Call for immediate action to free the detainees and to protect their families The massive and widespread arrests of youths in different cities, which have started since the beginning of the uprising at December 28, still continues. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of arrestees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the uprising. In recent days, several of these prisoners were martyred under the tortures.
Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it is so high that the regime’s officials in a number of cities have inevitably admitted to parts of it. According to various reports coming from Iranian authorities, there have been a number of arrests in varying amounts in cities such as Tehran, Hamedan, Mashad, Gorgan, Kashan, Takistan and many more, with some numbers as high as 1600 in the Khuzestan province.
We call on all the people, especially the youth, to support the arrestees and their families, and to rise up for the release of prisoners. It also calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the European Union and the member states, and the US government, as well as all human rights organizations, to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for these blatant anti-human crimes, and to adopt effective measures to free the arrestees.
Numerous reports from various cities of the country alleging mistreatment of prisoners and martyrdom of a number of them under torture makes it very essential and urgent to establish an investigative committee by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate into the arbitrary arrests and the crimes carried out in the mullahs’ regime’s prisons.