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Suspended Iranian students rallied to defend rights

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's Council of Defence of the Right to Education issued a statement to urge all students that have been suspended from university to contact the Council with their information for further action.

Despite good performance in their exams, some student activists, who are referred to as "starred" students, were suspended from continuing their university education last week after the results of the graduate exams were released. 

The Council of Defence of the Right to Education condemned the establishment's policy of extending the right to education only to those they favour.

The Council adds that the "starred" students have gathered "so that their systematic omission from the country's universities could not be carried out in silence."

The Council of Defence was established two years ago by a number of suspended university students. In the last presidential election in 2009, the Council was active in highlighting the demands of the suspended students in the presidential campaign.

Following the presidential elections, a number of their active members were arrested and sentenced to heavy imprisonment terms.

Ziaeddin Nabavi, Majid Dorri, Shiva Nazarahari, Peymon Arref, Mehdieh Golrou and Samieh Rashidi are some of the Council activists that were arrested last year.

While Ziaeddin Nabavi and Majid Dorri have been sentenced to imprisonment; the other members of the Council are awaiting their sentences behind bars.

Iran's Council of Defence of the Right to Education:

Prosecution of Iranian student activists continues

An Iranian appellate court upheld the six-year imprisonment sentence of Kiarash Kamrani along with a $40,000 fine.

The Lorestan University student was charged with "participating in gatherings that threaten national security, propaganda against the regime, insulting the leadership and the presidency as well as resisting an officer of the law."

Iran's Universities are considered a stronghold of the opposition movement
photo from a protest rally at Tehran University on December 12, 2009

Jaras reports that Kamrani was arrested in December in the Ashura Day protests and was held in solitary confinement for over 40 days.

He was reportedly denied access to an attorney during his trial.

Danshjoo News reported the arrest of Massoud Kadkhodai, an Amir Kabir University student this week at his home.

The student activist has been taken to an unidentified location and he has had no contact with his family since his arrest.

Mohammad Feyz, student of Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, was arrested during the "gathering of silence" held across Mashhad universities.

Mashhad university students announced that if the authorities fail to release Mohammad Feyz, they will sit in protest at the university campuses. 

On the anniversary of the election of the reformist president, Mohammad Khatami on May 24, the students in Mashhad universities held a gathering of silence.

The government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has targeted the student movement with repeated arrests and heavy imprisonment terms.

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