We are in receipt of a declaration by a group of families of the jailed students in Iran and groups of students at Alaame University, Polytechnic, Chamraan University in Ahvaaz, Baahonar University in Shiraz, and Mashad University, in which they have called the week of Feb. 2 to Feb. 9 the International Week of Action against the detention of students in Iran.
In the process of organizing, holding, and ever since the protest actions on the occasion of Student Day (December 7) in Iran, dozens of students have been arrested. According to the list produced by the families of the jailed students in their declaration, there were 45 of them in prison. The number of detainees keeps changing, as new arrests are being made and a few released have been made on extortionate bails ranging from $30,000 to $150,000. It is estimated that fifty-odd students are now being held in notorious prisons of the Islamic regime. In addition to students, hundreds of libertarians and rights activists are languishing in the jails of the regime.
The gates of those jails must be broken down. The ruling brutes in Iran must be forced to retreat. Let us make the week of Feb. 2 to Feb. 9 into a week of campaign for the freedom of the jailed students as well as all political prisoners in Iran.
We urge all the working and libertarian people in Iran and across the world to come out in full support of the call by the families of the detained students and various groups of students in Iran and do their best for the immediate and unconditional release of the jailed students.
Committee for Freedom of Political Prisoners in Iran
Contact: Shahla Daneshfar firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 27, 2008