Two lawyers, jailed as political prisoners in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, have warned the Iranian government’s disregard of public demands could lead to a “very dark future”.
Amirsalar Davoudi and Mohammadhadi Erfanian Kaseb wrote to the authorities in a letter seen by IranWire.
Davoudi is a human rights lawyer serving a 30-year sentence for “insulting officials” and “propaganda against the regime”.
Defense lawyer Erfanian, who has represented many human rights activists, was imprisoned after speaking to the media about the murder of one of his clients.
In their statement from Evin, the pair wrote: “Following the nationwide and widespread protests which were met with a series of coercive and unacceptable encounters, we draw the attention of the responsible authorities to Articles 27 and 34 of the Constitution.
“We demand the government pays heed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“The government should try to fulfil the reasonable and completely civil demands of the people. Failing to respond effectively to their demands may lead the remaining public trust to vanish, and paint a very dark horizon before our eyes.”
It is reported that as many as 3,000 people may have been detained in Evin Prison during ten days of protests following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.
The Iranian authorities have responded to the protests with lethal force. At least 76 people are so far known to be killed.
"The government should refrain from making false accusations, and avoid a coercive crackdown,” the lawyers wrote.