Persian2English – Numerous civil rights and student activists in Washington D.C. gathered at George Washington University to protest against the Iranian regime’s illegal imprisonment of Kouhyar Goudarzi, reported CHRR. The protest was part of a global action in support of the prominent human rights activist.
The D.C. protest was on Tuesday, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The protesters held a small rally then stopped to talk to curious bystanders about the injustices Kouhyar Goudarzi and other Iranian political prisoners are forced to endure. Numerous university students took some time out to send a brief video message of support for Kouhyar Goudarzi.
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Other cities that have recently protested against Kouhyar’s and his mother’s illegal imprisonments include: London (England), Brisbane (Australia), Los Angeles and New York (the USA), Oslo (Norway), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), and Rome (Italy). More cities are set to join the protests in the coming days.
Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested by Iranian regime agents on July 31st and subjected to an enforced disappearance, according to official human rights reports. The Iranian authorities have remained silent on Kouhyar Goudarzi’s location of confinement or condition for almost three months, despite unofficial sources that indicate the human rights activist is held in solitary confinement in Evin prison.
Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother Parvin Mokhtare, who spoke openly last year about her son’s earlier imprisonment, was arrested on August 1st. She is currently held in Kerman prison. According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), the organization that Kouhyar Goudarzi is a member of, Parvin Mokhtare has no history of activism. It appears like her only crime has been being expressing concern for her son’s well being.
Since the illegal arrests, various international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International,Reporters Without Borders, and Front Line have issued statements to request answers on the illegal actions taken by the Iranian authorities against Kouhyar Goudarzi.
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