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Call for the Freedom of Bahareh Hedayat

Bahareh Hedayat one of the student activists who was arrested in 2009 is still held in prison despite having already served her original sentence, one that was itself an injustice.Bahareh Hedayat2

More than 30 academics have signed an open letter urging Hassan Rohani, the President, to release her.

The letter follows below:

“President of the Islamic Republic of Iran His Excellency Hassan Rouhani
The Head of Iran’s Judiciary Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani
Your Excellencies,
We, academic figures at some of the world’s most distinguished universities, are appalled by the continuing detention of Bahareh Hedayat, one of Iran’s most respected student activists who has spent the past six years in jail. She should have been released earlier this year under the original sentence but this week she was told that she should spend an extra two years in prison. This is outrageous and unacceptable. Since her marriage seven years ago to another student activist, Amin Ahmadian, they have spent less than a year together.
We are encouraged by the reports that Iran will undertake much-needed social reforms in the light of the nuclear agreement. It is time to end the injustice against Bahareh and bring the Kafkaesque circumstances of her detention to an end. We urge you to immediately release her so that she can be reunited with her family.
Signatories (in alphabetical order):
Professor Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York
Professor Torsten Åkesson, Lund University, Sweden
Professor Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London
Professor Golbarg Bashi, Pace University
Professor Asef Bayat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University
Professor Noam Chomsky, MIT
Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan
Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University
Professor Dick Davis, Ohio University
Professor Kaveh Ehsani, DePaul University
Professor Farideh Farhi, University of Hawai’i
Professor Mark Gasiorowski, Tulane University
Professor David Harvey, City University of New York
Professor Nader Hashemi, University of Denver
Professor Hossein Kamaly, Columbia University
Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland
Professor Arang Keshavarzian, New York University
Professor Laleh Khalili, SOAS, University of London
Professor Mehdi Khorrami, New York University
Professor Kamran Matin, Sussex University, UK
Professor Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS, University of London
Professor Ali Mirsepassi, New York University
Professor Kamran Rastegar, Tufts University
Professor Ruth Rubio-Marín, European University Institute, Florence
Professor Mahmoud Sadri, Federation of North Texas Area Universities
Professor Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California
Professor Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS, University of London
Professor Richard Tapper, SOAS
Professor Peyman Vahabzadeh, University of Victoria
Professor Ethan Zuckerman, Media lab, MIT”

Cited from The Guardian 16.09.2015
MaZanan 19.09.2015

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