Global Day of Support for Iran's Victims of Human Rights Abuse
July 24, 2009
Thousands of activists worldwide will participate in a Global Day of Action on Saturday, to demonstrate international solidarity with those whose human rights are being abused in Iran.
Amnesty International and a coalition of organizations will be holding the Global Day of Action to pressure the Iranian authorities to stop all violence against demonstrators and release the hundreds – possibly thousands – of people currently detained for peacefully protesting against the disputed outcome of Iran’s presidential election in June.
Iranian authorities have acknowledged up to 21 deaths during demonstrations in Tehran, but the true number across the country is likely to be much higher. Scores have been wounded. Many are reported to have been injured by the paramilitary Basij.
The date for the Global Day of Action was chosen as initial reports suggested that President Ahmadinejad could be inaugurated on 26 July or shortly afterwards. However, more recent reports suggest that the inauguration will be between 2 and 6 August.
The day will consist of public demonstrations in more than 105 cities, including Barcelona, Beirut, Caracas, Chicago, Dakar, Istanbul, London, Montevideo, Ougadougou, Prague and Santiago.
Each demonstration will be calling for:
For information on events in other cities around the world, please visit the United for Iran website or contact your local Amnesty International section.