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10/15/10

Free My Family Campaign Launched: Demanding Freedom of Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.

~ Saadi, 13th century Persian poet


www.freemyfamilycampaign.com

1 - Why is this campaign launched?  Many Iranians are currently in prison in different cities of Iran for having expressed their opinion and having ideas that differ from those of the ruling government. In addition, their families are persistently pressed so that they don't provide news about their loved ones. Sometimes the pressure exerted on the families is more than that exerted on the prisoners themselves. The families of prisoners of conscience are banned from giving interviews to the media; they are harassed and threatened and sometimes are even arrested. The pressure exerted on the families of prisoners of conscience became the sparking motivation to initiate the Free My Family Campaign. We want to be the voices of Iranian Prisoners of Conscience, their families, and their friends.

2 - What are the objectives of the Campaign?

The Campaign's main four objectives are: 1) Global solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience and their families by becoming a member of the campaign 2) Worldwide effort towards the freedom of the Prisoners of Conscience 3) Breathing a new spirit into the "feeble" though "eager" body of the oppressed Iranian society 4) Exercising and participation of citizens in a long- term civic activity

3 - Why should I become a member of the Campaign?

If you are an Iranian, some prisoners may be your close friends, you may know them from distance, or may be persons you do not know but they participated with you in peaceful protests after the elections and were arrested. Each of the prisoners could have been a member of our family or our close friend. In this campaign we want to consider the prisoners of conscience as our family members and close friends, and strengthen the sense of civic responsibility and philanthropy in ourselves. On the other hand the transition to democracy, in a society ruled by tyranny, is possible only if the society is strengthened through citizens' participation in long term peaceful and civic activities. Joining and working in Free My Family Campaign will reinforce social cohesion and lead to a stronger society. If you are not Iranian, your belief in Human Rights, your love for humankind and your sense of fraternity and solidarity with the prisoners of conscience in Iran, could motivate you to take part in Free My Family Campaign.

4 - How can I become a member of the campaign?

You can become a member by going to the membership page.

5 - How will this campaign be executed? How will this campaign move forward?

Each of us who will become a member will adopt "one" to "three" prisoner of conscience and become his/her "family member" or "close friend" and will advocate his/her cause until his/her "freedom". As a result, all of us together form the Extended Family of Iranian Prisoners of Conscience.

6 - How could I find the names of the prisoners of conscience?

At the moment the list of the prisoners can be consulted through this list (the detailed description of each prisoner is currently available only in Persian).

7 - I know a prisoner of conscience and want to adopt him/her but his/her name does not appear in the campaign's list. What should I do?

If the name of a prisoner of conscience you know is not on the list of prisoners, please email it to the following address so that his/her name will gradually be included among the prisoners freemyfamily@gmail.com

8 - What can I do for the prisoner of conscience I have adopted?

One of the "main" objectives of this campaign is to "generate content" and promote "gradual" and "persistent" activities to support the prisoners of conscience. You can write a letter to the prisoner you have chosen as your family member or close friend, send a postcard, make a video clip about him/her, design posters, design pictures, write stories, publish daily contents, contacts his/her family in Iran periodically and express your solidarity, collect signatures, write poems about him/her, launch specific campaigns for him/her, raise awareness about his/her case, produce calligraphy about him/her, make his/her sculpture, make a blog about him/her, write short phrases about him/her, show his/her photo in busy locations in your city, write protest letters to the Iranian Embassy or Consulate in your country, mention him/her in your speeches, remind him/her to others during social occasions, put his/her picture in your room and many other similar initiatives. In one word become his/her advocate and be his/her family's voice.

What counts is to work "gradually" and "persistently" for your "family member" or "close friend" until "his/her release from prison".


www.freemyfamilycampaign.com

9 - I have written some sentences to support a prisoner of conscience. How can I publish it on Campaign's website?

In order to publish your generated contents or descriptions of activities on the site, please use this page.

Some examples of the activities you can do for your adopted prisoner are mentioned in response to question number 8.

10 - How long will my activity for my selected prisoner of conscience last?

Each member of the campaign shall "commit " himself/herself to "gradually" and "persistently" work for his/her adopted prisoner of conscience, "until his/her release". Such activity can be on daily, weekly or monthly basis. We should not forget that we consider him/her as "a member of our family" like our brother, sister, father, mother, son or daughter or a close friend.

11 - How much of my time will be dedicated to the campaign if I participate?

Participation in the Free My Family Campaign is voluntary and can take half an hour a day or half an hour a month of your time. What counts is your "gradual" and "persistent" contribution "until the release" of your adopted prisoner. We should not forget that we consider him/her as "a member of our family" or a "close friend."

12 - What comes next after the release of a prisoner?

When a prisoner of conscience is released, if you had selected him/her as your family member, your commitment to the campaign "will be fulfilled". Subsequent to the release of the prisoner from the prison, if you wish, the contents related to him/her on the website can be dedicated to his/her family as a gift from your side and from the Free My Family Campaign.

13 - The number of prisoners is high. These are all my friends. Can I adopt more than one prisoner?

Adopting only "one" prisoner has been suggested to maximize campaign's efficiency. Naturally you can select several prisoners as members of your adopted prisoners. What counts is your "gradual" and "persistent" work for the prisoner or the prisoners you have chosen as your family member(s) or close friend(s), "until they are released" from prison.

14 - I do not know any of these prisoners. How can I contribute to the campaign?

Most members who participate in the campaign do not closely and personally know the Iranian Prisoners of Conscience. In order to participate in the campaign it is not necessary to know every single prisoner face to face. The information regarding the prisoners will be added progressively to the list. What is important is to adopt "one" prisoner of conscience and consider him/her as "a member of your family" or "a close friend" and work for him/her "gradually" and "persistently" until "his/her release". Some examples of the activities that you can do for your adopted prisoner of conscience are mentioned in in response to the question number 8.

15 - Who can participate in this campaign?

All citizens of the world, including Iranian and non-Iranians, can participate in this campaign. All citizens can consider themselves as a part of "Campaign for Global Solidarity with Iranian Prisoners of Conscience", as a member of the Extended Family of Iranian Prisoners of Conscience.

16 - Can I participate in this campaign with a nick name?

Yes! For security reasons and in order to give Iranians inside the country the opportunity to participate in the campaign, if you wish, you can participate with a nickname.

17 - How long will this campaign last?

Free My Family Campaign will continue until the release of all prisoners of conscience. The ultimate wish of The Campaign is the freedom of every single person who is detained in prison for his/her peaceful political thoughts, expressions and activities.

18 - How can I communicate with the campaign?

Campaign Email: freemyfamily@gmail.com

19- Campaign on facebook, youtube, ...?

Website: www.freemyfamilycampaign.com
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/freemyfamilycampaign
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FreeMyPoliticalFamilyCampaign
Skype ID: free.my.family
E-mail:
freemyfamily@gmail.com


Rahnavard joins campaign in solidarity with Iranian political prisoners

Zahra Rahnavard, university professor and wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi, in a short note announced that she has joined the "Free My Family Campaign" in support for the political prisoners. The "Free My Family Campaign" is a newly formed campaign demanding freedom of prisoners of conscience in Iran. According to the official website if this newly launched campaign "Many Iranians are currently in prison in different cities of Iran for having expressed their opinion and having ideas that differ from those of the ruling government. In addition, their families are persistently pressed so that they don't provide news about their loved ones. Sometimes the pressure exerted on the families is more than that exerted on the prisoners themselves. The families of prisoners of conscience are banned from giving interviews to the media; they are harassed and threatened and sometimes are even arrested. The pressure exerted on the families of prisoners of conscience became the sparking motivation to initiate the Free My Family Campaign. We want to be the voices of Iranian Prisoners of Conscience, their families, and their friends."



The full text of Zahra Rahnavard's statement is as follows:

Although under ruling of the current government, Iran is one great prison under military domination and in this great prison inquisition of ideas threatens women, men, old, young, even children and families and no one is safe and job security as well as cultural, social and political securities have become a wish for all; with reform views, I have rolled up my sleeves for security of [my] country Iran, for freedom, for prosperity and for democracy in Iran, so that hand in hand we all change this great prison to a flourishing garden and a modern and prospers society, so that all Iranians be free and noble.

Meanwhile I join the campaign of great families of political prisoners because in heart of the big prison that is named the country of Iran, numerous prisons are known across the country and there are many known and hidden [prisons] in provinces and cities of our country in which freedom-seekers are imprisoned.

I join the campaign launched in support for freedom of these prisoners; I see myself a member of the great family of political prisoners and I am active for the release of all political prisoners, as all those companions of justice and freedom, are my sisters and brothers. How can I pick only one among all them? Can I pass on a woman whom her two young children are restless in her absence or that young fellow whom his mother and spouse are worried about the hardships and tortures he is suffering? Or that father who is like a foundation for the structure of freedom? Or that young girl who has chosen the prison clothes to bride dress and cheers and joys of celebrations? Which one should I pick to support and try for his/her freedom? No! I defend all freedom-seeking prisoners and I see all of them as members of my family and I wish that we all celebrate the victory and happiness of the people together.

Zahra Rahnavard
October, 11, 2010

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