Thursday, August 10, 2006

Osanloo Released From Prison

Akbar Ganji's list of the 3 political prisoners he wants released has now been narrowed down to two. Mansour Osanloo, the Chairperson of the Union of Bus Drivers in Tehran who has been imprisoned since December 2005, was just released from Evin. Sadly, Ganji's list did not include either of the Mohammadi brothers, nor the nearly 300 other political prisoners of conscience being held in Iran's prisons.

Are Jahanbegloo and Mousavi Khoeni soon to be released now? Does this mean if you are seeking democracy but not in a way that questions the role of religion in government, as in the case of these 4 men, you have a greater chance of not dying in a political prison in Iran?

News of the release of a political prisoner in Iran is always gladly welcomed, though it seems more in the line of universal human rights for all political prisoners to be in line for release, not just those who don't fundamentally question the theocratic system, as appears to be the case here.

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