Years of struggle to abolish the death penalty in Iran has not offered any hope of judicial authorities changing their conduct. On the contrary, the execution machine is taking victims more unrestrained than before. In recent years, Iran has had the highest rate of executions per capita in the world and remains one of the few countries that still executes juvenile offenders.
The lives of many political prisoners in Iran are in danger. Since the Islamic Republic of Iran came to power, many political prisoners were executed secretly. This time, Ali Saremi and Ali Akbar Siadat were executed secretly without a legal process.
Hassan Zarezadeh Ardeshir, the president of The Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners, said the Islamic Republic should be held accountable for the massacre of political prisoners and all crimes against humanity.
"We, with 12 years work on political prisoners issues in Iran and currently having three members in prison , believe that what happens is only for creating fear among Iranian and prevent their democratic struggle. Today we all advocate freedom of political prisoners, we should get together to defend their rights." said Zarezadeh Ardeshir.
The Student Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners is calling all human rights defenders for an international action to abolish the political executions in Iran. A united and consistent effort will make the lives of many people to be saved.
The family of Shiva Nazar Ahari proclaimed that Shiva has been released. She was released a few hours ago from the infamous Evin prison. However in order for her to get released, an astounding amount of 5 Billion Riyal had to be paid for bail.
According to the report of this Committee, Shiva, the former secretary of The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners and spokeswoman of the Committee of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, was tried judicially on Saturday 5th September on charge of fighting against God and having social activities against the Iranian regime. She was released today from Evin Prison.
Shiva Nazar Ahari,Kouhyar Goudarzi and Saeed Haeri were arrested on the 20th December last year while participating in the burial ceremony of Ayatollah Hossein Montazeri. She was arrested a number of times before this incident; once being a few days after the election on 14th June. She has been in prison for more than 80 days.
Shiva was first arrested in 2002 during the sympathy ceremony commemorated people for victims of September 11. Since then , Shiva begun her activities in the students and human rights area.
Many of the Human Rights Organizations around the world have publicly expressed their reactions against the charges made by the Iranian court. Most of them held demonstrations the day before Shiva‘s trial.
Hassan zare Zadeh Ardeshir, outer spokesman of The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners says: Shiva for all victims unfairly prisoned has become a symbol of innocence. Her struggle to prove her incorruptibility finally paid off with the help of many people and organizations. The fight for freedom is not over and the struggle yet continues; it is nevertheless now evident that eventually the truth always comes out.
The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners is not only grateful to hear this news, but is motivated to expand their work in protecting and ultimately freeing political prisoners.