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 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 even

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 even

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Iran's authorities must immediately and unconditionally release #TomajSalehi, a dissident rap artist detained solely for...
09/17/2021

Iran's authorities must immediately and unconditionally release #TomajSalehi, a dissident rap artist detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. In his songs, he spoke out against repression, corruption, poverty and impunity & called for accountability.

Reports indicate that 12 members of the security forces arrested #TomajSalehi at his home on or about 13 September 2021 and that he is held at an unknown location. Days prior to his arrest, he wrote on his now deactivated Twitter account that he may be arrested soon.

Iran's authorities must immediately and unconditionally release #TomajSalehi, a dissident rap artist detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. In his songs, he spoke out against repression, corruption, poverty and impunity & called for accountability.

Reports indicate that 12 members of the security forces arrested #TomajSalehi at his home on or about 13 September 2021 and that he is held at an unknown location. Days prior to his arrest, he wrote on his now deactivated Twitter account that he may be arrested soon.

Iranian authorities have failed to provide accountability for at least 72 deaths in custody since January 2010, despite ...
09/15/2021

Iranian authorities have failed to provide accountability for at least 72 deaths in custody since January 2010, despite credible reports that they resulted from torture or other ill-treatment or the lethal use of fi****ms and tear gas by officials, said Amnesty International following yesterday’s reports of yet another suspicious death in custody.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/09/iran-a-decade-of-deaths-in-custody-unpunished-amid-systemic-impunity-for-torture/

Iranian authorities have failed to provide accountability for at least 72 deaths in custody since January 2010, despite credible reports that they resulted from torture or other ill-treatment or the lethal use of fi****ms and tear gas by officials, said Amnesty International following yesterday’s reports of yet another suspicious death in custody.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/09/iran-a-decade-of-deaths-in-custody-unpunished-amid-systemic-impunity-for-torture/

September 12, 2020: #NavidAfkari, a young wrestler secretly executed in Iran despite the global outcry. Navid’s two brot...
09/12/2021

September 12, 2020: #NavidAfkari, a young wrestler secretly executed in Iran despite the global outcry.

Navid’s two brothers #VahidAfkari‬⁩ & ⁦‪#HabibAfkari‬⁩ were also arbitrarily arrested by Iranian ⁦‪authorities in 2018 after their participation in protests. Authorities forcibly disappeared them, repeatedly tortured them for months & sentenced them to lengthy imprisonment after grossly unfair trials.

Read More:
1) Navid Afkari: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/09/iran-secret-ex*****on-of-wrestler-navid-afkari-a-travesty-of-justice/
2) Vahid & Habib Afkari:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4250/2021/en/

#نوید_افکاری

Online petition for prisoner of conscience #MaryamAkbariMonfared (please note that you’ll get an email to confirm your s...
09/07/2021
Iran: Misshandlungen gegen Maryam Akbari Monfared stoppen!

Online petition for prisoner of conscience #MaryamAkbariMonfared (please note that you’ll get an email to confirm your signature)
She has been held in cruel and inhumane conditions in a distant prison in Semnan province far from her family since March 2021, in reprisal for her open letters condemning the Iranian authorities’ human rights violations and seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret in #1988Massacre.
She has been unjustly jailed for nearly 12 years.
#FreeMaryam

Maryam Akbari Monfared wurde nach fast zwölf Jahren Haft in ein Gefängnis mit furchtbaren Zuständen fernab ihrer Familie verlegt.

Urgent Action: Prisoner of conscience #MaryamAkbariMonfared has been held in cruel and inhumane conditions in a distant ...
08/27/2021

Urgent Action: Prisoner of conscience #MaryamAkbariMonfared has been held in cruel and inhumane conditions in a distant prison in Semnan province far from her family since March 2021, in reprisal for her open letters condemning the Iranian authorities’ human rights violations and seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret in #1988Massacre.
She has been unjustly jailed for nearly 12 years.

✍️ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/MDE13/4657/2021/en/

Urgent Action: Prisoner of conscience #MaryamAkbariMonfared has been held in cruel and inhumane conditions in a distant prison in Semnan province far from her family since March 2021, in reprisal for her open letters condemning the Iranian authorities’ human rights violations and seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret in #1988Massacre.
She has been unjustly jailed for nearly 12 years.

✍️ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/MDE13/4657/2021/en/

Leaked surveillance footage from Evin prison showing appalling abuse of prisoners serves as a chilling reminder of the i...
08/25/2021
Iran: Leaked video footage from Evin prison offers rare glimpse of cruelty against prisoners | Amnesty International

Leaked surveillance footage from Evin prison showing appalling abuse of prisoners serves as a chilling reminder of the impunity granted to prison officials in Iran who subject those in their custody to torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International has analysed 16 leaked video clips from Evin prison showing appalling prisoner abuse

Heidar Ghorbani is at risk of ex*****on#SaveHaydarGhorbani
08/22/2021

Heidar Ghorbani is at risk of ex*****on
#SaveHaydarGhorbani

Protester #MohammadAlizadeh was killed in Iran on 7 August. A man in civilian clothes shot him with a pistol. He was wal...
08/11/2021

Protester #MohammadAlizadeh was killed in Iran on 7 August. A man in civilian clothes shot him with a pistol. He was walking behind riot police who were chasing protesters, suggesting he was operating alongside or with the acquiescence of security forces.

The latest crackdown in Naqadeh, Iran comes weeks after security forces unlawfully fired live ammunition to crush mostly peaceful protests over water shortages in Khuzestan and Lorestan, leaving at least 11 including a boy dead & scores injured.

Read more:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/iran-security-forces-use-ruthless-force-mass-arrests-and-torture-to-crush-peaceful-protests/

Protester #MohammadAlizadeh was killed in Iran on 7 August. A man in civilian clothes shot him with a pistol. He was walking behind riot police who were chasing protesters, suggesting he was operating alongside or with the acquiescence of security forces.

The latest crackdown in Naqadeh, Iran comes weeks after security forces unlawfully fired live ammunition to crush mostly peaceful protests over water shortages in Khuzestan and Lorestan, leaving at least 11 including a boy dead & scores injured.

Read more:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/iran-security-forces-use-ruthless-force-mass-arrests-and-torture-to-crush-peaceful-protests/

Downtown Toronto, August 5: March and rally to demand #TruthAndJustice for victims of flight #PS752, shot down by #Iran’...
08/06/2021

Downtown Toronto, August 5: March and rally to demand #TruthAndJustice for victims of flight #PS752, shot down by #Iran’s IRCG on Jan 8, 2020. All 176 passengers and crew were killed.
Justice is not negotiable.

The ex*****on of #SajadSanjari yet again shows the utter cruelty of Iran's juvenile justice system. During his first tri...
08/06/2021

The ex*****on of #SajadSanjari yet again shows the utter cruelty of Iran's juvenile justice system. During his first trial, the court found he had reached “maturity” at 15 based on his “pubic hair development”.

Arrested at 15, spent nearly a decade on death row, and secretly executed on Aug 2.
His family were not told until a prison official asked them to collect his body later that day.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/iran-secret-ex*****on-of-young-man-arrested-at-15-a-cruel-assault-on-child-rights/

The ex*****on of #SajadSanjari yet again shows the utter cruelty of Iran's juvenile justice system. During his first trial, the court found he had reached “maturity” at 15 based on his “pubic hair development”.

Arrested at 15, spent nearly a decade on death row, and secretly executed on Aug 2.
His family were not told until a prison official asked them to collect his body later that day.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/iran-secret-ex*****on-of-young-man-arrested-at-15-a-cruel-assault-on-child-rights/

“Join us in urging world leaders including #EU #EnriqueMora to speak out against impunity for crimes against humanity re...
08/06/2021

“Join us in urging world leaders including #EU #EnriqueMora to speak out against impunity for crimes against humanity related to Iran's #1988Massacre and call on UN HRC to set up an investigative & accountability mechanism to deter further bloodshed & secure justice for victims.”

“Join us in urging world leaders including #EU #EnriqueMora to speak out against impunity for crimes against humanity related to Iran's #1988Massacre and call on UN HRC to set up an investigative & accountability mechanism to deter further bloodshed & secure justice for victims.”

Iranian authorities have secretly executed a young man who was a child at the time of his arrest and had spent nearly a ...
08/04/2021
Secret ex*****on of Iranian man arrested as a child

Iranian authorities have secretly executed a young man who was a child at the time of his arrest and had spent nearly a decade on death row, Amnesty International has learned. Sajad Sanjari was hanged in Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah province at dawn on 2 August, but his family were not told until a prison official asked them to collect his body later that day.

In August 2010, police arrested Sajad Sanjari, who was then 15, over the fatal stabbing of a man. Sajad Sanjari said the man had tried to r**e him and claimed he had acted in self-defence, but in 2012 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Sajad Sanjari was just 15 when he was arrested over a fatal stabbing

Amnesty EU on Twitter: Crimes against humanity loom large over Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration as president of #Iran. We co...
08/04/2021

Amnesty EU on Twitter: Crimes against humanity loom large over Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration as president of #Iran. We continue to call for him to be criminally investigated for his role in past and ongoing crimes against humanity related to #1988Massacre
The int’l community, including the #EU, which is sending @enriquemora_ to Raisi’s inauguration, must publicly demonstrate its commitment to fight against systematic impunity in #Iran for extrajudicial ex*****ons & other unlawful killings, enforced disappearances & torture.
World leaders must call on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigative and accountability mechanism to prevent further cycles of bloodshed & secure justice & accountability for victims and survivors.

Amnesty EU on Twitter: Crimes against humanity loom large over Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration as president of #Iran. We continue to call for him to be criminally investigated for his role in past and ongoing crimes against humanity related to #1988Massacre
The int’l community, including the #EU, which is sending @enriquemora_ to Raisi’s inauguration, must publicly demonstrate its commitment to fight against systematic impunity in #Iran for extrajudicial ex*****ons & other unlawful killings, enforced disappearances & torture.
World leaders must call on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigative and accountability mechanism to prevent further cycles of bloodshed & secure justice & accountability for victims and survivors.

“The prosecution of an Iranian former official for crimes under international law by Sweden is a momentous step towards ...
07/27/2021

“The prosecution of an Iranian former official for crimes under international law by Sweden is a momentous step towards justice for the victims of #1988massacres and a strong message to Iran's authorities that impunity will not last forever.”

“The prosecution of an Iranian former official for crimes under international law by Sweden is a momentous step towards justice for the victims of #1988massacres and a strong message to Iran's authorities that impunity will not last forever.”

Add your name to this online petition to the embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in UK: Two young men in their 20s in Ir...
07/23/2021

Add your name to this online petition to the embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in UK:
Two young men in their 20s in Iran are at risk of imminent ex*****on for crimes that took place when they were just 17 years old:
✍️ http://amn.st/6017yd8gP

Add your name to this online petition to the embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in UK:
Two young men in their 20s in Iran are at risk of imminent ex*****on for crimes that took place when they were just 17 years old:
✍️ http://amn.st/6017yd8gP

Iran’s security forces have deployed unlawful force, including by firing live ammunition and birdshot, to crush mostly p...
07/23/2021
Iran's security forces crush protests with ruthless force

Iran’s security forces have deployed unlawful force, including by firing live ammunition and birdshot, to crush mostly peaceful protests taking place across the southern province of #Khuzestan.

According to information obtained from informed sources, security forces have killed at least eight protesters and bystanders, including a teenage boy, since protests began.

Human rights defenders on the ground have reported that in various cities across the province, many injured protesters are not seeking hospital treatment due to fear of arrests. A human rights defender told Amnesty International that on 21 July, security and intelligence agents arrested several injured protesters from a hospital in Susangerd.

Security forces fired automatic weapons and birdshot at demonstrators in Khuzestan

Amnesty International is a signatory
07/19/2021
Rights Groups: Iranian Dissidents Remain at Risk Worldwide Without International Action

Amnesty International is a signatory

July 19, 2021—In a joint statement released today, 10 human rights groups, including the Center for Human Rights in Iran, urged the international community to hold Iranian authorities accountable for their ongoing campaigns of persecution against Iranian dissidents based inside and outside the cou...

From Twitter:  “Condolences to #AhmadrezaDjalali & his family following the death of his mother. She was a tireless advo...
07/16/2021

From Twitter: “Condolences to #AhmadrezaDjalali & his family following the death of his mother. She was a tireless advocate for her son, who is unjustly detained. For months, Iran's authorities have denied Dr. Djalali contact w/his family, including w/his mother in her final days. #FreeDjalali”

From Twitter: “Condolences to #AhmadrezaDjalali & his family following the death of his mother. She was a tireless advocate for her son, who is unjustly detained. For months, Iran's authorities have denied Dr. Djalali contact w/his family, including w/his mother in her final days. #FreeDjalali”

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the  ex*****on of #BahaoddinGhasemzadeh for a crime that took place when h...
07/03/2021

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the ex*****on of #BahaoddinGhasemzadeh for a crime that took place when he was 15 years old and following a conviction based on forced “confessions”. His ex*****on is scheduled to take place in Urumieh tomorrow.

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the ex*****on of #BahaoddinGhasemzadeh for a crime that took place when he was 15 years old and following a conviction based on forced “confessions”. His ex*****on is scheduled to take place in Urumieh tomorrow.

Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, #AhmadrezaDjalali is still at imminent risk of ex*****...
06/27/2021

Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, #AhmadrezaDjalali is still at imminent risk of ex*****on in #Iran
#SaveAhmadreza #FreeDjalali
✍️ Act: https://amnesty-international.be/freedjalali

Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, #AhmadrezaDjalali is still at imminent risk of ex*****on in #Iran
#SaveAhmadreza #FreeDjalali
✍️ Act: https://amnesty-international.be/freedjalali

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International issues new findings about torture inflicted...
06/26/2021

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International issues new findings about torture inflicted on unjustly jailed brothers #VahidAfkari & #HabibAfkari, & renews its call on Iran's authorities to release them as they are arbitrarily detained:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4349/2021/en/

✍️ Take Action here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4250/2021/en/

On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International issues new findings about torture inflicted on unjustly jailed brothers #VahidAfkari & #HabibAfkari, & renews its call on Iran's authorities to release them as they are arbitrarily detained:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4349/2021/en/

✍️ Take Action here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4250/2021/en/

“ICYMI - in his first press conference this week, Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi said he was "proud" of his human ...
06/24/2021

“ICYMI - in his first press conference this week, Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi said he was "proud" of his human rights record.

He should tell that to the families of the 1,000s killed in the infamous 1988 prison massacres”

Details here:https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1394212018ENGLISH.PDF

#Raisi

“ICYMI - in his first press conference this week, Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi said he was "proud" of his human rights record.

He should tell that to the families of the 1,000s killed in the infamous 1988 prison massacres”

Details here:https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1394212018ENGLISH.PDF

#Raisi

Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of #FalahHeidari, a me...
06/24/2021

Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of #FalahHeidari, a member of Iran’s disadvantaged Ahwazi Arab minority, and release him immediately and unconditionally as he is arbitrarily detained solely because of his family association with his activist brother and son abroad. On 20 May 2021, Falah Heidari was summoned to the office of the intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and put under arrest and transferred to an unidentified location. The authorities have since concealed his whereabouts, thereby subjecting him to enforced disappearance, a crime under international law.

Full statement: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4334/2021/en/

Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of #FalahHeidari, a member of Iran’s disadvantaged Ahwazi Arab minority, and release him immediately and unconditionally as he is arbitrarily detained solely because of his family association with his activist brother and son abroad. On 20 May 2021, Falah Heidari was summoned to the office of the intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and put under arrest and transferred to an unidentified location. The authorities have since concealed his whereabouts, thereby subjecting him to enforced disappearance, a crime under international law.

Full statement: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/4334/2021/en/

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