Updated: Apr 26, 2019
According to BBC Persian, the number of students detained has risen to 90 as protests continue in Iran. At least fourteen were arrested immediately after the publication of a letter and statement by the Councils of the Students Union that demanded the release of all students placed behind bars during the recent antiregime protests.
The letter was addressed to Mansour Gholami, the minister of Science, Research, and Technology (MSRT) and was circulated on social media on which most of the Councils have bitterly criticized the heavy-handed reaction of security forces to the peaceful demonstrations. The letter also presented a list of the students arrested recently.
“While hundreds of students in Tehran University joined the oppressed and echoed their rightful demands, chanting the slogan 'Bread, Jobs, Freedom' all over Iran, several people affiliated with factions of power tried to undermine the historic solidarity between students and the people by opportunistic and fake labeling of the independent Councils of the Students’ Unions."
Endangered Scholars Worldwide deplores these arrests and calls upon all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to ask for the arrested students' immediate and unconditional release and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights as specified in international conventions and treaties.
Please send appeals to the following:
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei The Office of the Supreme Leader Jomhouri Street
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary) Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran
President Hassan Rouhani The Office of the President Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran
Minister of Foreign Affairs The Minister’s Office