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Two Kurdish Activists Face Death Penalty in Iran
Written by Hooman Askary On 12 January 2013 @ 1:51 am | No Comments
In Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Farsi, Human Rights, Iran, Law, Middle East & North Africa, Video, Weblog
Two young Iranian Kurd activists, Zaniar (or Zanyar) and Loghman Moradi are about to be sent to the gallows according to multiple Iranian news websites  and human rights organisations . They have been accused of murdering the son of a local Sunni prayer Imam from the town of Malayer and have reportedly admitted to the charge after nine months of detention without leave or visiting rights. They both claimed afterwards that their confessions were made under duress and torture  including rape threats by their interrogators.
Meanwhile an open letter  has been published in the name of Zaniar Moradi pleading with the “young people” of the world for his life, making it clear that he and his cousin are innocent and that they “despise death”.
A Facebook group titled ‘Save Zaniar and Loghman  has been launched to support the two men.
Jamal asks people to step in and help in this Facebook comment :
You humans! Something must be done. Let's stop the crime machine of the mad, cannibalistic, blood-thirsty and fascist Islamic regime. The whole world must be ignited against these organized crimes. Please join. We welcome any material that can be utilized towards this aim. Please assist in raising awareness and make this page known to others.
Here is a cartoon supporting the Facebook campaign: “Each ‘like’ is a ‘no’ to execution”:
A Father's Message
Zaniar's father uses YouTube to ask international organizations to put pressure on the Iranian regime to stop executing his son and other political prisoners. He says in this video that Zaniar was tortured.
Iranian blogger, Mohammad Ali, has no doubt that the confessions initially made by Zaniar and Loghman were orchestrated and forced by the Islamic Republic agents. Mohammad Ali's blog named ‘Faryaad-e Alborz ‘ [Roar of Mount Alborz] reads]:
Life and death of humans are not in the hands of their fellow humans. Based on the news we have heard from the fascist regime in power in Iran, the framing of innocent prisoners has not been rare. Inmates have been put under such pressure by force and physical abuse that they have confessed to uncommitted crimes.
Undoubtedly, Loghman and Zaniar Moradi, have been forced to confessing to murder after nine months of torture, abuse and threat to rape.
The writer of Faryad-e Alborz  asks in the end:
I don't know if there is a human rights committee in the world or not? Since there is only talk and talk and talk. What have they done in Iran? Oh you members of the human rights entities, which prisoner has been saved by the power of your blade from assault and battery and execution?
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URLs in this post:
 news websites: http://www.iranglobal.info/node/14214
 human rights organisations: http://www.hra-news.org/685/1389-01-27-05-27-21/11303-1.html
 under duress and torture: http://www.roozonline.com/persian/news/newsitem/article/-0d79fa11f2.html
 open letter: http://www.asre-nou.com/php/view.php?objnr=24854
 Save Zaniar and Loghman: https://www.facebook.com/SaveZaniarAndLoghman
 Faryaad-e Alborz: http://faryadealborz.blogspot.se/2013/01/blog-post_8.html
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