Allow Egypt/Tunisia Solidarity Rally Planned for 14 February
Int.'l Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

(8 February 2011) The Iranian Interior Ministry is obligated to issue a permit for a planned rally in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Egypt and Tunisia, consistent with Iran’s international commitments to respect the freedom of assembly and Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
The Campaign also expressed grave concern for detained Egyptian human rights defenders and called for their immediate release.
“If Iran’s leaders truly embrace calls for freedom and democracy in Egypt and Tunisia, they will allow Iranian citizens to express solidarity with their brothers and sisters in those countries,” stated Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.
On 4 February 2011, at Tehran University, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei characterized the popular uprising in Egypt as an “Islamic awakening,” and likened the demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. Khamenei derided Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as opponents of freedom. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi associated himself with the protests in Egypt as well, stating on the Foreign Ministry’s website that “we are going along with the freedom seekers of the world.”
“If this request to exercise human rights is rejected, it will show that the current government of Iran is not only repressive and akin to those of Muba... >>>

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