شنبه, ۲۷ تیر ۱۳۹۴
09 October 2016

“Iranian Human Rights Campaign in Stockholm”

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Reza Parchizadeh / Exclusive Report / Radio Koocheh

These days, Sergels Torg, the central public square in Stockholm, emits a particularly Iranian hue. There, a number of Iranian activists, regardless of their individual political convictions, have gathered and set up a tent and a creatively symbolic stand in the form of an Iran-like frame around bars, studded with the pictures of the martyrs and the prisoners of conscience in Iran, in order to protest the continuously increasing rate of violation of human rights by the Islamic Republic.

This campaign, which has started on May 1, is planned to continue till June 2. Within this stretch, each three-day period has been assigned for the support of a particular sector of the Iranian society: workers, prisoners of conscience, religious minorities and converts, women and children. The organizers have also penned a petition and put it on public display so that the passers-by could read and possibly sign it, thereby declaring their support for the campaign. So far, two 50-meter rolls have been filled with signatures. The campaigners intend to submit the petition and the rolls to Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament. They might also arrange a demonstration before the campaign ends, if they can obtain a permit for it.

The campaign has attracted extensive coverage by the media. Also, a host of notable individuals have visited the site at Sergels Torg and made speeches in favor of the campaign. These include the UN envoy in the Mongolian affairs, the Swedish MP, Mattias Bernhardsson, from Rättvisepartiet Socialiste, and the representative of the Mission Free Iran, Ahmad Fatemi.

Despite the appearances, the campaign has not gone on all too smooth. On May 12, a group of unidentified bullies, possibly by the provocation of the Islamic Republic, say the campaigners, attempted to forcefully block the campaign. The episode was ended when, after the campaigners had stood their ground, the Swedish police intervened and dispersed the aggressors. However, some of the campaigners believe that the stance of the Swedish government toward the campaign could have been more favorable in general.

The strangest thing about this campaign for Iran is perhaps the absence of an Iranian flag proper anywhere in it. In this regard, the campaigners say that they didn’t put up any flag so that they could attract support from different political factions that are not that friendly to the idea of a united Iran under one banner. However, they all keep their miniature tricolors in their pockets and produce it every once in a while to demonstrate their genuine attachment to their homeland.

In spite of all the shortcomings and problems, the campaigners hopefully go ahead. One of the organizers, Seyyed Ezzatollah Rashmi, 36, says that they expect to put pressure on the world in general and the Swedish government in particular to more seriously acknowledge the violation of human rights in Iran and to make a revision in their relations with the Islamic Republic, putting more emphasis on human rights than on economic and commercial interests. He adds that our being outside of Iran does not mean that we have forgotten about our brothers and sisters there. We will stand for them and do whatever we can to make their voices heard by the world. We expect others to follow suit in the name of humanity.

*Read a brief account of this event in Persian via this hyperlink.

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