Activists Launch Global Tweet Storm Campaign to Save Life of Imprisoned StudentJune 27, 2013
“We call on the international community to demand Arash Sadeghi’s release!”
Persian2English | Human rights activists and members of the media from around the globe will participate in a Tweet (Twitter) Storm on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3PM EST using hashtags #FreeArash and #ArashSadeghi. Find sample tweets here. Twitter users launched the campaign on Monday and drew in hundreds of supporters who helped call for the release of Arash Sadeghi, an Iranian student activist and political prisoner who is reportedly on his second hunger strike since March 2010. Activists have expressed serious concern regarding Mr. Sadeghi’s dire health as he stands for his rights and freedoms.
Arash Sadeghi was a Master’s student in Philosophy until he was banned from his studies and a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 Presidential campaign student team. Since his violent arrest in November 2010 Mr. Sadeghi has spent most of his days in prison. Mr. Sadeghi has reportedly endured long durations in solitary confinement, been severely tortured, and has been denied medial care. Mr. Sadeghi even once fell into a coma due to the constant abuse he endured in prison.
In November 2010, Iranian regime security agents raided Mr. Sadeghi’s home late at night and arrested him. His mother, who was asleep at the time, suffered a heart attack from the shock of the intrusion. She died a few days later in the hospital.
According to close sources, Arash Sadeghi began his second hunger strike nearly a month ago after he had been beaten and assaulted by security agents. Mr. Sadeghi’s father has said that it is likely his son is being held in security ward 209 of Evin Prison, however, there are no official written reports from Iranian authorities confirming Mr. Sadeghi’s exact whereabouts. Close sources say no one has seen or heard from Arash.
Activists ask: “Where is Arash?”
Mr. Sadeghi is a prime example
of a political prisoner in Iran
who is forced to resort to a hunger strike
in order to protest against brutal prison conditions
and the violation of basic prisoner rights.
Each day his hunger strike continues the more his health deteriorates!
The Iranian regime is violating its own constitution as well as its international obligations by unlawfully imprisoning many people. Activists in support of Arash Sadeghi’s release say that freedom of expression should not be a crime and political prisoner rights must be respected by Iranian regime authorities. International attention on human rights violations in Iran helps pressure the regime to commit less atrocities against the people. One simple tweet has the power to potentially save lives, like Mr. Sadeghi’s. The fate of an Iranian student political prisoner is in our hands.
This Sunday let us globally unite on Twitter and request Arash Sadeghi’s immediate and unconditional release!
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