From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners


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

We invite everyone who stands for justice and yearns for a better world to join the International Emergency Campaign this month and step up the fight to free Iran’s political prisoners. 

The week of September 20, we’ll be putting this demand before the UN General Assembly and opposing the Islamic Republic’s criminal repression.  On Saturday, September 25, we’ll join with Revolution Books in Harlem and Berkeley to host a special program—“Iran's Political Prisoners Must Be Freed NOW! No U.S. Aggression: An Afternoon of Solidarity & Resistance.”

Through the week—and the month—we’ll be spreading the International Emergency Appeal to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners, which has been endorsed by over 2,700 people including Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, Ariel Dorfman, Jody Williams, Dan Ellsberg, Judith Butler and many other prominent voices, and appeared on the back-cover of the New York Review of Book’s August issue.

Our message:

We demand of the Islamic Republic of Iran: FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW


Four Iran political prisoners recently sentenced.


Political prisoners recently sentenced to up to 11 years: (clockwise from left): Mehran Raoof, Nahid Taghavi, Bahareh Soleimani, Somayeh Kargar.    Photo: Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners

This struggle remains more urgent than ever.   Hundreds remain locked in Iran’s dungeons, tormented, tortured or sometimes executed.  Now the blood-stained criminal Ebrahim Raisi has been installed as president and may address the UN.  Just recently five courageous prisoners, including Nahid Taghavi and Mehran Raoof, were unjustly sentenced for to up to 11 years in prison on trumped-up charges of “propaganda against the state” and allegedly being part of groups banned by IRI Sharia law.  Shortly afterward, their lawyer along with other lawyers and activists were arrested, like attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh and so many others, for heroically standing up for the rights of others at great cost to themselves.

We refuse to let these illegitimate outrages go unopposed or compromise our just demand that all political prisoners held by this lawless theocratic regime be freed! 

Protest for Iran political prisoners, includes sign for Navid Taghavi


#FreeNahid protest for Nahid Taghavi in Germany.    Photo: Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners

You are needed to put this campaign and its crucial demands before the world. 

  • Mobilize your friends and colleagues to spread the word and attend the Saturday, Sept. 25 Revolution Books program online or in person—3:00 pm, 437 Malcolm X Blvd @ 132nd St., NYC.
  • Come out to a press conference at the UN, and promote it online (date & time TBA—posters and leaflets will be available for download at
  • DONATE to support these actions and the further publication of the Emergency Appeal.
  • Contact us with your ideas, comments and questions; volunteer to help organize.
  • Download and print New York Review of Books ad as flyer or poster and spread everywhere; share on social media.

Contact the International Emergency Campaign

Tel:  562.507.1034


Twitter: @IranPrisonEmerg

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