On Wednesday, a gathering of mourning mothers and sisters of those executed on May 9th, 2010
Hrana News- The mothers and sisters of the prisoners who
were executed on May 9th, will be gathering in a protest on Wednesday May 19th,
against the lack of delivery of their loved ones bodies by the
According to Hrana reporters, considering the non viable repeated promises of the authorities, even the informal remarks of the burial of these martyrs and in view of their families to receive these 5 executed bodies is their legal right; they have announced today that on Wednesday morning at 11am, May 19th, they will sit-in protest in front of the Governor-General Office of Kurdestan in the city of Sanandej so they can receive the bodies of their loved ones.
It is to be noted that the families of these martyred prisoners have been making numerous trips to Tehran since Monday May 10th, demanding the delivery of their loved ones bodies however the officials despite the promises have not conducted the effective measures to deliver these bodies and this has added to the turmoil and discomfort of these mourning families.
The ones executed on May 9th refer to 5 political prisoners known as Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Houi, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian which occurred secretly on the date mentioned in Evin Prison.
Translated by St Journalist
Protests, rallies, marches and various on-line campaigns have been organized by Iranian opposition groups across the world as well as supporters in many different countries. People in Turkey and Afghanistan have been condemning and protesting these executions. There were a very successful general strike in Iranian Kurdistan on May 13th protesting the execution of the above five political prisoners by shutting down shops, workplaces and schools. Almost all Iranian labour and human rights groups have issued strong statements. Labour organizations internationally have expressed their outrage at these inhuman actions. From Education International to International Metal Workers' Federation and Amnesty International to Canadian Teachers' Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, The Rail & Maritime Transport Union of New Zealand and the UK PCS Union ... to Vahed Workers' Syndicate in Tehran...and many many more organizations have strongly condemned the execution of Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Houli, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian.
Protest actions need to continue and expanded to maximize pressures on the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop killings and the imprisonment and persecution of labour and political activists.
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Sample Protest Letter-
I (we) am (are) writing this to strongly condemn the execution of Fazad Kamnagar, teacher, labour and human rights’ activist by the Islamic Republic of Iran along with four other political prisoners.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has executed education worker, teacher and human rights activist Farzad Kamangar and four political prisoners in Iran on May 9, 2010. According to the latest report, Mr. Farzad Kamangarn,Mr. Ali Heydarian, Mr. Farhad Vakilie, Ms. Shirin Alamhouli and Mr. Mehdi Eslamian were all executed today. None of the lawyers nor the families of the defendants were aware of executions.
I (we) condemn continuous gross attacks on human and workers’ rights in Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all political prisoners and jailed workers and students.
I (we) call on the Iranian government to fully respect workers’ and human rights including freedom of speech and expression, and the rights to organize, assemble and protest. We call on the IRI to put an end to persecution of labour and human rights activists and social justice and political organizations and not to impede their activities. No one should be persecuted, jailed and assaulted because of practicing their fundamental human rights. Torture and executions must be stopped immediately.
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