaunt from mistreatment.
In response, as well as to mark one year of human rights violations, United4Iran and various regional groups are organizing global demonstrations on June 12th. Rallies will be held in 68 cities worldwide, including Melbourne, New Delhi, São Paulo, and Tokyo. Various cities will coordinate mobile billboards highlighting the Islamic Republic of Iran's prisoners of conscience. London's mobile billboards will be ongoing and highlight the seven Baha'i leaders, who are scheduled for trial on June 12. Johannesburg's will begin running a bus ads on June 11 for a month, the entire month of the World Cup day.
In collaboration with several prominent NGOs, including Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch, United4Iran is coordinating the "adoption" of prisoners of conscience by regional organizations, who will act as that person's lead advocate and feature him or her prominently in the day's events. Action tables will be set up for attendees to individualize and mail postcards to various embassies and consulates worldwide, demanding an end to Iran's human rights abuses. Organizers will be available for media questions about their chosen Prisoner of Conscience, as well as about the global day itself.
Individual cities will also be coordinating their own June 12 demonstrations. Amsterdam's Iranian Progressive Youth is hosting Cycle for a Free Iran to highlight student activist Bahareh Hedayat, the Roman Coliseum will feature activists bound in chains, and Johannesburg will dispatch performers clad in green to perform South Africa's traditional soccer dance, the Diski Dance.
A corresponding 12june.org online campaign, featuring both e-letters and downloadable postcards naming individual prisoners of conscience, will be made available before June 12. Artists, musicians, and filmmakers have contributed their work to be highlighted on 12june.org as part of the day. Visitors to the 12june.org are provided contact information for their nation's Secretary of State, Foreign Minister, and/or Iranian Embassy, and are encouraged to contact them directly.
About: United4Iran (U4I) is a non-partisan global network of Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and human rights activists working to promote fundamental human and civil rights in Iran. U4I was formed to help coordinate and amplify the voices of activists, academics, NGOs, artists, and others who work or desire to work on issues related to human and civil rights in Iran. Demands include:
- The unconditional release of ALL prisoners of conscience.
- An immediate halt to all executions and an end to all torture, murder, rape, and emotional abuse.
- Accountability for those who have violated the rights of prisoners of conscience.
- Freedom of assembly and from arbitrary arrest, particularly as related to those detained due to ethnicity, religion, gender, race, beliefs, activity, or free expression.
- Revision of discriminatory laws against women, and immediate ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
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