On-going Anti-Regime Protests in Iran by University Students

The World Community Must Recognize their National Demand

PRESS RELEASE for Immediate Release

14th January 2020

On-going Anti-Regime Protests in Iran by University Students

The World Community Must Recognize their National Demand

Anti-regime protests by angry university students started in Iran with sharp slogans against the Supreme leader Ali Khamenei after the IRGC admitted it shot down a plane carrying civilian passengers. Iran regime did not stop civilian flights after it hit the US military bases in Iraq.

On Friday, 3 January 2020, Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, who was known as the Iranian architect of proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other countries of the Middle East and was also the mastermind of the massacre of the Iranian opposition (PMOI/MEK) members in Camp Ashraf and the shoot-to-kill by snipers in recent protests both in Iran and Iraq, was killed in an American attack. ISJ has viewed films showing the on-going protests in Iran where protesters tear down and burn photos of Qasem Soleimani chanting “Soleimani is a killer; his Supreme leader is a killer too.”

On Wednesday, 8 January 2020, the Ukraine Plane with 9 Ukrainian crew flew from Tehran Airport with 176 passengers mainly Iranian and the rest Canadian, British, Swedish and Afghan citizens. The plane crashed shortly after it was up in the sky and all the passengers and members of the crew were killed instantly.

Concealing the truth, the Iranian authorities including Rouhani’s Spokesman and political advisor, Head of the Civil Aviation Organization and Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development announced the plane crash was due to technical failure. However, following international pressure and after several days of denials, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, appeared on the state television reluctantly admitting that the plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile.

This triggered a new series of protests in Iran this time starting from Sharif University in Tehran rapidly spreading to other universities in the capital as well as to other cities in 19 provinces. They know Khamenei as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Rouhani and the IRGC commanders are responsible for this cruel crime which was first intentionally kept hidden.

The protesters are now chanting meaningful slogans more transparently against Khamenei, Rouhani and the IRGC; slogans like: “Death to the Supreme leader Khamenei”, “students are awake, they despise Seyyed Ali (Khamenei)”, “IRGC rulers, you are the ISIS”, “death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei).”

Intending to deviate the anti-regime protests, security forces laid American and Israeli flags on the ground to make students march over them. But the students changed their route to avoid doing so clearly showing their objection and insisting on the anti-regime nature of their protests.

To prevent suppression of the on-going protests like what happened in November 2019 protests which resulted in 1500 dead, 4000 Injured and 12000 detained, ISJ recommends in the strongest possible terms that the UN sets up an independent international committee of inquiry and insists on cooperation from the Iranian regime to enable this committee to travel to Iran, to investigate the uprising, identify those responsible for the killing of innocent protesters in November protests, visit the prisons to ascertain the welfare of those arrested and to investigate allegations of enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment.

As the on-going protests are clear signs of despising the deceptive rulers of Iran by the people, the US Ambassador in NATO tweeted: “America & our Allies stand with the Iranian people as they take to the streets to protest Iran’s oppressive leadership. We support their freedom of expression & their courageous desire to find a different future for Iran – a future free of the cruel & corrupt Khamenei.”

ISJ urges the world leaders and especially the European ones to acknowledge national demand of the Iranian people in defence of human rights and for a fundamental change in Iran.

Note to editors:

The following members of the ISJ Directorate are now available for interview on the current developments in Iran. If you have request for interview, please send an email to:


Alejo Vidal Quadras from Spain, President of ISJ and former Vice President of the European Parliament from 1999-2014. 

Giulio Terzi, Minister Foreign Affairs Italy 2011-2013, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York 2008-2009 and Ambassador of Italy to the United States 2009-2011.

About ISJ:

International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) was initially formed in 2008 as an informal group of EU parliamentarians to seek justice for the Iranian democratic opposition. In 2014 it was registered as a non-profit NGO in Brussels expanding its membership beyond elected parliamentarians to former officials and other dignitaries with an interest to promote human rights, freedom, democracy, peace and stability.