A Chance to Stand Tall Against Iran on Human Rights!

During a February protest in Singapore, Iranian students call on Tehran to stop violence against demonstrators. (Wong Maye-e/associated Press)

The Washington Post on May 13, 2010

has printed a very frank and direct Article from Roxana Saberi, the former journalist who was held prisoner in Iran on the trupt up charges of being a spy for America.

Roxana says:

If the international community fails to condemn such atrocities, Iran’s regime will continue to trample on the basic rights of individuals, many of whom have been detained simply for peacefully standing up for universal human rights. It is common for Tehran’s prisoners — including journalists, bloggers, women’s rights campaigners, student activists and adherents of the minority Baha’i faith — to be held in prolonged solitary confinement without access to an attorney as they try to defend themselves against fabricated charges such as espionage and “propaganda against Islam” or the regime.

When I was incarcerated in Iran’s Evin prison last year on a trumped-up charge of espionage, I was fortunate that my case received a great deal of international attention. I was not aware of the extent of this attention until the day my interrogator allowed me to lift my blindfold to see a pile of news articles on a desk in front of me. As he read aloud the names of journalism and human rights organizations, Iranian-American groups and others that had been calling for my freedom, I realized he was trying to scare me into thinking that this outcry was bad for me. But suddenly I no longer felt so alone. Friends and strangers were standing with me, and I didn’t have to face my captors by myself anymore. I believe the pressure from this international support eventually persuaded Iranian authorities to free me one year ago this week.

…Why should those who are free to speak out voice support for Iranians struggling to make their voices heard? Because people everywhere — even those who hold different ideas about what it means to be free — share many basic values, such as the right to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of religion; because many ordinary Iranians want a more democratic government that respects human rights; and because what happens in Iran will affect the region and what happens in the region will affect the world.

…But perhaps even more important than government efforts is the outcry of ordinary people worldwide. When everyday citizens speak out against Iran’s human rights violations, Tehran has a tougher time asserting that their calls have been masterminded by foreign governments.

Read more and speak up, every one has a share, every one must take a chance for all humanity to be treated with integrity. Speaking up against violations of human rights is every ones human rights.

Keyvan

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