Stop the Executions! An Open Letter From Iranian Mothers
COLOGNE, Germany. A group of Iranian mothers aims to spread the message of Daye Saltaneh – the mother of Farzad Kamangar, who was executed by the Islamic regime two weeks ago. The group plans to protest in front of the state parliament, asking the government to support their cause.
Dear fellow freedom-loving citizens!
More than two weeks have passed since the executions of the political prisoners Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Huli, Ali Heidarian, Mehdi Eslamian and Farhad Wakili Rad. Executions of complete arbitrariness, without even informing the prisoners families or lawyers beforehand. Executions on charges that were, according to the families’ lawyers, absurd and untrue. Farzad Karmangar, a teacher and journalist, was the nineteenth Karmangar family member to be executed by the Islamic regime of Iran.
In Frankfurt/Main Farzads family conducted a memorial celebration in honour of the five executed prisoners. During the event, a letter from Farzads mother was read, mirroring the suffering of a woman who has just lost her child. The tears and the silence of the audience honoured Daye Saltaneh whose wish it is that other mothers are spared the same fate; who thinks of other prisoners who are about to be executed, and who appeals to us to stand up and fight for the release of those in captivity.
We, mothers ourselves, have decided to respect and support her humanitarian message: “I have lost my Farzad, but we shall prevent that other mothers have to suffer too. Stop the executions!”
We are mothers ourselves and have endured much suffering and pain to hand over our children to society. In all those nights that we hug our kids and sing lullabies for them, we think of their future effort for society and themselves. Saye Saltaneh, Farzads mother who raised him in poverty, had already forgotten the hardships of life now that she was proud that her son had become a teacher and was doing his best to teach and care for the the future-shaping youth of his country. The regime took Farzad away from her and has not even handed over the body. Now she is calling on us to prevent the suffering of other mothers.
We, the mothers, follow her call and will gather in front of the state parliament in Düsseldorf, to prevent further suffering and to make a statement against the executions.
Time: Monday, May 31st, until tuesday, June 1st 2010.
A group of iranian mothers and women from Cologne, Germany
(via hpd.de, my translation. Awkward grammar and phrasing in the original.)