Vigils in support of HR in Iran
C A L L F O R P A R T I C I P A T I O N
The Iranian Human Rights Working Group
(IHRWG) is calling on all concerned groups and individuals to participate
in a weekly vigil in support of the fundamental human rights of the Iranian
people. Human Rights violations in Iran have intensified following the
peaceful demonstration of students demanding freedom of press among other
The IHRWG is gravely concerned about the treatment of detainees, as
there are strong indications that a number of student leaders were tortured
in an effort to extract false confessions out of them.
Moreover, the IHRWG believes that the lives of many of the people arrested
are in danger, as senior government officials have called for them to be
tried on charges of "corruption on earth" and "fighting
God", both of which carry the death penalty.
The IHRWG calls for the weekly vigils to be held in front of the IRI
Mission to the UN (622 Third Ave. between 40th and 41st streets) from
4:00 to 7:00 PM every Wednesday, until the following demands have been
met by the Iranian government.
The IHRWG demands:
1 - a. The unconditional release of all of those who have been arbitrarily
b. open and fair trials for all of those arrested activists who have
been charged with any criminal acts.
2 - a. A thorough investigation (conforming with international human
rights standards) into the attack on student dormitories at Tehran University
on July 8 which resulted in deaths, injuries, and arrests of the students;
b. the public disclosure of the results of above investigation, including
release of the number and names of all those killed and detained all over
c. that those responsible for these attacks be brought to justice in
open and fair trials.
3 - The unconditional return of the bodies of all those killed in the
recent unrests to their families.
4 - a. The full disclosure of the results of the investigations into
the killing of dissidents (Forouhar, Eskandari-Forouhar, Mokhtari, Pouyandeh
and Sharif) by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence;
b. the full disclosure of the number, names and rank of the agents who
have been under investigation in relation to those killings;
c. open and fair trial of the agents involved in those killings.
5 - Control and dismantling of paramilitary and extra judiciary groups
who have been terrorizing the public. We also remind the IRI of its obligations,
as a signatory, to respect the provisions of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights (UDHR), which include the right to life, freedom from
torture, cruel and inhumane and degrading punishment, and freedom of opinion
and expression. We ask you to show your support for human rights in Iran
by simply gathering in front of the IRI mission to UN at the above address
for three hours a week. Banners and slogans will be restricted to the
above demands and support of human rights in general.
Iranian Human Rights Working Group
P.O. Box 2422
Portland, OR. 97208
For more information on the vigils, call (732) 728-9627.