Mothers of victims continue to protest in Iran

Mothers of victims continue to protest in Iran

Published by on August 8, 2015

Iran-Mothers-protestThe mothers of Iranian activists who have been imprisoned on bogus charges and were either killed under torture, have gone missing, or given long prison terms, continue their protest in front of prisons in Tehran. A number of these mothers have been protesting for years despite their cries falling on deaf ears.

Saeid Zinali’s mother has no information about her son for 16 years. She wants justice and complains against the Supreme leader Ali Khamenei who is the supreme leader of the kidnapers and killers of her son. She wants a fair investigation into her son’s arrest and missing. If he is killed in prison she wants to know why, haw and by whom? She wants his killers to be identified and tried in a just court. She wants to know where her son is buried.

Omid Alishenas is a children’s rights activist who was sentenced to 10 years prison for his activism accused of ‘acts against national security’. His mother calls this shameful and calls for her release.

The third woman in the picture is the mother of slain blogger Sattar Beheshti who was killed under torture after his arrest. Her mother’s activism forced the regime to form a trial for the murderer. But since the murderer is one of them, the authorities, he got a sentence for 2 years in prison. While the regime is gauging out eye of a young man who accidentally damaged the eye of person in a street brawl, and while innocent children of 12 and 14 years old get long prison terms and sometimes even execution for much less of a crime, she is asking why? Where is justice?
We, all the volunteers of ILA, salute these brave mothers for their activism and tireless campaigning.


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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