Breathing in Confinement


38 Swiss academics call on Asma Jahangir to take immediate action for the freedom of detained students in Iran


Category: Students

Breathing in Confinement – 38 Swiss academics have signed an open letter to Mrs. Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran and called her to take immediate action to make sure about the freedom of detained students in Iran.

These Swiss university professors, teachers and students have said that “the Islamic Republic of Iran have arrested at least 100 students since the beginning of protests on December 28, 2017.” “Although some students have been released in recent days, there is no news about those who are still in detention.” They have continued.

The signatories have expressed their concern about possible torture and mistreatment of these students.

In this open letter which has been written in cooperation with the “Prisoners’ Rights League in Iran” the signatories have mentioned the detention of Aydin Mohsennejad’s father who is a retired teacher and has been taken to Khoy prison since January 5th instead of his son and stated that “there are even cases known where the Intelligence Ministry has taken parents of the students as hostage to force the son to show up to be taken to the prison.”

The Swiss academics have stated that they “believe that these students have used their legitimate right of peaceful demonstration.” They have concluded: “It is a severe violation of human rights to arrest the people who have exercised their right for freedom of expression.”

The signatories have called on Mrs. Asma Jahangir “to take immediate steps to make sure that the Islamic Republic of Iran releases these students immediately and unconditionally.”

It is worth mentioning that since the beginning of protests in different cities of Iran, thousands have been arrested, at least 100 of whom were university students.

“Breathing in Confinement” had published the names of 70 of these students. Although some of them have been released in recent days, there is still no information about the condition of a number of detained students.