Thursday, August 4, 2011

Imprisoned Student Activist: Ali-Akbar Mohammdzadeh

 Student Activist, Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh

Introduction - This is Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh, the 22 years old head of the Islamic Association of Sanati-Sharif University. Actually, Islamic Associations are normal student organizations and have nothing to do with Islam anymore. The organizations were called Islamic after the Islamic Revolution. Since the members were elected and generations changed by time, the members and ideas changed, but the name didn't.

Ali Akbar's friends call him Alak (from Ali and Akbar). After the rigged Iran Election 2009, the government arrested many students and tried to forbid all the Islamic Associations and other student organizations, except Bassij-Student organizations, in the universities. Alak was one of those who didn't give up the fight and almost lonely, he organized many student meetings.

Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh was arrested on 15 February 2011, a day after an anti-government protest in Tehran. He has spent 54 days of his imprisonment in solitary. 

About 160 graduates of Sanati-Sharif university and  more than 200 supporters have signed a letter on the head of judiciary and ask him to end Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh's illegal detention. The letter,  translated by Banooye Sabz, is as follows:

"We, a group of students at Sanati Sharif (Sharif University of Technology), protest the long term imprisonment of our classmates. We are of the opinion that all student activities on campus should be subject to the rules and regulations of the university itself and that any involvement by external institutions will only lead to the violation of the university’s independence.
We believe the long term imprisonment of Mr. Mohammadzadeh to be illegal and demand with all due respect that our colleague’s right to due process and justice be observed in a court of law. The student body at Sharif University of Technology impatiently awaits the return of its classmate Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh to campus."
Please join the Facebook page "Release Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh" .

foot note:

Imprisoned journalists will get support by journalist associations such as reporters without borders. Imprisoned lawyers will get support by some lawyers' association. But who will support students? There are some students such as Majid Tavakkoli who has been supported globally. But isn't he an exception? Let us make other imprisoned student famous, too. May be as a Blogger game?

If you like the idea, you can introduce one infamous student activist (You can e.g. use this link on daneshjoonews) and send me a link of your introduction. You can also ask other Bloggers to play this game. For the beginning, I ask two of my great friends, persianbanoo and Liss, both of them human rights Green Movement activists.

If the game/action is successful, I will make a new page, list the name of students, and link them to your post.


  1. Thank you for your kind mention, and for drawing attention to the plight of Ali-Akbar Mohammadzadeh.

    I have conflicting feelings about the phenomena you describe, when I see film directors supporting jailed film directors; journalists supporting jailed journalists.. and so on.. I always have the same thoughts: what about the shop-keepers, the office workers, the people for whom we don't even know their occupation; who will advocate for all these others, in their thousands?
    Are we saying a film director, an actress, a journalist, is worth more than the freedom of any other person? That concept is against my deepest principles.

    It is the same with petitions. You might see a different petition for a single named prisoner every other day. Yet there are not enough days in a year, in three years even, to cover a petition for every single prisoner.

    In my opinion, most websites, blogs, FaceBook Pages and Groups show the same weakness - one for this prisoner or group, one for another.. there is not enough time in the average person's day to go from group to group, petition to petition, campaign to campaign.

    I'd be interested to hear a counterpoint to my comments.

    In the meantime I will continue to support the One Million Voices for Iran campaign petition and FaceBook page, which demands freedom and justice for all prisoners.

  2. Thank you Liss.

    I agree with you and I like the idea of One Million Voices, but I think the following has to be added.

    I just know that in many cases, IR released specially those prisoners, who were more famous globally. They released many just in the case, if the international pressure was big enough. Unfortunately this didn't work always, e.g. Majid or Nasrin Sotoudeh.

    I just think that me, as a blogger, have to support specially those, who are almost forgotten. Specially students, since they are too young. I cannot go through all of them, but if many help, we can. It was the reason for making it a game.

    The job you are doing for one million voices is great. The question is just for the case if you have time left and want to write, but you R not sure what about (if that happens to you at all)

    I am sure that you know the importance of going through special cases: People want to know what they have done, they want to see pictures and so on. So I think we cannot demand freedom for all political prisoners without introducing them, or at least some of them.

    Summary: For demanding the idea of one million voices, we need at least some examples of the political Prisoners.

  3. As a reminder, I also created the Iran Prisoner List - I believe it is now the most complete database available - with photos and details where possible. Many of the campaigns we see for "special cases" use the information from my list to help support their campaign.

    One Million Voices for Iran:
    Iran Prisoner List: