The release of 11 prisoners of conscience recently by the government of Iran has close ties with people in the Payson area.
The Payson unit of Amnesty International (AI) has been part of an international effort for years, advocating the release of those unjustly imprisoned simply for advocating human rights.
In September 2010, Iranian activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to six years in prison for “spreading propaganda and acting against national security,” including being a member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. Her audacity to speak up for human rights resulted in being yanked from her husband and two children and thrown into an Iranian jail without recourse.
Members of our own Payson Amnesty International group along with many other AI groups around the world have written countless letters to Iran advocating her release and safe return to her family. Persistence has finally been successful, even in a country such as Iran.
This is a victory for those who challenge injustice and for advocates who speak up for human rights. And it shows what can happen when we the people unite in the cause of liberty and justice for all.
Joan Spatti, Payson Amnesty International