Sunday, November 13, 2016

Iran: New campaign to #FreeArtists jailed in Iran - MEDIA ADVISORY INFO & VIDEO (3 min)

Amnesty International

     Amnesty International and renowned Iranian music band Kiosk are calling on artists and members of the public around the world to join a #FreeArtists campaign to demand that Iran immediately and unconditionally release jailed artists, including a musician and a filmmaker who are on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
     The brothers, musician Mehdi Rajabian and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, are currently serving three-year prison terms. They were convicted in 2015 after a blatantly unfair trial before a Revolutionary Court of charges that included “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “illegal audio-visual activities”. On 28 October 2016, they began their second hunger strike in protest against their imprisonment.
     A third artist Keywan Karimi has also been sentenced to six years’ in prison for “insulting Islamic sanctities”, also related to his artistic work and is at imminent risk of imprisonment.

For more information about Amnesty International’s #FreeArtists campaign see:
Amnesty International campaign to free jailed artists
Jailed Iranian artist brothers on hunger strike 
Iran: Free Artists! Amnesty International and KIOSK unite voices blog and video (3min)