This cruel regime has shown no shame in perpetrating its crimes even within the realms of academia by invading schools and exposing young schoolgirls to chemical attacks, intruding into universities, mass arresting students or imposing disciplinary sanctions, suspending scholars, and firing professors who dare to raise their voices against corruption and cruelty. It has implemented a series of stringent disciplinary regulations in universities to further open the hands of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). All of these actions are against the fundamental principles of human rights, education, and intellectual freedom.
As we approach the 16th of September, the regime has intensified its arrests and has apprehended individuals who have suffered the loss of their loved ones during the last year's protests in an attempt to stifle any potential resurgence. In response, Iranians are more united. We are witnessing the unwavering resilience of our women, who bravely defy suppression and oppression by refusing to abide by the rules of compulsory hijab. We are witnessing how the strong solidarity among scholars, leads them to provide mutual support.
In solidarity, we, the Iranian scholars and human rights activists in “Iranian Scholar for Liberty (ISL)”, “International Community of Iranian Academics (ICOIA)”, and “We Are Iranian Students (WAIS)”, declare our unyielding commitment to the pursuit of freedom. We stand together and demand for democracy in Iran, for liberty so everyone can make their own choices, for our people's right to speak their truths, for the protection and preservation of Iran's natural environment, and for the obliteration of discrimination and injustice in all forms. We will continue to amplify Iranians' cry for change and will always remember the sacrifices endured in our fight to freedom.
Woman, Life, Freedom