The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned long prison sentences issued by the Revolutionary Courts of Iran against dozens of Iranian students for participating in peaceful protests in December and January and that the regime severely suppressed.
“We condemn the Iranian regime’s rule over demonstrators peaceful students to jail,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a tweet on Twitter.
She said”Students should not be punished for expressing their views through peaceful demonstration, which is universal human rights, and Iran has an international obligation to respect them,”.
In a joint statement last Monday, 68 Iranian student associations criticized the prison sentences imposed on dozens of detained students from various Iranian universities and demanded their immediate release.
Over the past few weeks, there have been protests against these sentences against detained students, who, according to Iranian parliamentarian Parvaneh Salahshouri, are about 150 students.
Human Rights Watch said at least eight Iranian students from Tehran and Tabriz universities were sentenced to eight years in prison and some other students were denied political or media activity or even social networking activity for two years.
Iran’s Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Mansour Gholami, said 12 percent of the students detained in last December’s protests were sentenced to “between a few months to several years.”
Two weeks ago, 125 Iranian university professors, in a letter addressed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, protested the continued detention and sentences of students in recent months and called for action to free students and return them to school.