Thirty political prisoners in Iran, including the Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah or the daughter of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, signed a platform made public on Sunday demanding that the executions of demonstrators cease. “We, political and ideological prisoners of the women’s ward of Evin prison (Tehran), demand an end to the executions of demonstrators and an end to the unjust sentences inflicted on prisoners in Iran”, can we read in this text.
“Whatever our religious and political beliefs and our origins”, “we have all been sentenced, for a total of 124 years in prison, following unfair and non-transparent procedures. Which is equivalent to several generations of human life,” they testified. Among the signatories are French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, arrested in June 2019 then sentenced to five years in prison for undermining national security, and German-Iranian women’s rights defender Nahid Taghavi, sentenced to 10 years in prison. in 2021 for similar reasons.
Faezeh Hashemi, former MP and daughter of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was sentenced in January to 5 years in prison for criticizing the regime, or Niloufar Bayani, environmental activist, sentenced in 2020 to ten years in prison for “espionage”, also signed the tribune.
According to the Norwegian NGO Iran Human Rights, at least 481 people have been killed and at least 109 people are at risk of execution in connection with the protests, in addition to the four already hanged. Tehran recognizes hundreds of dead, including members of the security forces. The UN also counted 14,000 arrests in four months of protests that began in mid-September after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, following his arrest by the vice police for violating the dress code.