Amnesty International Iran Action Circle

Amnesty International Iran Action Circle Volunteer-run group working on campaigns and activities related to improving human rights in Iran under the guidelines of Amnesty International.
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Follow us on Twitter: @aiiactoronto Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amnesty_toronto_iranac/ The Iran Action Circle strives to raise awareness about and take action against human rights abuses in Iran. We are a group based in Amnesty International's Toronto office and deal with a wide range of human rights abuses within Iran. Activities can range from street actions to annual events to participating in broader national and international Amnesty activities. If you would like to join our group feel free to email us and attend our regular monthly meetings. Follow us on Twitter: @aiiactoronto

Operating as usual

Niloufar Bayani, Houman Jowkar, Morad Tahbaz, Taher Ghadirian, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Sam Rajabi and Sepideh Kashani have...
10/21/2020

Niloufar Bayani, Houman Jowkar, Morad Tahbaz, Taher Ghadirian, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Sam Rajabi and Sepideh Kashani have been behind bars for #1000days solely for their peaceful conservation activities.
Their trials were deeply flawed and they were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment including through prolonged solitary confinement in order to extract forced “confessions”.
They shouldn’t have spent even one day in prison. Iranian authorities must release them immediately and unconditionally.

‎‏⁧‫#امید_برای_طبیعت‬⁩
‎‏⁧‫#هزارروز‬⁩⁩
‎‏⁦‪#anyhopefornature‬⁩
‎‏⁦‪#1000days‬⁩
‪#SetThemFree‬⁩‬‫
‎‫⁧‫#آزادشان_کنید

Prisoner of conscience #SoheilArabi was transferred out of Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary on 18 Sept 2020. Prison o...
10/17/2020

Prisoner of conscience #SoheilArabi was transferred out of Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary on 18 Sept 2020. Prison officials have told his family he is now held in Raja'i Shahr prison, Karaj, but Soheil Arabi has had no contact with the outside world since his transfer.

This raises fears that he may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment since he has had no contact with the outside world in nearly one month. The denial of all contact is also causing Soheil Arabi's family great alarm.

The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Soheil Arabi. Pending this, he must be protected from torture and other ill-treatment, provided urgently with any medical care he may require, and given access to his family and a lawyer of his choosing.

Urgent Action:Azerbaijani Turkic activist #AbbasLesani is being arbitrarily imprisoned in Ardabil prison after a grossly...
10/14/2020

Urgent Action:
Azerbaijani Turkic activist #AbbasLesani is being arbitrarily imprisoned in Ardabil prison after a grossly unfair trial. The case against him by the Iranian authorities is politically motivated because of his activism. He must be released.
✍️ ACT:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3130/2020/en/

On August 10 #NasrinSotoudeh began a hunger strike protesting against authorities’ refusal to release political prisoner...
10/12/2020

On August 10 #NasrinSotoudeh began a hunger strike protesting against authorities’ refusal to release political prisoners. She ended her hunger strike, but she is still in prison and her health is under serious threat.
✍️ Act Now:
https://takeaction.amnesty.ca/page/40318/act/1
#FreeNasrin
#SetThemFree‬⁩‬
‎‫⁧‫#آزادشان_کنید

#NoToDeathPenalty‬⁩‎‏⁧‫#نه_به_اعدام‬⁩#WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty
10/10/2020

#NoToDeathPenalty‬⁩
‎‏⁧‫#نه_به_اعدام‬⁩
#WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty

#NoToDeathPenalty‬⁩‎‏⁧‫#نه_به_اعدام‬⁩#WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty
10/10/2020

#NoToDeathPenalty‬⁩
‎‏⁧‫#نه_به_اعدام‬⁩
#WorldDayAgainstTheDeathPenalty

Amnesty family shares its heartfelt condolences with the people of Iran on the passing of legendary master vocalist Moha...
10/08/2020

Amnesty family shares its heartfelt condolences with the people of Iran on the passing of legendary master vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian. His unparalleled voice and his enduring commitment to freedom, justice and dignity will remain an inspiration.

‏خانواده عفو بین‌الملل درگذشت اسطوره آواز، استاد محمدرضا ⁧‫شجریان‬⁩ را به مردم ایران تسلیت می‌گوید.
‏صدای بی نظیر و تعهد ماندگار او به آزادی، عدالت و کرامت انسانی الهام‌بخش ما خواهد بود.

Great news! Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has been released from prison! She should never have been unj...
10/08/2020

Great news! Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has been released from prison! She should never have been unjustly jailed for over 5 years for her peaceful human rights activism. Many thanks to everyone across the globe who worked tirelessly for her release! ✌️

Iranian authorities must quash the death sentence of Kurdish prisoner Shaker Behrouz who was convicted after an unfair t...
10/07/2020

Iranian authorities must quash the death sentence of Kurdish prisoner Shaker Behrouz who was convicted after an unfair trial in Urumieh. He says he was tortured into giving false "confessions". He should be given a fair retrial without recourse to the death penalty.

‏⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‏⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‏ ⁦‪#StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩

Iranian authorities must quash the death sentence of Kurdish man Mohayyedin Ebrahimi. He was convicted after an unfair t...
10/06/2020

Iranian authorities must quash the death sentence of Kurdish man Mohayyedin Ebrahimi. He was convicted after an unfair trial in Urumieh and was denied access to a lawyer at the investigation stage. He should be given a fair retrial without recourse to the death penalty.

‏⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‏⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‏ ⁦‪#StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩

Urgent Action: Jailed human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh’s health is at serious risk after the Iranian authorities retu...
09/25/2020

Urgent Action:
Jailed human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh’s health is at serious risk after the Iranian authorities returned her to prison from hospital, even though a doctor said she needed a heart-related medical procedure. She had been hospitalized when her health severely deteriorated on a hunger strike, which she is doing in protest at the Iranian authorities abuses in the criminal justice system, including their refusal to release eligible prisoners held on politically motivated charges. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

ACT: ✍️ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3118/2020/en/

#FreeNasrin
#SetThemFree

Urgent Action: Iranian Kurdish prisoner #HeidarGhorbani is at risk of execution after an unfair trial in which torture-t...
09/23/2020

Urgent Action: Iranian Kurdish prisoner #HeidarGhorbani is at risk of execution after an unfair trial in which torture-tainted "confessions" were used as evidence to convict him.
ACT: Urge Iraninan authorities to quash his death sentence and ensure that he is granted a fair retrial:
✍️ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3101/2020/en

‎⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‎ ⁦#StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩

#AliYounesi:⚫️ Two months in solitary confinement ⚫️ Six months since arbitrary arrested⚫️ Under pressure to make ‘confe...
09/22/2020

#AliYounesi:
⚫️ Two months in solitary confinement
⚫️ Six months since arbitrary arrested
⚫️ Under pressure to make ‘confessions’

Iranian authorities must release Ali Younesi immediately and unconditionally and anyone else arbitrarily detained solely based on their families’ real or perceived ties to opposition groups.

Your actions matters:
✍️ https://bit.ly/3mLBQcm

#FreeAliYounesi

‘Iranian women’s rights defender #SabaKordafshari, 22, is unjustly jailed for her human rights work, including campaigni...
09/21/2020

‘Iranian women’s rights defender #SabaKordafshari, 22, is unjustly jailed for her human rights work, including campaigning against Iran’s discriminatory forced veiling laws. @amnesty renews its calls on the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally.
She is jailed in Tehran's Evin prison and requires ongoing medical care for painful pre-existing gastrointestinal problems. Pending her release, #SabaKordafshari must urgently receive any medical care she needs.’

#SetThemFree

‘Amnesty International is seriously concerned about the deteriorating health of human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh, who...
09/20/2020

‘Amnesty International is seriously concerned about the deteriorating health of human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh, who was hospitalized w/heart problems 40 days into her hunger strike. The organization renews its call on the Iranian authorities to release her immediately & unconditionally.’
#FreeNasrin
#SetThemFree

#HoshmandAlipour⚫️ Denied access to lawyer of his choosing ⚫️ Torture and other ill-treatment⚫️ Forced “confessions”⚫️ U...
09/14/2020

#HoshmandAlipour
⚫️ Denied access to lawyer of his choosing
⚫️ Torture and other ill-treatment
⚫️ Forced “confessions”
⚫️ Unfair total
⚫️ Sentence: death

Take urgent action with Amnesty UK to save #HoshmandAlipour, from Iran’s Kurdish minority, from execution:
✍️ https://www.amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/kurdish-iranian-man-risk-execution

‎⁦‪#SaveHoshmandAlipour‬⁩
‎⁦‪#StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩e
‎⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‎⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩

The secret execution this morning of wrestling champion #NavidAfkari, without prior notice to him, his family or lawyer,...
09/12/2020
Iran: Secret execution of wrestler Navid Afkari a ‘travesty of justice’

The secret execution this morning of wrestling champion #NavidAfkari, without prior notice to him, his family or lawyer, after a grossly unfair trial, is a horrifying travesty of justice that needs immediate international action.

#نوید_افکاری

Champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran in secret - this is a travesty of justice as he didn't have a fair trial and was tortured.

The Iranian authorities must immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of #NavidAfkari, a wrestling champion at immine...
09/11/2020
Iran: Wrestling champion feared at risk of imminent secret execution

The Iranian authorities must immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of #NavidAfkari, a wrestling champion at imminent risk of being executed in secret, Amnesty International said today, while calling on the international community, including UN human rights bodies and EU member states to urgently intervene.

#نوید_افکاری

The Iranian authorities must immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of Navid Afkari, a wrestling champion at imminent risk of being executed in secret.

Amnesty International new #Iran research shows that authorities committed shocking human rights violations against detai...
09/02/2020

Amnesty International new #Iran research shows that authorities committed shocking human rights violations against detainees after the November 2019 protests, including widespread torture such as beatings, floggings, electric shocks, waterboarding, sexual violence, forced administration of chemical substances, and the deprivation of medical care. Among the 7,000 men, women and children detained, hundreds were subjected to grossly unfair trials on baseless national security charges, and death sentences issued based on torture-tainted “confessions”. Read our report 👉 http://amn.st/6009GU7iz #IranProtests

Via Center for Human Rights in Iran:Critical Deterioration in Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Health as Hunger Strike Hits Three-Week ...
09/02/2020
Critical Deterioration in Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Health as Hunger Strike Hits Three-Week Mark

Via Center for Human Rights in Iran:
Critical Deterioration in Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Health as Hunger Strike Hits Three-Week Mark

Imprisoned Human Rights Attorney Refuses Food to Demand Release of Prisoners Endangered by COVID-19 Husband: “Nasrin has become extremely weak” August 31, 2020—The health of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has become critically threatened by a hunger strike she began on August 1...

Mock executions. Electric shocks. Waterboarding.On 2 September, Amnesty International will launch a new report on the sh...
09/01/2020

Mock executions. Electric shocks. Waterboarding.

On 2 September, Amnesty International will launch a new report on the shocking torture & other human rights violations committed against people detained in connection w/the November 2019 protests in Iran.

‏اعدام نمایشی
‏شوک الکتریکی
‏القای حس خفگی با آب

‏ویرانگران انسانیت
‏گزارش جدید عفو بین الملل در خصوص شکنجه‌های تکان‌دهنده و موارد گسترده نقض حقوق بشر در سرکوب‌های پس از اعتراضات آبان.

‏زمان انتشار:
‏چهارشنبه ۱۲ شهریور ۱۳۹۹

‏⁧‫#آبان_خونین‬⁩

08/30/2020
Blood-Soaked Secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 prison massacres are ongoing crimes against humanity

‎August 30: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
‎⁦‪#TruthAndJustice‬⁩

‎روز جهانی قربانیان ناپدیدسازی قهری
‎⁧‫#کشتار۶۷‬⁩

Between late July and September 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed thousands of prisoners for their political op...

Tweetstorm ⁦‪in support of  #NasrinSotoudeh‬⁩‎Saturday August 29, 12.30 pm ESTHashtags:#FreeNasrin⁧‫#نسرین_ستوده‬⁩Please...
08/28/2020

Tweetstorm ⁦‪in support of #NasrinSotoudeh‬⁩
‎Saturday August 29, 12.30 pm EST

Hashtags:
#FreeNasrin
⁧‫#نسرین_ستوده‬⁩

Please also add your name to our online petitons for Nasrin and other prisoners amidst #COVID19InPrisons:

1) https://takeaction.amnesty.ca/page/40318/action/1
2) https://takeaction.amnesty.ca/page/61424/2action/1

توفان توییتری در حمایت از نسرین ستوده
شنبه ساعت ۹ با هشتگ.
#نسرین_ستوده
#FREENASRIN

‎Add your name to ⁦Amnesty Canada’s online petition calling on Iranian authorities to release ⁦‪#NasrinSotoudeh‬⁩ immedi...
08/25/2020
Call on Iranian authorities to free Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately

‎Add your name to ⁦Amnesty Canada’s online petition calling on Iranian authorities to release ⁦‪#NasrinSotoudeh‬⁩ immediately
‎⁦
‎⁦‪#FreeNasrin‬⁩
‎⁦‪#SetThemFree
‎⁧‫#آزادشان_کنید‬⁩

Sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes for defending women's rights.

Great news! ‘Hamid Ahmadi, who was 17 when arrested in 2008, was released on 20 August. He had been on death row since A...
08/21/2020

Great news! ‘Hamid Ahmadi, who was 17 when arrested in 2008, was released on 20 August. He had been on death row since August 2009 after a grossly unfair trial which convicted him based on torture-tainted “confessions”. Courts repeatedly failed to investigate his torture allegations.

Throughout his years in prison, he was scheduled for execution at least 5 times, causing him & his family great anguish. Each time, the execution was stopped after extensive campaigning by Amnesty members around the world.

Thanks to everyone who took action to save his life!’

‏ #اعدام_نکنید
‏⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‏⁧‫ #StopExecutionsInIran

Nasrin Sotoudeh started a hunger strike on August 11th to demand the release of political prisoners in Iran. Read her st...
08/19/2020
A letter from Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh started a hunger strike on August 11th to demand the release of political prisoners in Iran. Read her statement and join our call for Iran to release Nasrin⬇️

#FreeNasrin
‪#SetThemFree‬⁩‬
‎‫⁧‫#جان_زندانیان_در_خطر_است‬⁩‬
‎‫⁧‫‬⁩‬ #شکنجه_با_کرونا
‎‫⁧‫#آزادشان_کنید‬⁩‬
#اعتصاب_غذا

On 11 August, Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, posted on Facebook that Nasrin Sotoudeh had gone on hunger strike to “demand the release of political prisoners in Iran”. The post included the following statement from Nasrin Sotoudeh: Human rights activists, In the midst of the coronavir...

08/12/2020

In 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and secretly executed several thousand political dissidents.

Three decades on, families and survivors are still seeking #TruthAndJustice.

We stand with them.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/9421/2018/en/

‘In Iran, authorities announced that they had temporarily released 85,000 prisoners but many human rights defenders cont...
08/10/2020
Human rights defenders languish in COVID-19-hit prisons as state crackdowns continue

‘In Iran, authorities announced that they had temporarily released 85,000 prisoners but many human rights defenders continue to be held on politically motivated charges in appalling conditions.
Amid the crisis, Iranian authorities have also continued to arbitrarily arrest and imprison human rights defenders.’

‎✍️ Take Action: Add your name to ⁦‪‬⁩our online petition:
https://takeaction.amnesty.ca/page/61424/2action/1‎⁦

‎⁧‫#جان_زندانیان_در_خطر_است‬⁩
‎⁧‫#کرونا_زندان‬⁩

COVID-19 is an added punishment for unjustly imprisoned activists

Five protesters have been sentenced to death in relation to the Jan 2017-Dec 2018 protests in Iran: Mohammad Bastami, Me...
08/07/2020

Five protesters have been sentenced to death in relation to the Jan 2017-Dec 2018 protests in Iran: Mohammad Bastami, Mehdi Salehi, Hadi Kiani, Abbas Mohammadi and Majid Nazari.

Amnesty International calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately quash the death sentences of these five men and grant them a fair retrial without recourse to the death penalty. Anyone detained solely for peacefully taking part in the protests must be released.

‏ #اعدام_نکنید
‏⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‏⁧‫ #StopExecutionsInIran

Today, Kurdish Iranian woman #FatemehDavand was summoned to Urumieh prison to serve a prison sentence of 3 yrs & 9 month...
08/06/2020

Today, Kurdish Iranian woman #FatemehDavand was summoned to Urumieh prison to serve a prison sentence of 3 yrs & 9 months in connection w/her peaceful participation in the November 2019 protests. She already served a separate 5-month prison sentence in relation to the protests.

She was imprisoned after an unfair trial which used “confessions” she reportedly made under torture and other ill-treatment to convict her. Her forced “confession” was broadcast on state television just days after her arrest.

Amnesty International calls for Fatemeh Davand’s release, as she has been imprisoned on the basis of her peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and forced “confessions” she reportedly made under torture.

- via Amnesty Iran on Twitter

From Amnesty Iran on Twitter:Amnesty International condemns the execution of protester #MostafaSalehi, which was carried...
08/06/2020

From Amnesty Iran on Twitter:
Amnesty International condemns the execution of protester #MostafaSalehi, which was carried out in Esfahan prison on 5 August despite serious unfair trial concerns incl torture & other ill-treatment & the denial of access to a lawyer during the investigation phase of his case.
Mostafa Salehi was convicted of murder for the killing of a Revolutionary Guards member during nationwide protests in Dec 2017-Jan 2018. He maintained his innocence and independent media reports suggest that the prosecution authorities failed to provide evidence of his guilt.
The Iranian authorities have a deplorable track record when it comes to the use of the death penalty. Mostafa Salehi’s execution shows, once again, that the Iranian authorities are more interested in seeking vengeance than justice.

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