03/07/2020 Iran

During the 20th General Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), which took place in Cyprus in December of 2019, we declared the following regarding the November 2019 protest demonstrations in Iran: "We express our solidarity towards the people of Iran in their struggle for peace, sovereignty, human and democratic rights, and social justice. The future of Iran and its political system is a matter that should be determined by the Iranian people and them alone. We reject foreign intervention in Iran under any pretext. We vehemently condemn the suppression and use of armed forces by the Iranian government on people." We have now received news that at least three protesters (Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi) who participated in the protests -that began on 15 November and took place across 29 provinces in Iran- have been sentenced to the death penalty. There are reports that a further 8 people have also been charged and face a possible sentence of execution. WFDY once again expresses its solidarity with the people of Iran in their struggle for peace, genuine democracy, and social justice - and demands an immediate halt to the carrying out of the death sentences against Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi. The convictions and sentencing of these three working-class youths demonstrate that they are being punished for standing against endemic poverty, unemployment, corruption, and the deep and growing class divisions in Iran. They were exercising their right to demonstrate against injustice in line with international human rights protections and standards. They must be able to exercise their right to a fair trial, with their own legal representation, in the presence of international observers, and with the death penalty removed from the table outright. We also condemn the use of torture in the extracting of confessions, as has demonstrably been the case here. WFDY once again reiterates that it stands in solidarity with the youth of Iran fighting for peace, human and democratic rights, and social justice.