Pictured: An Iranian woman in Brussels showing solidarity with protesters in Iran. February 20, 2023
STOP IRAN NOW/IRAN INTERNATIONAL - July 8, 2023
The Iranian Writers Association is urging people and organizations around the world to support the Iranian protesters by becoming their voice and advocating for their rights.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the association condemned the crackdown on street protesters, the wave of arrests, instances of torture and intimidation, and the imposition and execution of death sentences by the Iranian government. They further noted the ongoing oppression faced by women in various forms and the discriminatory working and educational environments for those who protest the compulsory hijab.
The association emphasized the importance of collective action in overcoming the challenges imposed by the government and called for a unified effort to address the issues faced by the Iranian people.
Earlier this week, a UN-mandated fact-finding mission made a plea to Iran to halt the execution of individuals sentenced to death for their involvement in the country's past anti-government protests. The mission urged Iranian authorities to provide access to judicial files, evidence, and judgments related to these individuals.
According to the fact-finding mission's report, the claim by Iranian authorities that 20,000 arrested protesters have been pardoned suggests that the actual number of detainees surpasses this figure. The report also highlighted the shocking execution of seven protesters and expressed concern over reports of coerced confessions obtained through torture. The Iranian Writers Association's call for global support aims to shed light on the plight of Iranian protesters and detainees, seeking justice and an end to the ongoing violations of human rights in Iran.