Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners

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Free Iran's Political Prisoners NOW!

The Lives of Iran’s Political Prisoners Hang in the Balance—We Must ACT Now

An Emergency Appeal


We are halfway to raising $9k to print the Emergency Appeal in Ms. magazine. Let's reach out to more friends!

Raised: $5,700

A brutal campaign of arrests, torture and executions is now taking place in Iran. This is an emergency. The lives and dignity of hundreds of political prisoners are in imminent, mortal danger. 

All those who stand for justice and yearn for a better world must rally to the cause of freeing Iran’s political prisoners NOW.  

Beginning in October 2020, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) launched a massive new wave of arbitrary arrests against labor, women's, and human rights activists; dissident intellectuals and artists; protesters and revolutionaries; and members of religious and oppressed minorities.

Many are now being tortured, held in solitary confinement, and denied legal rights, assistance or medical aid, as the IRI attempts to force "confessions,” conducts sham “trials,” and carries out brutal floggings.

Amnesty International has condemned Iran, which executed 246 people in 2020 and perhaps more in 2021, for using the death penalty as “a weapon of political repression.” This regime has a blood-stained record of attempting to violently crush any form of dissent or resistance — including sudden mass executions of political prisoners as happened in 1988.

Importantly, this repression has been met with inspiring heroism

Many prisoners, their families, supporters and various Iranian organizations have been speaking out and demanding freedom for ALL Iran’s political prisoners—at great risk to their own safety.

The Iranian Writers Association has denounced the execution of prisoners of conscience, even as it is under extreme repression. After being imprisoned for over five years, human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has again been imprisoned, sentenced to another eight years and 74 lashes. The persecution of attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh (subject of documentary film NASRIN) and other defiant defense lawyers is an example of this nightmare of detentions and this implacable spirit of resistance.

Iran’s political prisoners face a dire and life-threatening emergency

A number of dual nationals from Europe, Australia and the U.S. are being held in the “political ward” of the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. For example, Nahid Taghavi, an Iranian-German citizen, was kept in solitary confinement for 194 days, and interrogated 80 different times. Mehran Raoof, a British-Iranian citizen and labor rights activist, was held in solitary confinement for eight months which is broadly understood as torture.

Women prisoners, such as Sepideh Gholian and others, are increasingly transferred to more remote prisons, limiting access by their families and lawyers. Many members of the Bah’ai faith and the Kurdish and Baluch peoples are being targeted.

All of Iran's political prisoners must be unconditionally and immediately released

The governments of the U.S. and Iran act from their national interests. And, in this instance, we the people of the U.S. and Iran, along with the people of the world, have OUR shared interests, as part of getting to a better world: to unite to defend the political prisoners of Iran. In the U.S., we have a special responsibility to unite very broadly against this vile repression by the IRI, and to actively oppose any war moves by the U.S. government that would bring even more unbearable suffering to the people of Iran.

We demand of the Islamic Republic of Iran: FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW!


Write to the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners at FreeIransPoliticalPrisonersNOW@gmail.com.

We demand of the Islamic Republic of Iran: FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW‍


Join the 3,650+ people who have signed the Emergency Appeal or an earlier Statement.
A partial list*:
  • Noam Chomsky, Professor MIT (emeritus), Univ. of Arizona
  • Ariel Dorfman, Author, Death and the Maiden
  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2003
  • Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize 1997 for her work to ban landmines
  • Gloria Steinem, Writer, feminist activist
  • Cornel West, Philosopher, political activist, social critic
  • Daniel Ellsberg, Author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor, Citizen Ambassador Free Rohingya Coalition
  • Judith Butler, Professor and Author, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kia Corthron, Playwright, Novelist
  • Jeff Kaufman, Director, producer, writer of NASRIN documentary
  • Marcia Ross, Producer, NASRIN documentary
  • Azam Niroomand-Rad, Emeritus Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Naomi Wallace, MacArthur Fellow, Obie award winner for playwriting
  • Jean Ziegler, Sociologist, writer, Switzerland
  • Erica Deuber Ziegler, Art historian, Switzerland
  • William Bourdon, Lawyer, Paris
  • Dr. Saroj Giri, University of Delhi, India
  • Dieter Karg, Spokesman, Iran Coordination Group of Amnesty International Germany
  • 13 former Iranian political prisoners or exiles (details)
  • Taghi Rahmani, political activist, journalist and writer
  • Mariam Claren, Activist, daughter of political prisoner Nahid Taghavi
  • Mansoureh Behkish, Mothers of Khavaran
  • Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, British-Australian academic, former political prisoner in Iran
  • Elika Ashoori, Daughter of ex-prisoner Anoosheh Ashoori
  • Satar Rahmani, Spokesperson, International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran, campaigning for Iran’s political prisoners
  • Raymond Lotta, NY Revolution Books and advocate for the new communism developed by Bob Avakian
  • Joshua Frank, CounterPunch
  • Meredoc McMinn, Barrister, London
  • Greg Ó Ceallaig, Barrister, London
  • Carol Downer, Reproductive rights activist, co-initator of this Campaign
  • Dolly Veale, revcom.us, co-initiator of this Campaign
  • Kave Milani, Spokesman, Burn the Cage / Free the Birds, Europe
  • Farhang Ghassemi, President, Commission des droits humains, Fédération Européenne des Écoles
  • Azadeh Kian, University Professor, Paris
  • Mehran Mostafavi, Professor, Physical Chemistry, University Paris Sud.
  • Mehrdad Vahabi, Professor in economics and author, University Sorbonne Paris Nord, France
  • Ron Jacobs, Writer
More signers, including*:
  • Father Bob Bossie, Priests of the Sacred Heart
  • Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor Emeritus West Park Church, NYC
  • Carol Gay, President, New Jersey Industrial Union Council
  • John Lonsdale, Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Gary Pak, Writer, filmmaker, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawai’i
  • Jill Godmilow, Filmmaker, Emeritus Professor, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • Dr. Warren Gold, MD, Cardiopulmonologist, Emeritus professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • Kit Kittredge, Steering Committee Women’s Boat to Gaza
  • Shekib Mosadeq, Revolutionary Afghan artist, activist
  • Nicholas Mottern, Coordinator Knowdrones.com
  • Liz Bernstein, Human Rights Activist, Canada
  • Father Claude Mostowik, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Australia
  • Cecile Pineda, Novelist
  • Gordon Rogoff, Theater director, professor Yale School of Drama
  • Larry Everest, author, journalist, contributor to revcom.us
  • Several members of Veterans4Peace and Santa Fe, NM chapter
* Institutions for identification purposes only

Full list of signers