Last week, two men were hanged after being accused of inciting the post-June 12 election violence that erupted last summer in Iran. The Iranian government failed to answer one key question – how could these men have been responsible for the violence when they were being held in detention long before it even occurred?
As if this injustice wasn’t enough, now the lives of 9 more men hang in the balance on similar charges. Amnesty International is that some of them may be executed before February 11th – a date holding much significance in Iran and one that could signify an end to these abuses.
February 11th is known as Victory of the Revolution Day – equivalent to the Fourth of July in the United States; it is meant to symbolize liberty, independence and freedom. Authorities in Iran fear that February 11th will spark a wave of massive protests and unite Iranians in their calls for change and accountability.
That is why on February 11th we should stand in solidarity with the Iranian people on this important date.
In the days following the contested Presidential election, Iranian authorities took aggressive measures to stifle dissent and stem the flow of information. No outside reporters were allowed in. Iranians were not allowed to freely report out.
Virtually the only way the Iranian people could expose the horrific treatment being inflicted on them was to share their stories online, using blogs and websites like Twitter and Facebook.
We expect Iranians will once again rely solely on the Internet to carry their messages in the upcoming demonstrations. Amnesty International is calling on its members to show solidarity online on February 11th – whether it’s on blogs, websites, or social networking profiles. Help us raise the voices of those calling for freedom and justice inside Iran.