The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI) has declared the 20th
of June as
The International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran. In response to this call,
demonstrations were held in 50 cities around the world.
Why the 20th
of June 1981 was an important turning point in the history of the struggle of the
people in Iran against the Islamic regime. In 1979 the current regime hijacked the revolution
in Iran and imposed their theocratic authoritarian power on millions of people.
Also in 1981, less than two years of coming to power, on the 20th
of June the regime started
its crackdown on the opposition parties and organizations including their members. Further,
waves of mass arrests, tortures, and executions were carried out: the regime executed 300-
500 people every day, a total of up to 7000 people were executed that year, some for merely
reading opposition handouts. There is no precise information about the exact number of
people that were arrested and executed since the regime carried out this cleansing act in
secret and buried the bodies in unmarked mass burial sites. The parents of those executed
were never informed of their children’s grave. Some estimate that between 1981 and 1988 a
total of 20,000 innocent men and women were executed by the current regime in Iran.
The situation in Iran
Ever since the Islamic regime of Iran took power in 1979the people of Iran have been deprived of
their basic rights including their freedom of expression. Since 1979, no opposition parties or
groups have been tolerated by the regime and slightest resistance to the establishment has been
faced with fierce punishment. This has been the living situation in Iran for more than three
decades and the number of political prisoners has been on the rise.
The regime in Iran has been executing thousands of women and men. Young boys and girls
have also been arrested, kidnapped, tortured, raped and executed solely for expressing their
In the summer of 1988, in only a few weeks, more than 5000 political prisoners were
executed (please see the report by clicking this link See report). The 1988 massacre is only
one item on the long list of the Islamic regime’s atrocities in Iran. Today there are thousands
of political prisoners including students, labour activists, women’s rights activists, and
children as young as 13, are still in prison.
of June 2013
Events were held in 19 cities across the globe. The theme of 2013 was children of political
prisoners in Iran
of June 2012
Events were held in 29 cities across the globe.
of June 2011
In support of the call by CFPPI the International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran
was held in 50 cities across the globe.
of June 2010
CFPPI called 20th
of June to be recognized as The International Day in Support of Political
Prisoners in Iran. This was done to highlight the imprisonment, torture and execution of
thousands of political prisoners in Iran over the past three decades.
20 June 2009
Following the so-called “election” of Ahmadinejad in summer of 2009, thousands of
demonstrators came to the streets in different cities in Iran. Thousands of demonstrators,
some of them as young as 13, were arrested, brutally tortured and raped. As you read these
lines, many of them are still in prison and awaiting their death sentence.
On the 20th
of June 2009 the day that Neda Agha-Soltan (a 27-year-old philosophy student)
was shot to death by the snipers of the Islamic regime on the streets of Tehran, regime
arrested more than 500 of the demonstrators!