UNITED4IRAN:Campaigns by Fellow Human Rights Activists

Dear Friends,

As a network, we believe in the power of numbers. We also believe that true change will come through deep and continual collaboration. In that light, we are devoting this e-blast to the good work of some of our friends and fellow activists.

The projects and campaigns include the Azadi Square Campaign a virtual protest organized by Amnesty International USA in a joint-effort with United4Iran. Also included is information about the Boroumand Foundation’s moving student exhibit “Interrupted Lives”, as well as links to a slideshow and documentary.

Another effort, the One Million Voices Campaign, uses a petition to call on world governments to hold accountable those with documented human rights abuses against the Iranian people.

To mark the third full year of the detention of Iran’s 7 Baha’i leaders, grassroots activists have also begun a campaign — 7,734 Days of Injustice — to highlight the ongoing plight of these 7 spiritual leaders.

We encourage you to read about these campaigns below and on the respective websites. And most importantly, we urge you to take action and ask others to do the same.

In Solidarity,
The U4I Team 

Join Amnesty & U4I for the Azadi Square Virtual Protest
In Iran, students continue to face egregious forms of repression and human rights abuses, as the Iranian authorities attempt to exert control over students opposed to their policies. Those who dare speak out, do so at great risk and with devastating consequences.

To draw attention to ongoing rights abuses in Iran, AIUSA is organizing the Azadi Square campaign – a joint effort with United4Iran. The action is simple and straightforward.

  1. Pick a location to rename Azadi Square. This can be a prominent place in your community, or simply some place close to home, like your front yard.
  2. Make a sign noting you are in Azadi Square. Posters for print can be found here.
  3. Temporarily rename your location Azadi Square by holding or posting your sign or by getting a formal proclamation from your student government or city officials.
  4. Take a picture to document this momentous event and upload it to the Amnesty International Flickr account. Please note your city, state, and country! These pictures will be used to create a virtual protest in Azadi Square, calling for the freedom of Majid Tavakoli and all prisoners of conscience in Iran.

A full activism guide has been put together by Amnesty International USA and is available for download as a PDF. The guide includes examples of letters, sample resolutions, detailed instructions, suggestions, messaging, and tips for organizing. >>Read More 

Interrupted Lives: A Student Exhibition
Throughout the 30+ history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, there have been thousands of cases of human rights abuses. Students have been among those arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and executed.

Whether treated as political pawns, punished for expressing their opinions, or violated for refusing to recant their beliefs, these students were kept from pursuing the development and free exchange of ideas — the very hallmarks of education. Their lives were cut short or irrevocably altered.

Interrupted Lives” – organized by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation and co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA – is a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Iranian students who have been punished for expressing their beliefs. Thousands have been victims of politically motivated arrests or executions during the past three decades.

Click here to watch a 21 minute documentary that tells the stories of Iranian students who have suffered repression, imprisonment, torture and worse. Also available is a slideshow highlighting various Iranian students.

We encourage you to organize the showing of the movie, the slideshow and the exhibit at your campus or in your community. If you’re interested in a screening, please visit the Boroumand Foundation website. >>Read More 

One Million Voices Campaign
One Million Voices for Iran is an independent campaign that calls for global action against human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Using a petition, the campaign calls on world governments to impose travel visas on and freeze the assets of Iranian officials in protest of their documented human rights abuses against the Iranian people.

The campaign also demands all potential sources of help the creation of a special court of human rights to hold accountable the Islamic Republic’s leaders for these human rights abuses. The campaign takes its mandate from the demands of those who languish in Iran’s prisons for pursuing their civil and political rights.

Please feel free to contact the campaign with questions or comments or to volunteer your efforts. Please also take time to sign the One Million Voices petition.

7,734 Days of Injustice: Support Iran’s 7 Baha’i Leaders
This Saturday (May 14, 2011), six of Iran’s seven Baha’i Leaders – Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm – will begin their fourth year in prison. The seventh member of the group – Mahvash Sabet – was arrested three months earlier than her former colleagues, on March 5, 2008.

As the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran complete their third year in jail, protest their imprisonment between May 14-22, 2011 by participating in the below action.

  1. Make a poster indicating the number of days of imprisonment the 7 will have suffered by 14 May 2011 (7,734 days). You can also download a poster here.
  2. Take a picture or video holding this poster.
  3. E-mail the photo to share@united4iran.org to be compiled.
  4. Contact your local media with information about your protest and the photos.
  5. Share the press coverage by sending links to share@united4iran.org>>Read More

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