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In recent months the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has waged an all-out war on the civil and political society of Iran.

They have arrested many of the 14 signatories of a statement demanding the resignation of IRI leader Ayatollah Khamenei.  They include Messrs. Hashem KhastaarJavad Laal MohammadiMohammad Hossein SepehriMohammad NourizadAbdul Rasoul MortazaviMorteza Ghasemi, and Mmes. Hourieh Farajzaadeh TaraniFatemeh Sepehri and Pouran Nazemi.

Others receiving outrageously long prison sentences include three of the “Girls of Revolution Street” (movement of women who oppose enforced hijab)  including Yasamin AraianiMonireh Arabshahi and Mojgan Keshavarz  (combined 55 year prison sentence), Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (1 year), British Council Employee Aras Amiri (10 years), film and theater photographer Nooshin Jafari, political affairs journalist Hamed Aynehvand (6 years), students Layla Hossein Zadeh (13 years) and Sina Omran (8 years.)   

These are just a few of many dozens of people arrested.

The signatories of this statement, The Union for Secular Republic and Human Rights in Iran, United Republicans of Iran, The Left Party of Iran (PF), demand the immediate release of those who have been arrested against their basic human rights and we hold the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for their safety and well-being.

President Rouhani is due to visit the United States in late September to attend the annual General Assembly of the United Nations.  We hope Honorable António Guterres and International human rights organizations press him to release these innocent people.

Union for Secular Republic and Human Rights in Iran

The Left Party of Iran (PF)

United Republicans of Iran

August 28, 2019

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