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|No War No Theocracy in Iran -Candle light Vigil for Political Prisoners of Iran|
|Date||Saturday April 15|
|Time||6:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Stop Execution of Political Prisoners in Iran
Join Iranian Americans to protest the coming execution of political dissident Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi and call for the release of all Political Prisoners in Iran.
Candlelight Vigil to support and remember political prisoners in Iran
Come under the banner of “No War-No Theocracy, Support Iranian Resistance”
Saturday April 15th 6-9 pm
Downtown San Francisco at Union Square
The Iranian regime has an atrocious record on human rights, women’s rights, and treatment of political prisons. Amnesty International states “Scores of political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, were arrested. Others continued to be held in prolonged detention without trial or were serving prison sentences imposed after unfair trials. Some had no access to lawyers or family. Freedom of expression and association continued to be restricted by the judiciary, and scores of students, journalists and intellectuals were detained. At least 113 people, including long-term political prisoners, were executed, frequently in public and some by stoning, and 84 were flogged, many in public.”1
In 1988 the Iranian regime engaged in a movement to “cleanse” the country of all political dissent, massacring tens of thousands of political prisoners summarily and without due process or even proper notification of family members. This tragedy went largely unnoticed in the international community and we are still working to raise awareness and remember those who lost their lives. Currently the Iranian regime has maintained its abysmal treatment of political prisoners, brutal torture methods, and barbaric public executions that has included minors and mentally disabled people. It has used homosexuality, deviance from “Islamic chastity” and adultery as basis for execution. The Iranian regime has also begun to actively execute political prisoners within Iran.
The IACNC calls for the immediate action to stop the execution of Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi. 2 The Iranian regime has informed Mr. Feiz-Mahdavi he will be hanged on May 6th. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, 28 was arrested in 2001 and subsequently sentenced to death. Following the execution of PMOI member Hojjat Zamani on February 7, the regime announced on March 20 that it would carry out the execution of Mr. Feiz-Mahdavi.
We call on international organizations and authorities, especially the United Nations Council of Human Rights and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to take urgent action to stop the execution of Mr. Feiz-Mahdavi. We also urge the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the dreadful situation of Iranian political prisoners. Silence and inaction by the international community along with the growing desperation of the Iranian regime to retain power and suppress dissent within Iran has lead to the execution of political prisoners affiliated with the PMOI and other political groups resisting within Iran. The Iranian community in exile and the world community must stand together to stop these executions and prevent another massacre from occurring within Iranian prisons as this regime exits.
The Iranian American Community demands:
* The Immediate release of all Political Prisoners
* Stop torture, stoning and execution the execution within Iran
* No War against Iran
* No to Nuclear weapons in Iran
* No Support of the theocratic government in Iran
We support: All Political Prisoners, the student movement, the organized Iranian resistance, striking workers, women’s rights, and all those who are fighting the Iranian regime.