PRESS KIT

June 20th, 2011 – According to a recently published statement, 12 political prisoners at Evin Prison’s ward 350 in Tehranhavelaunched an unlimited hunger strike protesting the killings of Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saber.

In solidarity with the 12 brave political prisoners on hunger strike, The Green Protest Campaign announces the launch of a “Political Fast” for a period of one week beginning Sunday June 19th, 2011 aiming to further condemn the killings of Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saber. Furthermore, on June 25th “Black Wave” sit-ins will be held in major cities around the world, protesting these unjust killings and the continuation of human rightviolations by the Islamic Republic of Iran

We hereby invite all Iranians and the international community to join us at the June 25th protest global action to express their solidarity with the political prisoners on hunger strike and to protest against the killing of Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saaber-

List of different cities participating at the campaign- until 23 juni

  1. Stockholm, Sweden
  2. Gothenburg, Sweden
  3. Umeå, Sweden
  4. Rome. Italy
  5. Milan, Italy
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. London, England
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Paris, France
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  11. Amersfoort, Netherlands
  12. Budapest, Hungary
  13. Frankfurt, Germany
  14. Hamburg, Germany
  15. Prague , Czech republic
  16. Ottawa, Canada
  17. Toronto, Canada
  18. Montreal , Canada
  19. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  20. Johor Bahru , Malaysia
  21. Penang , Malaysia
  22. Irvine, USA
  23. Boston, USA
  24. Washington DC , USA
  25. Melbourne, Australia

FACT SHEET

The Green Protest Campaign was formed following the deplorable events occurred in the month of June in Iran, and in the first approach in order to protest against the killings of Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saber.

One of the most important objectives of the campaign is to protest against the widespread violation of human rights committed by the authoritarian government of Iran,  with particular focus on the recurrence of inhumane treatments and atrocities inside the prisons.   The members of the campaign are a group of green movement activists residing in different countries outside Iran.   The Green Protest Campaign at every opportunity and according to campaign capacities will enter into action in order to raise awareness and convey the voice and the protest of the Iranians inside the country to the international community, by organization of different global actions across the world.

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Background:  The situation of human rights violations in Iran according to major international human rights organizations has been very critical in the last 3 decades.  Basic and fundamental rights of individuals and groups have constantly been violated during this period. Such violations are reported to be applied to a  wide range of social groups and categories including women, children, ethnic and religious minorities, students, civil activists, journalists, workers. Following the 2009 election protests, the country’s human rights record has significantly deteriorated and there have been reports of killing of peaceful demonstrators, torture, rape and killing of detained protestors, arrests and publicized mass trials of opposition figures, journalists, artists and human right activists.

The ongoing and recurring violations of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding political prisoners in particular include: Persistent failure to uphold due process of law, violations of the rights of detainees, including defendants held without charge or held incommunicado, the systematic and arbitrary use of prolonged solitary confinement, the lack of access to legal representation of their choice, the refusal to consider granting bail to detainees, as well as reports of detainees being subjected to torture, harsh interrogation techniques and the use of pressure exerted upon their relatives and families.

Many political prisoners in the past two years in Iran have gone periodically on hunger strike to protest against the violation of their basic rights.  Hoda Saber (see below) is the first among the political prisoners in Iran to have actually lost his life due to hunger strike in prison.

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Haleh Sahabi (1957 – 1 June 2011) was an Iranian humanitarian and democracy activist. She was the daughter of former Iranian MP and veteran opposition figure Ezzatollah Sahabi, and the granddaughter of Yadollah Sahabi.  Haleh Sahabi was a member of the “Mothers for Peace” group and a campaigner for women’s rights. On 5 August 2009 she was arrested along with others in front of the parliament during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second inauguration swearing-in ceremony. She was sentenced to two years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the regime” and “disrupting public.

according to eyewitness, Ezattollah Sahabi, Sahabi reportedly got into an argument with several members of the Basij militia.   Eyewitnesses, confirmed that Sahabi was beaten by security forces and that “she was beaten by a member of the forces on her upper body and that she fainted immediately after the strike.”  It has been the subject of speculation that her death may have been due to the injuries inflicted on her lung and intestines during the physical contacts.

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Reza Hoda Saber (19 March 1959 — 10 June 2011) was an Iranian journalist, translator and political activist. He served several prison terms since 2000, and died while on a hunger strike in prison protesting the death of Haleh Sahabi.

On 2 June 2011, Saber and another nationalist-religious figure, Amir Khosrow Dalirsani, stopped eating food and later stopped drinking water to protest “the conditions that led to the death of Haleh Sahabi”, and the government’s crackdown against protesters. Saber was in imprisoned in Ward 350 of Evin Prison at the time. Eyewitnesses have confirmed  that during the six hours between the time he first complained of chest pain early Friday morning and when he was finally taken for medical treatment, Saber was screaming loudly in agony, but prison staff paid no attention to him. According to Melli Mazhabi, Saber’s cellmates announced their readiness to testify in any court as to how his condition and cries were ignored.

Saber died of a heart attack at Tehran’s Modarres Hospital on 10 June 2011, aged 52. He was brought to the hospital for surgery to open up his clogged arteries, but the hunger strike had damaged his heart and prevented a successful surgery

Press kit – PDF version

Contacts:  eteraaz.sabz@gmail.com | www.eteraazsabz.wordpress.com

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