Add your name: Freedom for Jafar Panahi!

“We the undersigned call for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian film maker, Jafar Panahi, and all political prisoners incarcerated since the mass democratic upsurges against the theocratic regime in the aftermath of the rigged elections of June 2009.

The Iranian people themselves must be free to shape their own future; free from interference either from the western powers/Israel in the form of military attack and sanctions, or the repressive apparatus of the theocratic state.

Hands off the people of Iran!”

Initial signatories include:

  • John McDonnell MP, Labour Party
  • Lisa Goldman, artistic director Soho Theatre
  • Jeremy Dear, general secretary National Union of Journalists
  • Moshe Machover, Israeli activist
  • Nader Sadeh (Berlin)

To add your name, email office@hopoi.info as soon as possible. We are aiming to publicise this statement in many newspapers and websites. You can also join the Facebook group to Free Jafar Panahi, which keeps you updated with the campaign

Other signatories include:

Yassamine Mather; Hopi
Ruben Markarian, Rahe Kargar;
Mohamad Reza Shalgouni, Rahe Kargar;
Harry Cohen MP;
Pete Firmin (joint secretary and president, Brent Trades Union Council – pc);
Bill Wilson, member of the Scottish Parliament;
Anthony Neilson, Writer/ Director and Literary Associate of the RSC;
Marsha Jane Thompson, Labour Representation Committee;
Elaine Smith, member of Scottish Parliament;
Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Writer;
Dr Sue Blackwell, National Executive Committee (elect), University and College Union
Andy Hewett, Green Left;
Jenny Morgan, filmmaker;
Peter Grant, Manchester Piccadilly No1 Branch, ASLEF;
Priya Thakar, University of Manchester;
Chuck Hamilton, Tennessee Human Rights Coalition;
Mark Fischer, Communist Party of Great Britain
Behrooz Farahany, Solidarité socialiste avec les travailleurs en Iran-Paris;
Keith Baker, chair Scottish Education and Action for Development;
Paul Frost, East Midlands Green Party T U Group Rep, Unison member;
Christina Purcell, Manchester Met UCU Campaigns Officer (pc);
Dr. Marsha Levine, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research;
Abe Hayeem, Chair, Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine;
Dieter Elken, Marxist Initiative, Berlin;
Mick Hall, Organized Rage;
Aleksander Glogowski PhD, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland;
Regi Theodor Enerstvedt, professor emeritus, University of Oslo, Norway;
Anders B Jonasson, senior lecturer, University of Skövde;
Marie Jedla;
Janet Bogle;
Ali Reza Akhavan;
Bita Tahbaz;
Firouzeh Rad;
Colin Pritchard;
Simon Pirani;
Ruth Saunders;
Leon Rosselson;
Prof. Haim Bresheeth;
Natasha Langridge;
Dr. Mehrdad Emadi;
Mila Mossafer;
Misagh Parsa;
Charlie Pottins;
Tony Greenstein;
Toby Abse;
Andrew Coates;
Dot Gibson;
Gilliar Javaheri;
Pete Mason;
David Broder;
Ann M. Crosby;
James Turley;
David Sabbagh;
David Convery;
Neill Grant;
Evelyn Metcalfe;
John Bowden;
Jim Moody;
Mark Fischer;
Leah Jones;
Imke Frank;
David Landau;
Paul Newton;
Steve Cooke;
Jim Gilbert;
Phil Kent;
Mark Harrison;
Maxim Forn;
Kelly Brown;
Marcus Trower;
Ali Hassany;
Ochreh Omidvake;
Ben Lille;
Robert Lambert;
Tina Becker;
Malcolm Mead;
Joanne George Wills;
Andy Guy;
Vick Marelic;
Paul White;
Grace McEnroe;
Matthew Smith;
Amanda Jackson;
Phil Kent;
Andrew Morris;
Ali Kaya;
Hariette Claire;
Alex Hopkins;
Clare Doyle;
Robert Bennett;
Samuel Gridley;
Andrew Britton;
Vicki Morris;
Jonathan Dodds;
Steve Freeman;
John Bridge;
Peter Manson;
Wendy Daly;
Dave Vincent;
David Isaacson;
Hagy Balizs;
Terri Rayner;
Oda Brathie;
Mina Bird;
Rachel Archer ;
D. Boromond;
M. O’Donnell;
B. Plant ;
Daniel Read;
August Schuit;
J. Rushborough-Lee;
Babak;
Virginia MacFadyen;
Paul Flewers;
Anna Rehin;
Ali Reza Akhavan;
Bita Tahbaz;
Fiona Harrington;
Ray Rising;
John S. Burke,
Nadia Marques de Carvalho;
Martin Ellis;
Geoff Curl;
Anne McShane;
Liaket Ali;
Laurie McCauley;
Zuri Zurowski;
Frances Grahl;
Anna Carteret
Dr. A. Holberg, Germany;
Maud Bracke, University of Glasgow;
Sean Lee
Sarah Gartland
Jamie Moloney
Maria Hawkins
ارژنگ بامشاد  Arjang Bamshad
احمد نوین  Ahmad Novin
امیر جواهری لنگرودی   Amir Javaheri Langaroudi
رفعت لنگرودی  Rafat Langaroudi
گیلک جواهری لنگرودی Gilak Javaheri Langaroudi
هما جوادی  Homa Javadi
ابوالحسن عظیمی Abolhassan Azimi
عیدی نعمتی شاعر Aydi Nemati (Poet)
سیاووش میرزایی شاعر Siavash Mirzaii (Poet)
رضا چیت ساز  Reza Chitsaz
داریوش ارجمندی Dariush Arjmandi
پریسا آزادیان Parissa Azadyan
مریم اسکویی Maryam Oskoui
فریدا سهابیان Frida Sohrabyan

سیران مرادیان Siran Moradyan
شهاب شکوهی Shahb Shokouhi
یوسف آبخونYoussef Abkhoun
پروین شکوهی  Parvin Shokouhi
نقی ریاحی لنگرودی Naghi Riyahi Langaroudi
سروژ قازاریان Sorouj Ghazaryan
نجف روحی Najaf Rouhi
حمید آذر Hamid Azar
رضا سپید روحی Reza Sepid Rouhi
علی جالینوسی   Ali Jalinous
احمد شکوهی Ahmad Shokouhi
بهرنگ ریاحی لنگرودی  Behrang Riyahi Langaroudi
محمد تجلی جو  Mohamad Tajali Jou
بهروز نظری Behrouz nazari
صادق افروز  Sadegh Afrouz
احمد سعیدی Ahmad Saiidi
علی یوسفی Ali Youssefi
نگار فکری- Negar Fekri
Lea Lahoud
Bettina Allamoda (Berlin), artist
Paul Martin

Freedom for Jafar Panahi!

panahi   picEight things you can do now to support the campaign!

Over two months since his arrest, Panahi, whose most famous films are the widely acclaimed The circle (winner of the Golden Lion prize at the Vienna film festival in 2000) and Offside, has still not been charged with any crime. Twice offered bail during that time, he has refused out of solidarity with all those incarcerated for their participation in the mass demonstrations against the regime that have shaken Iran since June 2009.

His detention is the most serious example of the treatment Panahi has suffered so far. Up to now, the theocratic regime has been conducting a campaign of harassment against the 49-year-old artist. He has been unable to travel abroad since wearing a green scarf – the colour of the opposition movement – at the Montreal Film Festival in 2009. He was also arrested briefly after attending the memorial service for student Neda Agha Soltan, who was murdered by regime forces during a demonstration. Earlier the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance had announced he would not be allowed to make another movie until he ‘re-edited’ earlier films and he was unable to work for a year.

There is a clear theme of social criticism in his work. In a 2007 interview with the LA Times, Panahi described himself as “a socially committed filmmaker” who operates in the context of a brutally oppressive society: “My movies are about limitations and restrictions, and these are restrictions that I’ve personally experienced.” However, those are minor relative to “the greater restrictions that Iranian women are suffering”, he said.

The prison authorities are piling on the pressure. His wife, Tahereh Saeedi, was only allowed to meet him on March 31 – almost a month after his arrest. She reports that his interrogators continually cover the same ground: “They keep asking him the same questions in order to find contradictions in his comments,” Saeedi revealed in a radio interview.

Moshé Machover, a member of the Hopi steering committee, commented in a press statement: “Jafar Panahi has taken a brave stance. He stands shoulder to shoulder with those brave participants in the mass movement of opposition to the theocratic regime that have been arrested. Now we must stand shoulder to shoulder with him.”

Comrade Machover continued: “Our most effective act of solidarity with the inspiring movement for radical change that has filled Iran’s streets is to ensure that imperialism does not launch another disastrous military adventure in the Middle East, this time against an Iran which is pregnant with radical, genuinely democratic change from below”.

John McDonnell MP, a supporter of Hopi, said: “The world must make its voice heard in demanding that Jafar Panahi is released without charge along with all those incarcerated for nothing more than demanding basic civil liberties and democratic rights. These violations of basic human rights must not be allowed to go unnoticed and without protest.”

Eight things you can do now:

  • Send emails, faxes and letters of protest to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT; info@iran-embassy.org.uk; 020 7589 4440. Don’t forget to send us a copy.
  • Sign our statement ‘Freedeom for Jafar Panahi and all political prisoners’ Email office@hopoi.info
  • Join the Facebook group to Free Jafar Panahi, which keeps you updated with the campaign
  • Put on showings of Panahi’s films: The wounded head (1988), Kish (1991), The last exam (1992), The circle (2000), Crimson gold (2003) and above all Offside (2006). We have been given official permission to show his films, so we can help you to get hold get a copy of the film and DVDs to sell. We can also provide a speaker to introduce the film
  • Order Hopi’s ‘Free Panahi’ postcards. Get people to sign the cards and return them to us asap – we will forward them to his family in Iran to show our solidarity. We ask for a donation of £5 or more for 30 cards to cover postage and printing costs
  • Order the A4 bulletin we have produced to highlight Panahi’s case (as well as the ongoing threat of a military attack and increased sanctions). We ask for a donation of £5 or more for 30 bulletins to cover postage and printing costs
  • Get your trade union branch/organisation to sponsor this important campaign.
  • Financially support the campaign: please use the Paypal button below or send cheque/s to Hopi, PO Box 54631, London N16 8YE

Women's Day March, March 7 2010, in London

March7If you are outraged by 31 years of anti-women Islamic laws against Iranian women! If you are disgusted by 31 years religious oppression and repression! If your heart is full of pain because of fallen heroines such as Neda and Taraneh! If you hate the inequality and discrimination against women! If you oppose patriarchy in any form!

Join Our March on March 7 2010 on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to support the Iranian women’s struggle against the anti-women Islamic regime of Iran!

Date and Time: 7th March 2010 at Noon

Assembly: In front of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran
16 Princes Gate, London SW7
Nearest Underground Station: South Kensington

Speakers:
Message from 8 March women’s organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)
Inci Kaya (European Democratic Women Movement)-Turkey
Yassamine Mather(Hands Off The People of Iran)
Houzan Mahmoud (Organisation of women’s Freedom in Iraq)
Sabrina Qureshi (Million Women Rise)

Artists:
Gissoo Shakeri (singer) – Ziba Karbasi(poet)
Arashk Farahani (rap singer) – Nahid Naimi (play director)
8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)-UK

Supported by:
Million Women Rise
European Democratic Women Movement
Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq-Abroad representative
Rhythms of Resistance
Iranian Youth Committee-UK
Solidarity Council with Iranian People’s Struggle
Hands off People of Iran
www.8mars.com Email: zan_dem_iran@hotmail.com
For more information please call: 07521134454

HOPI conference, November 28 2009

“Solidarity with workers in Iran our key priority after the June election”

  • Click here to report a full report
  • Click here to read the adopted policies in full
  • The video below gives an impressions from the conference, which discussed imperialism’s drive towards war; why we oppose sanctions on Iran, the workers’ movement in Iran and the tasks of the solidarity movement. For more videos of the conference, click here

Save Sheida Jahanbin!

Sheida Jahanbin, a former member of the Freedom and Equality Seeking Students in Iran, is facing deportation from the Netherlands where she resides in exile. Sheida is twenty seven years old. She was a student of Architecture and Graphic Design at the Azad University of Tehran before she was forced to abandon her studies and flee Iran following her arrest for holding a left-wing meeting. If Sheida is deported, she will face arrest, prison, torture and even death.

We call on our supporters and friends to write to the Dutch consulate and contact where she is being held, calling for her to be granted the leave to stay permanently in the Netherlands. Her IND number is 0808-14-1310.

Please send letters and messages of protest to:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
38 Hyde Park Gate
London SW7 5DP
United Kingdom
Tel: 02075903200

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AZC Vught Reutsedijk
5264PC
Vught
Tel: 0736021731