Stop the executions and release prisoners of conscience
Among them are Hengameh Shahidi, a freelance journalist and a women's rights activist who was arrested in June 2009 for taking part in protests to challenge the presidential election, giving an interview to the media, writing articles on her blog, and collecting signatures for the Campaign for Equality, which seeks to change discriminatory laws affecting women in Iran.
Shahidi is serving a six-year jail sentence. She has complained of torture in custody, including by beatings and threats of execution, and was first held in solitary confinement in a cell that measured only one metre by two metres.
More recently, the Iranian authorities failed to allow a largely peaceful demonstration to proceed on 14 February, in support of those in Egypt and Tunisia. At least two people were killed, and dozens or more injured and detained. Members of the Iranian Parliament called for the two most prominent opposition leaders to be prosecuted and sentenced to death for stirring unrest.