Free Habibollah Latifi! Solidarity with students in Iran!

  • Worker's Liberty
  • 29/12/2010 00:00:00

This statement has been sponsored by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran, an international campaign to support workers, students and resistance activists in Iran.

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We the undersigned call for the release of, and dropping of all charges against, Iranian student Habibollah Latifi. This is urgent: Latifi's execution was scheduled for 26 December 2010; it was postponed after international protests and after 300 supporters protesting outside the prison gates, but could be rescheduled at any time.

Latifi, who was a law student at Azad University in the south western province of Ilam, in Western Iran, was arrested in October 2007 and sentenced to death in July 2008 after being convicted of moharebeh ('enmity against God'), a vaguely defined 'crime' for which the penalty is death. This was in connection with alleged activities on behalf of a Kurdish liberation group (Latifi is from Iran's oppressed Kurdish minority; according to Amnesty International, sixteen Kurdish men and two women are on death row in Iran in connection with alleged 'separatist' activities).

On 26 December, members of his family including his father and sister were also arrested.

We call on the Iranian authorities to drop all charges against Habibollah Latifi and release him and his family. We will continue to make solidarity with Iranian student activists, who alongside workers have been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and democracy in Iran.

Initial signatories:

Patrick Murphy, National Union of Teachers National Executive member and Leeds NUT Secretary

Olivia Bailey, National Union of Students Women's Officer

Barnaby Raine, School and FE Students Against the Cuts

Sean Rillo Raczka, National Union of Students National Executive Committee and Birkbeck Students' Union Chair

Alan Bailey, NUS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Officer (Open Place)

Vicki Baars, NUS LGBT Officer (Women's Place)

Claire Locke, London Metropolitan University SU Communications and Campaigns Officer

Louis Hartnoll, University of the Arts London SU President

Robyn Minogue, University of the Arts SU Education Officer

Wanda Canton, Queen Mary SU Women's Officer

Katherine McMahon, Edinburgh University anti-cuts activist

Michael Chessum, NCAFC co-founder and UCL Union Education and Campaigns Officer

Daniel Lemberger Cooper, Royal Holloway Anti-Cuts Alliance and Save our services in Surrey

Bob Sutton, Merseyside Network Against Fees and Cuts

Tali Janner-Klausner, London NCAFC activist

Rowan Rheingans, Newcastle University anti-cuts activist

Jade Baker, University of Westminster SU Vice-President Education

Chris Marks, Hull University occupier

Pete Radcliff, Derby University UCU

Ruth Hindson, activist in North East

Gemma Short, NUT Rotherham Division Committee member

Simon Hardy, NCAFC activist, Westminster University

Mark Osborn, Southwark NUT activist

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We call on NUS and other student networks like the Education Activist Network to support the campaign and promote this statement.

Free Habibollah Latifi! Solidarity with students in Iran!

  • Worker's Liberty
  • 29/12/2010 00:00:00