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Marking a year of struggle since controversial presidential elections

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 9 June 2010 - It is feared that the unrest and associated government crackdown caused by last year's controversial presidential elections in Iran will intensify as the anniversary of the elections draws near. The government is now holding more unfair trials that often lead to long-term imprisonment or in many cases execution.

ARTICLE 19 is joining with Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Watch, Exiled Writers Ink, the International Campaign Against Violence, the One Million Signatures Campaign, Prisoners of Conscience and United for Iran in a week of events, "Unite for Iran", to ensure the situation of human rights in Iran is not forgotten and to support freedom of expression and information for every individual in Iran.

Over 60 cities worldwide will be taking part in events on and around June 12th, the anniversary of the disputed elections. In London, joint events will bring together the work of numerous organisations to highlight the situation in Iran and in particular those imprisoned solely because of their exercise of their right to freedom of expression. We believe that building a global mass movement will not only give strength to the people of Iran, but will also build pressure on the government to conform to the international human rights standards to which Iran is a signatory.

- Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th June – A mobile billboard traveling around central London and in front of the Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy to draw attention to Iranian prisoners of conscience.

- Monday 14th June – Screening of Jafar Panahi's Film "Offside" at the Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA.

- Wednesday 16th June – "Iranian women: heroines or victims of transgression?" an evening of music, poetry, short films, analysis and debate hosted by Exiled Writers Ink, International Coalition Against Violence in Iran and One Million Signature Campaign at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA.

- Friday 18th June – Prisoners of Conscience Panel, with speakers from ARTICLE 19, Amnesty International and renowned Iranian journalist and writer Masih Alinejad, at the Free Word Centre 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA.

For more details, please visit our joint website Unite for Iran or visit our Facebook page:
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