Pensioners Rally In Iran: Toomaj Must Be Freed


  • Iranian diaspora continues protest rallies in major world cities against the death sentence passed on dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi. Rallies are expected to be held over the weekend in many cities across the world.
  • Toomaj Salehi, now 33, was violently arrested during the Woman, Life, Freedom protests of 2022-23 for his artistic activities in support of the anti-government movement.
  • Salehi's lawyer announced the verdict of the Revolutionary Court of Isfahan on Wednesday. Since then, the sentencing has widely been criticized both in Iran and internationally.
  • Toomaj (stage name) was sentenced to six years and three months in prison in July 2023 after an earlier death sentence was overturned. The death sentence was reinstated after the Revolutionary Court of Isfahan brought new charges against him.
  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 20:21

    Thousands Of Iranians In Toronto Rally For Toomaj

    Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Toronto, Canada, joining rallies in dozens of cities worldwide to demand the release of rapper and activist Tomaj Salehi, who faces the death penalty in Iran.

    Waving placards bearing Salehi's image and chanting slogans calling for his freedom, the estimated 5,000 participants in Toronto's gathering made it one of the largest Iranian diaspora protests in recent months.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 17:02

    Iranians Hold Event In London For Toomaj

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 16:57

    Iranian Musicians Unite in Solidarity With Tomaj

    In a show of unity, over 300 Iranian musicians have signed a statement calling for the immediate annulment of Tomaj Salehi's death sentence and the unconditional release of him and other people arrested during the 2022 Iranian protests.

    The musicians describe the situation as "a state of shock and disbelief," emphasizing the unprecedented sentence given to Salehi for peacefully expressing his views. They characterize him as a "voice of the voiceless" and a symbol of the aspirations of a generation yearning for a "normal life" in their homeland.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 15:07

    Iranians In Europe Take To Streets For Toomaj

    Iranians in several European cities held protest rallies in support for Toomaj, chanting slogan against the Islamic Public government and singing along Toomaj’s hit songs.

    In many cities, such as Brussels, people gathered in front of Tehran’s consular buildings and in some cities the main town squares were the venue of demonstrations.

    Iranians’ protest rally in Brussels

    Iranians’ demonstrations in solidarity with Toomaj Salehi in Paris on April 28, 2024

    Iranians’ demonstration in the Danish city of Aarhus

    Demonstrations in the Austian capital Vienna

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 13:44

    Dissident Filmmaker Urges Action Against 'Medieval' Sentence

    Filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof (left), Jafar Panahi (right) and rapper Toomaj Salehi in Tehran on November 24, 2023

    Renowned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has called for a collective response against the "medieval" death sentence issued for Tomaj Salehi. In an Instagram post, Panahi shared a video of Salehi and expressed concerns over the artist's harrowing ordeal.

    "Me and Mohammad Rasoulof couldn't even bear to hear the details of Tomaj's torture," Panahi wrote, highlighting the fact that Salehi was severely tortured during his detention.

    Panahi denounced the death sentence as a barbaric relic of the past, emphasizing the collective responsibility to stand against such injustice. "It is our duty not to break the heart of this son of Iran with our inaction," he said.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 12:02

    Execution Of An Artist Cast Endless Pain On Nation - Dissident Activist

    Prominent dissident Zahra Rahnavard, who has been under house arrest for thirteen years, since February 2011, has joined the global outcry of Toomaj’ssentence.

    Rahnavard isoneof the leaders of the last bout of nationwide protests against the regime before the 2022 protests, the so-called Green Movement ignited after the disputed 2009 presidential election.The Islamic Republic government cracked down on the popular protests, arrested many people and put its leaders on house arrest.

    Rahnavard expressed her deep concern over Salehi's fate, emphasizing the profound anxiety it has instilled among the Iranian people.

    "The fear of the possibility of the execution of an artist has cast an endless pain upon the soul of our eternal land, Iran,"Rahnavard poignantly stated.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 11:41

    Political Prisoners Condemn Tomaj Salehi's Death Sentence

    Eight political prisoners held in Karaj's Ghezel-Hesar prison have released a letter denouncing the death sentence issued to the jailed rapper, calling it "just the tip of the iceberg" of Iran's flagrant human rights violations.

    The chorus of condemnation is growing against Salehi's impending execution, a move seen as a blatant attempt to silence dissent by targeting the iconic celebrities who supported the Women, Life, Freedom protests in 2022.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 11:15

    Pensioners In Ahvaz Rally Against Economic Woes, Express Solidarity With Tomaj

    Videos sent to Iran International show pensioners in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, gathering to protest their dire economic situation. The demonstrators chanted slogans such as "Tomaj Salehi must be freed" in solidarity with the imprisoned dissident artist.

    Iran's pensioner populationhave been severely impacted by the country's economic woes. Inflation has soared to record levels, eroding the purchasing power of pensions and leaving many struggling to make ends meet.

  • Sunday, 04/28/2024.April 28, 2024 at 07:56

    Iranian Diaspora In Australia And New Zealand Rally Against Toomaj’s Sentence

    Iranian expatriates in Adelaide, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, held demonstrations on Sunday, May 9th in front of the South Australian Parliament House and the Iranian embassy, respectively.

    Demonstrators demanded a halt to the issuance and execution of all death sentences, including Salehi's. They also condemned the Iranian regime's crackdown on women's rights.

    Iranians protest outside Tehran's embassy in Wellington

    Speakers at the events addressed the dire state of human rights in Iran, particularly the plight of political prisoners, and the regime's suppression of women. Participants carried placards with slogans supporting Tomaj Salehi and Iranian women, protesting the suppression of freedom of expression and human rights in Iran.

    Protesters in Adelaide

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 22:53

    Iran's Exiled Queen Speaks Out on Toomaj's Death Sentence

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 18:09

    Protesters In Vienna Demand Freedom Of Political Prisoners

    Protesters in the Austrian capital Vienna played Toomaj Salehi's songs and demanded freedom of other political prisoners including Mojahed Kurkur and Reza Rasai who have been sentenced to death.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 18:01

    Iranians Protest Against Rapper's Death Sentence In Helsingburger

    Protesters in Hesingburger, Sweden, carrying posters to demand designation of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 17:59

    Protest Rally For Toomaj Salehi Held in Berlin

    Protesters in Berlin, Germany, chanting against the Islamic Republic.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 17:53

    Other Political Prisoners Sentenced To Death Remembered By Protesters In Copenhagen

    At their rally Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark, protesters also chanted for the freedom of three other political prisoners, Mujahid Korkur, Rezarsaei, and Abbas Drees, currently under a death sentence beside Toomaj Salehi.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 17:10

    Protesters Chant Against Khamenei Outside UN Offices In Geneva

    Protesters gathered outside the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday to support Toomaj Salehi and protest his death sentence. The videos received by Iran International show demonstrators chanting slogans such as "Death to Khamenei".

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 17:05

    Jake Sullivan Condemns Salehi's Death Sentence

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 16:40

    UANI Calls on Europeans to Expel Iran's Diplomats

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 14:30

    Uncle Calls Rapper's Death Sentence 'Height Of Barbarism'

    Speaking to Iran International, Eghbal Eghbali, Toomaj Salehi's uncle, called his death sentence the 'height of barbarism'. The Iranian society was outraged and exploded like a barrel of gunpowder when the sentence was announced, he added.

    "We want the world to boycott the Iranian government politically, economically, and commercially if they adhere to human rights and to expel their dependents from their countries," Eghbali said while calling on Western governments to treat the Islamic Republic in the same way they treat Hamas and ISIS.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 13:30

    Toomaj's Songs Performed By Protesters In Cologne

    Iranians who rallied Saturday in Cologne, Germany, to protest the death penalty meted out by an Iranian revolutionary court to Toomaj Salehi performed his songs. Speakers underlined the importance of unity among the opposition to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

    Separate rallies were held in other German cities including Bonn and Göttingen.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 13:05

    Iranians Not to Cease Support For Toomaj, Political Sociologist Says

    "Authorities have failed again if their decision is executing the sentence and creating terror in the society through it because the society that supported Toomaj's activism will never give up and will continue defending his positions," Eli Khorsandfar, political sociologist, told Iran International.

  • Saturday, 04/27/2024.April 27, 2024 at 12:41

    Iranians Rally In Stockholm, Gothenburg To Protest Salehi's Death Sence

    Videos received by Iran International show Iranians demonstrating Saturday outside the Swedish foreign ministry in Stockholm against the death sentence passed on Rapper Toomaj Salehi for his artistic activities.

    A similar rally was held in Gothenburg where protesters chanted "Free Toomaj".