Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
IRGC forces arrested three men involved in the
production, distribution, and promotion of Iranian underground music in October,
and are pressuring them to confess on television, a source with knowledge of the
arrest told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
In a letter addressed to Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali
Jannati, a group of Iranian musicians, music principals, and supporters have
asked him to end the
suppression of musicians and music professionals and to ensure that artists
are not imprisoned for producing artistic works. The International Campaign for
Human Rights in Iran, in collaboration with Iranian artists, created an online
petition on December 13 pushing for the release of music publishers arrested
in the latest crackdown and demanding an end to the mistreatment of artists and
musicians in Iran.
In the three days since the letter has been available online, more than 400
supporters have signed it, including several prominent artists. Musicians Farzam
Rahimi (Mira), Shahin Najafi, Majid Kazemi, Abjiz Band (Melody and Safoura
Safavi), Indo Band, Shahrzad Sepanlou, Pouya Mahmoudi, Babak Maddah, Houman
Ajdari, Rana Farhan, Mahsa Ghasemi, prominent painter Niki Nojoumi, artist Shoja
Azari, and several journalists are among the signatories. Supporters can join
these Iranian artists in their plea to Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic
Guidance by signing the online petition.
Click here to sign the petition.
The full text of the letter is as follows:
During the last three months, the independent Iranian music community has
observed unusual security-oriented treatment of musicians and music
professionals. The recent arrests are a further indication of this
treatment. Earlier this year, there was a lot of hope that changes in the
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and your appointment to the
position of Minister and the subsequent appointments of your team would
provide an opening in the Iranian music scene and see an end to the
licensing process to create and perform cultural and artistic works. We also
hoped to see women, who comprise half of the Iranian society, be able to
actively return to the Iranian music scene. Unfortunately, not only do we
not observe any changes in the baseless previous practices, we note that
music principals are ending up in prisons and in detention centers.
Instead of receiving encouragement and support, young Iranians who were
spending their time and energy to promote and develop Iranian music, a duty
naturally bestowed upon you and your colleagues inside the Music Unit of the
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, have been put in detention for
more than two months. Your responsibility, and that of your colleagues, is
to support lovers of arts and culture and it is truly shameful to see that
individuals are ending up in prison as a result of creating artistic works.
We, the undersigned, demand an immediate end to the current security-based
and anti-cultural treatment of artists. We ask you to take immediate action
for the release of the recent detainees and to act to end gender
discrimination in the Iranian music domain and to eliminate the license
application process. We ask you to immediately release the BargMusic website
managers and to make amends for their mistreatment. After all, they are not
embezzlers, nor have they committed any crimes-their only sin seems to have
been to love music.
Click here to sign the petition.
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