Stop Torture! Stop Murder!
Free all political prisoners in Iran!
The People’s upsurge in Iran
and the political crisis that started after the presidential election fraud is continuing.
The people are still refusing to back down and the Islamic regime continues its
extreme brutality in higher scales. The angry reaction of the people did not
develop overnight but it is a response to 30 years of oppression, deprivation
and repression by a religious regime against women and different sections of
The people started their struggle by demanding their vote to be counted,
but in the course of the last two months struggle they have increasingly been
challenging the existence of the whole system by shouting ‘death to Khamenei’ (the leader of Islamic regime) and ‘down with the
Islamic Republic’, ‘Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic’.
As the people’s struggle intensified the regime’s brutality and
desperation escalated to its highest point. There are undeniable evidences of
the harshest torture against those who were arrested in the last two months
struggle. So far the name of several youths who died in the custody under the
torture are known. There are increasing evidences of
rape of young women and even young men by the interrogators and other thugs in
the medieval prisons of the Islamic regime. However raping women has a long
history in the Islamic regime’s prisons of the women’s political prisoners in
the 80’s and after that but the latest horror stories has exposed the regime
completely and has enraged the whole population. The Islamic regime in disgrace
has resorted to desperate actions. The notorious prison of Kahrizak
with many horror stories has been shut down or said to be shut down just to
eliminate and hide the evidences of shocking brutalities. The regime has also
set up the trial shows of so called confession by the prisoners in order to
shake the people’s determination but it has just increased the contempt of a
There is no doubt that the strong presence of women and in particular
the young women in the fro front of these struggles have angered the regime.
Women were the first section of the masses to be targeted when the
Islamic regime came to power. The compulsory wearing of the Hijab
(the Islamic veil) and other forms of discrimination against women have been
one of the daily tasks of the regime’s thugs over the last 30 years.
Nonetheless, over the last 30 years, women have never stopped their struggle.
Only a month after the establishment of the Islamic regime, women held their
first demonstration and ever since have continued to oppose the regime in
various ways despite the extreme atrocities against them. Over the last 30
years the hatred of women for this system has accumulated. It is no surprises
that we see such a large proportion of protestors are furious women.
Parallel to the people’s struggle the whole world watched and heard of
unbelievable brutalities of a criminal regime. The brutality that took the
lives of our bravest daughters and sons such as Neda Agha-Soltan and Sohrab Araabi who participated in the protest on 20th
June. The world heard of the viciousness
that raped, murdered, burned and then threw away to a remote area the body of Traneh Mousavi the young woman
who was arrested on 20th June and was missing for a month. The world
heard of the ferocities of the murders under the torture of at least tens of
brave protestors such as Amir Javadifar a University
student. There are still hundreds of bodies not identified while the parents
are looking for their loved one from one prison to another, from one hospital
to another. There are still hundreds in the prisons under the savage tortures
while their families have no news from them.
We call on all freedom loving people, all those
disgusted by the discrimination against women, all those outraged by these
brutalities give their support to the people’s struggle for freedom and
equality and join the struggle to free the political prisoners in Iran.
8 March Women’s Organization (Iran – Afghanistan)-UK
14 August 2009
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