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

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"The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison...
12/10/2020

"The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who 'disappeared'. That's what the candle is for."

-- Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International

‘Iran's Supreme Court upholding the death sentence of #RouhollahZam, a journalist and dissident, is a shocking escalatio...
12/08/2020

‘Iran's Supreme Court upholding the death sentence of #RouhollahZam, a journalist and dissident, is a shocking escalation in Iran's use of the death penalty as a weapon of repression. Urgent action including by @eu_eeas is needed for @khamenei_ir to quash this cruel sentence.’

Please consider participating in #GiveThemAVoice campaign by Amnesty Westminster Bayswater: "We want you to pick a text ...
12/06/2020

Please consider participating in #GiveThemAVoice campaign by Amnesty Westminster Bayswater:

"We want you to pick a text by an Iranian prisoners and make a recording of yourself reading the text. This can be a video clip which shows you reading the text, it can also be a clip where people can hear your voice and see photos of the prisoners or you make just an audio clip. Please do not forget to say name & surname of the author + title, before starting the reading.
You can find more information about the campaign and suggestions for prisoners and texts in this blog post.
https://ciluna27.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/give-them-a-voice-join-our-campaign-for-iranian-prisoners-of-conscience/
Please share the clips on Social Media with the hashtag #GiveThemAVoice."

Amnesty Westminster Bayswater and Letters with wings want to invite you to our campaign for Iranian prisoners.
We want you to pick a text by an Iranian prisoners and make a recording of yourself reading the text. This can be a video clip which shows you reading the text, it can also be a clip where people can hear your voice and see photos of the prisoners or you make just an audio clip. Please do not forget to say name & surname of the author + title, before starting the reading.
You can find more information about the campaign and suggestions for prisoners and texts in this blog post.
https://ciluna27.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/give-them-a-voice-join-our-campaign-for-iranian-prisoners-of-conscience/

Please share the clips on Social Media with the hashtag #GiveThemAVoice.

We also want to show as many clips as possible in an online event on 21 December, 7 pm (Yalda Night). It is a tradition in Iran to mark the longest and darkest night (Yalda Night / Winter Solstice) with a gathering of family and friends and the reading of poetry. We want to gather you online and listen to the reading of poetry (and other texts) of Iranian prisoners. We plan to stream it to Amnesty Westminster Bayswater page (https://www.facebook.com/amnestywestminster) .

Please upload your clips (MP3 / MP4, max. 5 min, please name the file with the first and last name of the prisoner) to DropBox https://www.dropbox.com/request/E1MWSqvXOIXGbh1dYUME. If you have technical problems, you can also send your files via WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com/) or by email to [email protected] and/or [email protected]. Please submit your clips by Friday 18 December (midnight) at the latest to enable us to include them at our event.

If you have any questions (also technical questions), please do not hesitate to contact us.

Online petition in English to #SaveAhmadreza - please sign and share. From Amnesty International UK:❗ URGENT: HELP SAVE ...
12/04/2020
Ahmadreza's life is at risk.

Online petition in English to #SaveAhmadreza - please sign and share. From Amnesty International UK:

❗ URGENT: HELP SAVE AHMADREZA FROM EXECUTION IN IRAN ❗

Ahmadreza Djalali is a Swedish-Iranian doctor who was arrested while on a business trip to Iran in 2016. He has been tortured and ordered to ‘confess’ to being a spy.

In a two-minute phone call to his wife on Tuesday, he told her he was being transferred imminently for his death sentence to be carried out.

Since then an “order from higher up” has meant that for next few days his execution has been halted.

We must act now – and fast.

Email the Iranian authorities now asking them stop the execution and release Ahmadreza: http://amn.st/6186HzhVe

We are Amnesty International UK. We are ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

‘Iranian human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh, who has been told she is still infectious w/Covid-19, is unjustly jailed i...
12/04/2020

‘Iranian human rights lawyer #NasrinSotoudeh, who has been told she is still infectious w/Covid-19, is unjustly jailed in Shahr-e Ray prison without access to the specialized medical care she needs after being ordered to prison on 2 December. @khamenei_ir must #FreeNasrin now!’

Iran's @khamenei_ir must immediately stop the execution of Swedish-Iranian academic #AhmadrezaDjalali & quash his death ...
12/01/2020

Iran's @khamenei_ir must immediately stop the execution of Swedish-Iranian academic #AhmadrezaDjalali & quash his death sentence. On 1 December, a judge said Ahmadreza was to be transferred to Raja'i Shahr prison TODAY to proceed with his imminent execution. #SaveAhmadreza
#اعدام_نکنید

Happening online tomorrow. Registration is needed: Screening of Nasrin - the film with a live panel discussion after the...
11/29/2020
Nasrin | Nobel Women's Initiative present - NASRIN | Nasrin

Happening online tomorrow. Registration is needed:
Screening of Nasrin - the film with a live panel discussion after the film! Human rights lawyer Amanda Ghahremani will moderate conversation with Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, activist Maryam Shafipour & filmmaker Jeff Kaufman about solidarity with women human rights activists in Iran.

*Note - this is a North American screening so you must be located in North America to attend

#FreeNasrin

Filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this film. NASRIN is an immersive portrait of one of the world’s most courageous human rights activists and political prisoners, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.

Urgent Action: On 24 November, Iranian-Swedish academic #AhmadrezaDjalali learned that prosecution authorities ordered f...
11/27/2020

Urgent Action: On 24 November, Iranian-Swedish academic #AhmadrezaDjalali learned that prosecution authorities ordered for his death sentence for “corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel-arz) to be carried out. In a brief phone call the same day to his wife, he said he had been transferred to solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison in Tehran. He is at imminent risk of execution.
Please act to #SaveAhmadreza:
✍️ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3396/2020/en/

Urgent! Please act now: online petition by Amnesty Sweden for #AhmadrezaDjalali at the risk of execution in Iran. The ap...
11/25/2020
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Urgent! Please act now: online petition by Amnesty Sweden for #AhmadrezaDjalali at the risk of execution in Iran. The appeal will be sent to Iranian embassy. Please add your name and share:
#SaveAhmadreza

Morgonen den 24 november 2020 ringde Ahmadreza Djalali sin fru i Sverige för att säga farväl. Ahmadreza berättade att han ska flyttas till isoleringscell inför att hans avrättning snart ska verkställas. Den svensk-iranske läkaren och forskaren Ahmadreza Djalali dömdes till döden av Irans R...

Iran: Imminent execution of Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali must be halted‎⁦‪#SaveAhmadreza‬⁩‎⁦‪#AhmadrezaDja...
11/24/2020
Iran: Imminent execution of Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali must be halted

Iran: Imminent execution of Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali must be halted

‎⁦‪#SaveAhmadreza‬⁩
‎⁦‪#AhmadrezaDjalali‬⁩
‎⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‎⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‎ ⁦‪#StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩

We were horrified to learn that the authorities have instructed the office in charge of implementing sentences to transfer Ahmadreza Djalali to solitary confinement and implement his death sentence no later than a week from 24 November.

‘#StoptheExecution & #SaveAhmadreza! @Amnesty is calling on Iran’s authorities @khamenei_ir to immediately stop any plan...
11/24/2020

‘#StoptheExecution & #SaveAhmadreza! @Amnesty is calling on Iran’s authorities @khamenei_ir to immediately stop any plans to execute Swedish-Iranian academic #AhmadrezaDjalali. On 24 Nov, he was transferred to solitary confinement and informed that his execution is imminent.’

‎⁦‪#AhmadrezaDjalali‬⁩
‎⁧‫#اعدام_نکنید‬⁩
‎⁧‫#لغو_فوری_اعدام‬⁩
‎ #StopExecutionsInIran‬⁩

In November 2019, security forces in Iran killed at least 304 men, women and children during five days of protests which...
11/16/2020
A web of impunity: The killings Iran's internet shutdown hid — Amnesty International

In November 2019, security forces in Iran killed at least 304 men, women and children during five days of protests which swept across the country.Security forces used lethal force unlawfully against the vast majority of protesters and bystanders killed, shooting most to the head or torso, indicating intent to kill. To this day, no official has been held accountable for the unlawful killings. The deadly crackdown was accompanied by the authorities shutting down access to the internet for most of the population.
On the anniversary of the shutdown and the deadly crackdown, Amnesty International has created this website to explain what an internet shutdown is, to show why it is a serious violation of human rights, to remember those killed in the protests, and to ask for your help in seeking justice and accountability.
#bloodynovember

Amnesty International’s investigation reveals how internet shutdowns helped hide the killing of hundreds of people in Iran in 2019. See the investigation and help stop internet shutdowns.

Public event co-hosted by Amnesty International, Article 19 and HRW: Victims of Iran’s November 2019 Bloodshed Denied Ju...
11/15/2020
Victims of Iran’s November 2019 Bloodshed Denied Justice

Public event co-hosted by Amnesty International, Article 19 and HRW: Victims of Iran’s November 2019 Bloodshed Denied Justice: Pathways to Accountability

The event will shed light on the litany of serious human rights violations committed by Iran’s security forces and discuss the international mechanisms urgently needed to hold those responsible to account. Speakers include Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. For more info: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3332/2020/en/

When: 17 November 2020 at 2:00 PM GMT (9 AM EST)
To join remotely please register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/victims-of-irans-november-2019-bloodshed-denied-justice-tickets-127995910213

#BloodyNovember

An expert panel with UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killing on the anniversary of nationwide protests in Iran.

‘Amnesty International is outraged by the continued unjust imprisonment of women’s rights defender #SabaKordafshari in I...
11/13/2020

‘Amnesty International is outraged by the continued unjust imprisonment of women’s rights defender #SabaKordafshari in Iran; she's sentenced to 24 years in jail for challenging forced veiling. The Supreme Court has rejected her request for judicial review. She must be released NOW!’

‘No-one should spend a single day in prison for defending human rights. We demand the unconditional release of #NasrinSo...
11/09/2020

‘No-one should spend a single day in prison for defending human rights. We demand the unconditional release of #NasrinSotoudeh now.’
#FreeNasrin
#SetThemFree

URGENT ACTION: 73-year-old Austrian-Iranian dual national, #MassudMossaheb, jailed in Tehran’s Evin prison has serious m...
11/05/2020

URGENT ACTION: 73-year-old Austrian-Iranian dual national, #MassudMossaheb, jailed in Tehran’s Evin prison has serious medical conditions, including heart failure and diabetes. He's at heightened risk of severe illness or death if he contracts #COVID19
✍️ Act Now: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3301/2020/en/

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

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