Amnesty International is in the process of organizing a massive campaign to discourage more executions by IRI. Here is the email I recieved from the Amnesty International with the blogs, Twitter and on the streets to shame the shameless IRI. If you are a member of the Amnesty International, check your mailbox for a similar email below.
Last week, two men were hanged after being accused of inciting the post-June 12 election violence that erupted last summer in Iran. The Iranian government failed to answer one key question – how these men could have been responsible for the violence when they were being held in detention long before it even occurred?
As if this injustice wasn’t enough, now the lives of 9 more men hang in the balance on similar charges. We fear some of them may be executed before February 11th – a date holding much significance in Iran and one that could signify an end to these abuses.
February 11th is known as Victory of the Revolution Day – equivalent to the Fourth of July in the United States; it is meant to symbolize liberty, independence and freedom. Authorities in Iran fear that February 11th will spark a wave of massive protests and unite Iranians in their calls for change and accountability.
That is why on February 11th we intend to do all we can to stand in solidarity with the Iranian people on this important date, but we need your help.
In the days following the contested Presidential election, Iranian authorities took aggressive measures to stifle dissent and stem the flow of information. No outside reporters were allowed in. Iranians were not allowed to freely report out.
Virtually the only way the Iranian people could expose the horrific treatment being inflicted on them was to share their stories online, using blogs and websites like Twitter and Facebook.
We expect Iranians will once again rely solely on the Internet to carry their messages during next week’s expected demonstrations. That is why we are asking everyone to show their solidarity online on February 11th – whether it’s on your blog, website, or social networking profile. Help us raise the voices of those calling for freedom and justice inside Iran.
- Bloggers Unite: Join our network of blogger’s covering Iran and the events on February 11th.
- Twitter Followers: The hashtag #iranelection was one of the most widely-used in the post-election aftermath. Since the violence is still unresolved, we’ll continue to tweet using this hashtag. Make sure your related tweets include: #iranelection.
- Share Online: Help share the message of February 11th by adding our solidarity image to your blog, website or social networking profile.
- Take Action to add this badge to your website or blog.
- If you know someone or if you, yourself, expect to be in New York on February 11th, then be sure to wear black and join our coalition of activists as they stand in a silent vigil for the people of Iran.
We will be keeping a close watch over Victory of the Revolution Day events. Our collective voices can help keep high-level Iranian officials in check. If authorities yet again brutally suppress people’s right to peacefully express their opinions, we will harness the power of the Internet to push right back!
Thank you for standing with us and the people of Iran,
Elise Auerbach, Christoph Koettl and the rest of the Iran crisis response team