Maryam Akbari from Evin: My compatriots and I are the ones to grant amnestyPublished by International Liberty Association on April 2, 2018
Maryam Akbari Monfared, the prisoner of conscience in Iran has sent out an open letter from the women’s ward of Evin Prison rebuking the notorious judge, Salavati, who sentenced her to 15 years of imprisonment.
In response to an inquiry of Ms Akbari’s husband about Judge Salavati had said: “let me check out and see whether her name is on the amnesty list.”
In a strongly-worded open letter, Maryam Akbari Monfared reacted by listing the mullahs’ crimes during their rule and said, “My enchained compatriots and I are the ones who must grant amnesty (to likes of you).”
The letter put on social media on 30 March 2018, reads as follows:
Iran’s society was still fresh with the sense of the 1979 revolution when the first NoRuz arrived. The Islamic caliphate was trying to conceal its tyrannical nature under a banner of democracy (by staging a referendum) and subsequently used this as a cover to implement its anachronistic and anti-human values. The dark days subsequently began to follow.
In the history of nations, there are incidents whose impact on the people lasts for generations.
The incidents of the 1980s, the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, the disposable soldiers, the disposable students who were sent to the mine fields, and the executions of the most courageous children of Iran, were the first gifts of the Islamic Republic or the people of Iran. Aside from the lives and the years that were destroyed, the social infrastructures rapidly started to dismantle, a catastrophe consequences of which can still be felt decades after the end of the war.
The wall of repression was erected taller with every passing day. The totalitarian nature of the Islamic Republic which sought to monopolise everything gradually became more evident.
In that dark environment which did not have any opening to freedom and justice, a generation of pioneers who could not be bought, revealed the inhuman and medieval nature of this regime. Hail to the martyrs who gave their lives for freedom, hail to the martyrs of the 1980s, the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, who sowed the seeds of protest and resistance in Iranian society and made the world bow before their magnificence.
The 1988 massacre, concealment of the graves, hiding the names of martyrs. From the prisons and interrogation rooms in the 1980s, the regime’s followers have denied the continued existence of victims to the point that regime’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif denies the existence of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, but the Call for Justice movement challenged him.
The 1988 massacre laid the foundation for a regime of executions, an incessant cycle of executions which has been implemented up to this date. The Islamic Republic has brought nothing but carnage, plunder and bloodshed for Iran and Iranians. It has stolen the country’s wealth and resources. The banks and pension funds have gone bankrupt, people are hungry and the economy has been crippled. Division and contradiction among the regime’s factions have intensified as deals and relations are unravelled.
Amidst so much misery and misfortune, the mullahs have sensed that their end is imminent. They seek to cover up so many years of oppression and what they have done to the people of Iran with the deceit of amnesty.
What I have briefly enumerated is a response to Abolghassem Salavati who told my husband after his latest inquiry, “Let me check out and see whether her name is on the amnesty list.”
After nine years of imprisonment, I am proud and steadfast and my heart is filled with joy for all of its moments. Not only I demand justice for my sister and brothers, but also for myself for the life you stole from me, for the nine years that you deprived my children from living normally, you stole their childhood. So, my enchained compatriots and I are the ones who must grant amnesty (to likes of you).
With all my love and faith, I extend my warmest salutes to the martyrs who fell for freedom and to the martyrs of the uprising in December and January who became symbols of honesty, selflessness and perseverance.
Maryam Akbari Monfared
Evin – Spring 2018