Iranian Academics Call for Suspension of Student Protest Cases

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

According to a report published by BBC Persian on July 22, 2018, some 120 academics from universities across Iran issued an open letter dated July 16 that called for President Hassan Rouhani to immediately suspend judicial cases against more than 150 students who remain behind bars for participating in protests that occurred in December 2017 and January 2018.

In the letter the academics urge Rouhani’s administration “to take steps in support of students and carry out your duties and pledges to safeguard people’s rights and defend students’ space to criticize.” The signatories, who include Tehran’s representatives to parliament, entreat Rouhani to “immediately issue an order to completely suspend the judicial cases against the students.”