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From Stockholm to Bogota to Ouagadougou, rallies will take place at Iranian embassies across the globe on 25 July to protest the regime's killing and jailing of political demonstrators who took to the streets after disputed elections on 12 June. Join the crowd in one of 55 cities listed on http://united4iran.org , to call for freedom and democracy in Iran.

The Global Day of Action for Iran is being supported by IFEX members the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders (RSF), and many other rights organisations.

As part of the solidarity campaign, a coalition of nearly 30 exiled Iranian intellectuals and activists today launched a three-day hunger strike outside of the UN headquarters in New York. The strikers, among them prominent Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji and celebrated Iranian singer Googoosh, are demanding the release of those arrested in post-election protests. They have received the support of many US intellectuals and celebrities. See: http://www.akbarganji.org .

In the United Kingdom, Iran Solidarity, a coalition of over 1,000 individuals and organisations was launched on 13 July. The group is planning solidarity acts not only for 25 July, but also the following 365 days. The daily acts of solidarity will take place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm in London's Trafalgar square, London.

Get ready for 25 July by downloading and printing off your Neda Agha Soltan facemask as part of the group's "We are all Neda" campaign. (Agha Soltan, one of the first protestors killed, was shot dead in a 20 June Tehran protest.) You can also download a "WANTED" poster that depicts Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a war criminal from Iran Solidarity's website: http://www.iransolidarity.org.uk/

Also, see the joint statement signed by 42 Arab human rights organisations, including several IFEX members: http://tinyurl.com/m9uyn4 . The letter urges Iranian authorities to learn from "the region's bitter lessons" and release political detainees, investigate recent torture cases and murders of protesters and prisoners and immediately disband the plainclothes vigilantes used to "brutalise the population into submission."

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