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Open Letter to Facebook Administration: Speak Out in Support of Hanieh Shotorban

Dear Facebook Administration:

Iranian Facebook user Hanieh Farshi Shotorban has been arrested by the Islamic Republic, detained in Evin prison in Tehran, and held without being allowed to contact her family, all because she used her voice to publicly express herself – on Facebook. She is only one we know about, among many whose names and stories remain unknown.

Facebook has served as a critical outlet for news from Iran since the June 2009 post-election protests, and Facebook has been instrumental in raising awareness and organizing action around the world in support of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and others detained, tortured, or at imminent risk of execution by the Islamic Republic. As such, Facebook is an integral component of the international community’s humanitarian response to the naked violence of the Islamic Republic against people in Iran.

Hanieh Shotorban was arrested and is being held in one of Iran’s most notorious torture houses for no other reason than the fact that she shared opinions on Facebook.

For all of these reasons, we ask you to issue a public statement in support of Ms. Shotorban.

As the arbitrary arrests, detentions, tortures, and executions of freedom-seeking people continue in Iran, it is time for the world to stand together to announce with one voice that we do not accept the savagery and barbarism of the regime of the Islamic Republic. As the convener of more than 500 million voices around the world, we believe that Facebook too has a voice and should use it now, in defense of free speech, and in defense of Hanieh’s speech.

[your name]

Please send to the following:
Web Form to Contact Facebook:
1) In the box where it asks for “Suggestion,” enter the following: Hanieh Shotorban arrested for using Facebook
2) Where it asks for “More Details,” copy and paste the text of your letter asking Facebook to issue a public statement in support of Hanieh Shotorban.

Facebook Headquarters
156 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605
Phone: 650-543-4800
Fax: 650-543-4801

Coverage of Hanieh Shotorban’s arrest and detention:
Translation by Persian2English

RAHANA- On Sunday July 18 at 6:00 am, security agents in Tabriz entered Hanieh Farshi Shotorban’s house and arrested her.

According to RAHANA, security agents investigated her house before arresting her and confiscated her PC, cell phone and other personal belongings. She was first transferred to Tabriz Intelligence detention and later to Evin prison in Tehran.

Hanieh Farshi Shotorban, 28, lives with her elderly mother and has no history of political activities. She has been charged with “insulting the sacred and having ties with foreigners”, accusations which have been said to be related to her activities on Facebook. There is no news available about her status and her family has not been allowed to contact her.


4 thoughts on “Open Letter to Facebook Administration: Speak Out in Support of Hanieh Shotorban

  1. Hanieh Shotorban
    Wir Forderungen die Freiheit von Gefängnis im iran
    Hoch die internnationale Solidarität

    Das Bildungssystem beruht auf Selektion
    Das gesamt Bildunggsverhinderungssystem An die internet kann nur gelangen

    Wer die entsprechende Zugangsberechtigung erwirbt.

    Viele bleiben davon für immer ausgeschlossen
    Besonders extrem ist die Selektion im iran dreigliedirgen internetsystem
    Wo schon in der system program über die lebenschancen von kindern entschieden

    Viele Untersuchungen haben gezeigt. das die Bildungswegen nicht durch Begabung
    Zu erklären sind.. sondern entscheidend mit der internensystem herkunft zu tun

    Die Chance von Arbeiterkindern in iran an die internetsystem zu gelangen ist relativ
    Gering Auch die geschlechtsspezifische Selektion ist gerade in der akademischen
    Laufbahn offensichtlich das es sich bei der Selektion im Bildungswesen um eine
    Vermeidbare Beeinträchtigung grundlegender menschlicher Bedürfnisse handelt
    Wird deutlich wenn man die entwicklung des Bildungswesens in Relation zu der
    des gesellschaftlichen Reichtums setz.

    So könnte zumindest in dem maße in dem die Arbeitsproduktivität jahr für jahr
    Seigt die Arbeitszeit reduziert und die Zeit der individuen für Bildung erweitert
    Werden Wir beobachten jedoch stattterbris mit den jüngsten Bildungsreformen
    im Gegenteil eine Verkürzung der Zeiten die für Bildung zur Verfügung stehen.

    Die Kritische historisch materialistische Theorie Lehrt uns dass Gewalt in
    Geschichte und Gesellschaft notwendig eine Rolle spielt Solange die gesellschaft-
    lichen Verhältnisse durch Ausbeutung und Herrschaft strukturiert sind..
    Dies ist leider auch in unserer Gesellschaft der Fall

    Sie ist durch und durch gekennzeichnet durch Ausbeutung Herrschaft und Gewalt
    Aus historisch materialistischer Sicht ist in der Regel Gewalt nur das Mittel der
    ökonomische Vorteil dagegen der Zweck

    Posted by mahmoud nickpi | August 12, 2010, 5:18 pm
  2. Free this woman! Free Iran!!

    Posted by Mike Sampat | June 19, 2011, 2:29 am
  3. Words

    those dangerous words
    the blogger uses when she
    writes about life

    Posted by Bjarne Kim Pedersen | June 19, 2011, 4:21 am


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