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Editors Note:  We received the following from the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners

July 14 International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners Update:

$11,875 raised – Donate to reach $15,000. NY Review of Books publication date August 1

COVID outbreak endangers courageous Iranian women political prisoners – they need our full support NOW!

New Signers to Emergency Appeal include Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Judith Butler, Cornel West and others

Developments this week have made publication of the Emergency Appeal to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners even more impactful – and even more urgent!

First, there’s been a COVID outbreak in the women’s wing of Evin Prison greatly endangering the lives of the many courageous political prisoners incarcerated there, including Nahid Taghavi.  So these political prisoners – and all of Iran’s political prisoners need our full support now! 

Second, in the past week, prominent figures joined our outstanding list of signers in endorsing the Campaign’s Emergency Appeal and add significantly to its power and impact.  They include  Professor Noam Chomsky, activist and public intellectual Cornel West, courageous whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, UC Berkeley professor and author Judith Butler, professor and Citizen Ambassador of the Free Rohingya Coalition ‍Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University of Toronto Professor Shahrzad Mojab and others.  

So now is the time to donate generously and help raise the remaining $3,125 needed to publish “The Lives of Iran’s Political Prisoners Hang in the Balance—We Must ACT Now” as a full page ad in the New York Review of Books, which reaches a large, critical, international audience of writers, artists, intellectuals and thinking, caring people. 

So let’s raise the last $3,125 and cross the finish line:  publishing the Emergency Appeal will boldly put the issue of Iran’s political prisoners in the public square, increase the pressure on Iran’s Islamic Republic to free them, and give heart to the prisoners, their loved ones, and millions of Iranians. 


“If I’m arrested, do not remain silent — make as much noise as possible! 

—Labor activist, political prisoner, Mehran Raoof,
to his supporters

“When a social activist is in detention, the silence of the wider community provides the conditions for his or her repression, and he or she may be left at risk of harsh interrogation, forced confessions and torture.”

—Mehri Jafari, a lawyer based in the United Kingdom and
member of the campaign in support of Mehran Raouf.



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