[Marxism] Fwd: 2585. Vida Hadjebi Tabrizi: Her Life and Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Mar 26 06:33:17 MDT 2017

A necessary introduction

Vida Hadjebi Tabrizi, a flamboyant female Iranian socialist who was 
named by the Amnesty International’s political prisoner of the year in 
1978 died of a stroke in Paris on March 13, 2017, at age 81.

I learned about it from Farrokh, my lifetime friend who was like me 
active in the New York-based Committee for Artistic and Intellectual 
Freedom in Iran (CAIFI) in the 1970s.  While CAIFI publicized the plight 
of dozens of political prisoners in the Mohammad Reza Shah’s Jails, The 
case of Vida Hadjebi Tabrizi was always a central case.  A non-sectarian 
defense committee that defended all prisoners of conscience, including 
leftists of various ideologies, nationalists, and Islamic oppositionists 
and welcomed the support of all regardless of their political 
allegiances, CAIFI won over the support of some prominent liberal 
Americans, including Kay Boyle, Daniel Ellsberg, and Ramsey Clark.  In 
the case of Vida Hadjebi, CAIFI won over Columbia University sociologist 
Allan Silver who personally took a letter of protest signed by the 
Canadian Association of Sociologists to Iranian Embassy in Washington 
D.C regarding her detention. American Feminist Kate Millett, the 
National Organization of Women representative and Anne Roberts, Amnesty 
International representative, and other concerned U.S citizens publicly 
denounced the imprisonment and torture of Vida Hadjebi and the treatment 
of women prisoners of conscience in Iran.


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