The vast majority of the students were arrested by Rouhani’s Ministry of Intelligence, which under his watch has become one of Iran’s major human rights violators.
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the authorities in Iran to immediately release all of the students and others arrested for the peaceful expression of dissent, and calls on President Rouhani to use his authority over the Ministry of Intelligence to rein in its members and stop the abuses being routinely committed by this body.
“Rouhani says people are free to protest, but over 150 students have been behind bars in Iran for over six months for doing just that—and most of them were arrested by his Intelligence Ministry,” said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI executive director.
“Rouhani’s silence at the continued detention of these students betrays the hypocrisy of his words,” Ghaemi added.
In the letter, the academics urged Rouhani “to take steps in support of students and carry out your duties and pledges to safeguard people’s rights and defend students’ space to criticize.”
The letter continued, “Given that your government’s Intelligence Ministry is responsible for arresting many of the students, and in accordance with your duties as the chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, we urge you to immediately issue an order to completely suspend the judicial cases against the students.”
Iranian Member of Parliament Parvaneh Salahshouri, a reformist lawmaker, said in an interview with the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) on July 10, 2018, “A list has been put together of the students detained in the December 2017 incidents and they number more than 150.” She told ILNA that 17 students had so far been sentenced to prison terms.
The latest sentences were issued on July 10 as the Appeals Court in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, upheld a two-year sentence against Roya Saghiri and a six-month prison term for Ali Ghadiri.
In a joint statement published in July 2018, more than 60 student organizations from universities across Iran sharply criticized President Rouhani for the crackdown on students led by his Intelligence Ministry.
“Dr. Rouhani’s ‘moderate’ government has not only failed to defend the students but evidently his Intelligence Ministry is involved in their arrest and prosecution,” said the student organizations.
On Students Day, December 2, 2017, Rouhani said, “You have the right to criticize the government and the president. This is the right of all people. You cannot have a university without criticism. We must speak, criticize and find solutions,” and on December 2017, as nationwide protests against the government’s economic policies and political oppression erupted in the country, Rouhani said, “According to the constitution and citizens’ rights, people are free to express their criticism and protest.”
However, Rouhani has remained silent on the continued detainment of the student protesters and the harsh sentences issued to them that have been accumulating in recent weeks.
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