Shine a Light on Azadi Square

Shine a Light on Azadi Square

In Iran, students continue to face egregious forms of repression and human rights abuses, as the Iranian authorities attempt to exert control over students opposed to their policies. Those who dare speak out, do so at great risk and with devastating consequences.

Majid Tavakkoli is one of the hundreds of people who have been jailed in Iran for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression. Majid, a student leader, was arrested in December 2009 after speaking at a university rally. He is now serving a term of more than eight years in prison for simply criticizing the government.

Azadi Square (Freedom Square) in Tehran is a place where demonstrations have occurred throughout Iran's history. Recently, it was the site for student led demonstrations in 2009, which took place in the days and weeks following the disputed Presidential elections in Iran.

Take Action: Join A Virtual International Protest in Azadi Square

Shine a light on freedom of expression in Iran through a virtual protest in Azadi Square.

It's easy. Here's how:

  • Temporarily rename prominent places on your school campus or community Azadi Square;
  • Do this informally by simply posting a sign or try to get a more formal proclamation made by your student government or city officials;
  • Make a sign, noting that you are in Azadi Square and include some of the suggested slogans. Feel empowered to get creative. Template signs that you can download and print are also available. You might also consider projecting any of the template signs on a wall.
    • Template signs: If printing on 8.5x11 paper:
      Template 1, Template 2, Template 3
    • If printing on 11x17 paper:
      Template 1, Template 2, Template 3
    • [Note: Amnesty International does not take a position on any political party, agenda or ideology in Iran, but instead, focuses on the human rights violations. Please only include messages which focus on human rights.]
  • Take a picture to document this momentous event. The picture can be by yourself or with a large group of people;
  • Upload your photos. These pictures will be used to create a virtual protest in Azadi Square, calling for the freedom of Majid Tavakkoli and all prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Questions? Contact: Ilona Kelly, Individuals at Risk Campaigner - Africa and the Middle East, [email protected].