Thirty Iranian women incarcerated in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison have urged the Islamic Republic to stop jailing and executing protesters, amid an ongoing brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
"We, the political and ideological prisoners in the women's ward of Evin Prison, demand an end to the execution of protesters and an end to unjust sentences of prisoners in Iran," they told Iran’s clerical rulers in an open letter published on January 22.
The signatories said they had been imprisoned after “unfair and non-transparent procedures,” adding, "We have come together to say 'no' to execution. We defend people's right to live in justice."
The signatories included Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Niloufar Bayani, a former representative of the UN Environment Program in Iran.
The Islamic Republic has cracked down hard on the nationwide protests triggered by the September death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by morality police for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
Security forces have killed more than 500 people, including dozens of children, and detained over 18,000, human rights activists say.
Around 20 people have been handed capital punishment in connection with the protests. Four of them have been executed so far amid international outrage.
Other detainees have been handed long-term prison sentences.