Don’t Forget About Iran!
Iran is pretty much gone from the media. The attention span of the public is short, and the acts of solidarity around the globe (remember “where is my vote?”) didn’t last long enough to put serious political pressure on the regime.
No country in the world executes as many of their own people as Iran does. Execution isn’t the only human rights violation in which Iran currently holds the record, either. What’s going on over there is truly sickening. One good source of english information is the Iran Solidarity Blog; another thing that helps me to stay up to date is a newsletter written by Maryam Namazie, a distinguished political activist from the UK. She is the head of the OneLawForAll Campaign, spokeswoman of the british council of ex-muslims, member of the British Humanist Association, and involved in countless similar organizations. In her newsletter today, she wrote this:
In the early hours of Sunday 9 May 2010, the Islamic regime of Iran executed political prisoners Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alam-Houli and Mehdi Eslamian. The four young men and one woman were executed for their political opposition to the regime. Farzad Kamangar was a teacher and human rights activist who was arrested in 2006 and charged with ‘enmity against God’ in a ‘trial’ that lasted seven minutes. Mehdi Islamian was arrested on May 4, 2009 and spent six months in solitary confinement; his brother has also been executed. Shirin Alam Hooli was arrested in May 2008 in Tehran and sentenced to death in November 2009. Ali Heydarian and Farhad Vakili were imprisoned since 2006/2007.
The sentences were carried out in secret, without their families or lawyers being informed, and despite the fact that three of the cases were under review. The Islamic regime has refused to hand over the bodies the dead unless their families guarantee that there will be no protests in Iran and abroad.
This isn’t even particulary exceptional – according to iranhr.net, over 350 people were executed on similar charges in 2008 alone – stuff like this never stopped happening. It just isn’t deemed newsworthy by the western media anymore. The international attention, which was huge during the aftermath of the rigged election, has now almost completely vanished.
Please, do your best to keep informed and to raise awareness. What’s happening in Iran is too important to let it just drown in the sea of yesterday’s news. If Iran manages to transform into a free, democratic society, others might follow its example. If the regime stays as it is, they might soon become a nuclear power under the command of a lunatic who deems himself to be the appointed head of god. “President” Ahmadinejad already openly proclaimed his wish to wipre Israel off the map, and chances are he won’t stop at that.
IHEU Petition to keep Iran out of the UN Human Rights Council
Council Of Ex-Muslims of Britain
YouTube user FreedomMessenger20
Stop Child Executions Campaign
Iran Human Rights Watch