Iran Hopes

A Weblog on Iranian Affairs (Formerly Iran Votes 2005)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The regime is planning to release 15 of "less problematic" students from Evin prison. The Ministry of Sciencses is producing a list to this effect! How bizarre! As if all this time the regime had not been aware of how many students there were in its prisons! In any event, it is yet unknown as to who is going to make it to the list. Will, for example, Akbar and Manouchehr Mohammadi, and Ahmad Batebi who were arrested during the student uprising in 1999, be released too? I suspect not!
Why this decision all of a sudden? For obvious reasons. They - i.e. the hardliner elements of the government in the executive and the judiciary- just want to make a democratic gesture, saying that "hey! look Khatami was not able to get students out of prison, but we were"! Besides, they are really struggling hard these days to at least get relieved from the international pressure over their atrocious human rights record. But measures as this latest one are only TEMPORARY MEASURES. Not every student political prisoner will be let out of their cells and even those who will be released by the regime, will remain under its close monitoring and will be returned, on most absurd grounds, as soon as possible.
Besides, those who know and worry about human rights in Iran want to see someone else to be released from Evin too. That person is: GANJI!