Signers of the Appeal

Join the 2,800+ people who have signed the Emergency Appeal and an earlier Statement.
A partial list*:
  • Noam Chomsky, Professor MIT (emeritus), Univ. of Arizona
  • Ariel Dorfman, Author, Death and the Maiden
  • 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 political 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

Some of the signers who were once political prisoners in Iran and/or are in exile

Former prisoners & years imprisoned in Iran

Anahita
Rahmani
8 years (3 years awaiting execution, 10 months in solitary); her sentence was commuted to life in prison; she was released after 8 years
Mina
Zarrin
9 years (4 years in solitary)
Mercedeh
Ghaedi
3 years (9 months in solitary)
Arash
Kia
Susan
Golmohamadi
~ 3 years (8 months in solitary)
Ashraf
Ghiyasi
3½ years
Monireh
Haghighatjoo
3 years (1 year in solitary); pregnant when arrested
Nasser
K.H.
8½ years; witnessed many IRI crimes including 1988 massacre
Mona
Amiri
3 years (1 year in solitary)
Ebrahim
Toghian
5 years (1 year in solitary); tortured‚ Strappado style
Shokat
Mohamadi
3 years (4 months in the "Coffin")
Alireza
Azin
7 years (1 year in solitary)
Mohamad
Alabakhshi
7 years (1½ years in solitary)

Political Exiles

Karim
Aghighi
Cyrus
Mahan
political writer

Referenced Torture Techniques

* Solitary confinement – prisoner is confined alone in a cell. (Sometimes, due to shortage of jail cells, there may be more than one person in the small cell.)

** Strappado – prisoner is hung from the ceiling with her/his arms tied behind the back (sometimes called the Spread Eagle posture). 

*** Coffin, also called Resurrection, Cage, Grave, Box, or Hell – used exclusively in the women’s ward of Ghezel Hesarprison in Karaj. The prisoner was placed in a coffin-shaped box adjacent to other coffins separated by prefabricated walls, and guards were present 24 hours a day. Inside the coffin they could only sit or lie down; they were kept blindfolded at all times, even during meals. Guards forbade any talking. However, in the brief periods when guards would move around, the prisoners seized the opportunity to hold each other's hands through small spaces in the walls, encouraging each other and expressing solidarity.  

See further description of these and other “techniques” used on prisoners in Iran in Amnesty International’s report on Torture in Iran.

Pictured: "Strappado" - Video from Amnesty International