While there has been a lot of attention to the arrest of student activist Mr. Majid Tavakoli who was arrested on National Student Day, unfortunately most activists have been virtually silent about the arrest and imprisonment of many other students who were also arrested on or around the national student day in Iran. While we must work towards the freedom of Majid Tavakoli we cannot forget all the other activists who were also arrested around the same time and probably are facing the same faith as Mr. Tavakoli.

According to Azarmehr Association of Women of Kurdistan Ms. Lila Mohammadi, a student at Tehran University and a woman’s rights activist was arrested on November 16th 2009 during a rally in protest against the execution of a young Kurdish activist Ehsan Fatahiyan. Ms. Mohammadi is still in custody in Section 209 of the Evin Prison.

During the same protest number of other students including Mr. Ahmad Ismaili, Mr. Amanj Rahimi, Mr. Abdollah Arefi, Mr. Bakhshan Azizi, Sorveh Veysi and Hejar Yousefi were also arrested. There is currently no information about the whereabouts of these students; however it is anticipated that they might also be held in Section 209 of the Evin Prison.

According to this news report eight (8) other students were arrested on the day of National Student Day in Iran or days leading up to it.

Dr. Farzad Kalbali a PhD student at Tehran University was “kidnapped” by security forces while he was leaving the university after the protest as Tehran University on National Student Day.

On December 3rd Hajir Kord-Nejad a student from “Olume Ejtemai University” was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran, arrested and transferred to the Notorious Evin Prison.

Further three (3) other students Amjad Kordnejad, Naser Ahmadi and Abbas Kakayi were summoned to court, arrested and taken to an unknown location. There is currently no information about their whereabouts.

Also Edris Moludi, resident of the city of Baneh and student at “Alameh Tabatabayi University” was arrested in his home.

Two (2) other students from Tehran University Alireza Moradi and Sajad Moradi have also been arrested.

Further Mr. Sohrab Karimi was arrested on December 6th in the city of “Ghoraveh” while he was on his way to Tehran.

Lastly Mr. Kamran Asa, the brother of Kianoosh Asa ( a student who was murdered by Regime agents during the recent presidential [s]elections) was also arrested in Tehran on the National Student Day and there is currently no news about his whereabouts.

I urge all human rights organizations and activists to remember the names of as many students as possible when starting campaigns for imprisoned students. Every life matters and each life is just as important as the other one.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran

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