Attend the demonstration against the recent brutal executions in Iran
Tomorrow, a rally will take place outside the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa to condemn the brutal execution of Farzad Kamangar; a teacher, human rights activist and a member of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association; along with four other political prisoners in Iran.
Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:00 p.m.
Outside the Islamic Republic of Iran Embassy in Ottawa at 245 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
On May 9, 2010 Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakilie, Shirin Alamhouli and Mehdi Eslamian were executed in Evin Prison, Iran. Kamangar was executed despite the total absence of a fair judicial process. In fact, his appeal had not yet been reviewed by the Iranian Supreme Court and his lawyer was told that the file had been lost. Neither their lawyers nor their families were aware of the executions. As of today, the bodies of the five executed political prisoners have not been returned to their families.
On May 13, Paul Moist, National President, CUPE wrote a letter to the Leader of the Islamic Republic, condemning these executions.
“It was horrifying to learn that teacher and trade unionist Farzad Kamangar has been executed along with four other political prisoners,” said Paul Moist. “CUPE members will continue to speak out against repression and violence and stand in solidarity with our Iranian sisters and brothers.”
Since the executions, Iranians inside and outside the country, as well as groups all over the world are protesting to show their strong opposition to the brutal actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A general strike was held in the Kurdistan province of Iran on May 13 to condemn these killings, as four of the executed political prisoners were of the Kurdish background. These executions raise serious concerns about the fate of the hundreds of students; women’s rights, human rights, and political activists in prisons across Iran whose lives may be in jeopardy.
Tomorrow’s rally is organized by the Council in Support of People’s Struggles in Iran. It has also been endorsed by the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) in Canada and many other labour and progressive organizations. Representatives of Canadian and Iranian labour and human rights groups will speak at the rally.
For more information, please contact:
Council in Support of People’s Struggles in Iran