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Hunger Strike at UN

13 Jul 2009 22:482 Comments


By MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles | 13 July 2009

Twenty-seven Iranian political activists, human rights advocates and academics have called for a hunger strike in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York from July 22-24. They have invited Iranians living in the United States to join them, in order to express their solidarity with the recently arrested and jailed protestors in Iran, and to act as the voice of the Iranian people in these critical and difficult times. The signatories of the statement say that,

The people of Iran, through their widespread participation in the June 12, 2009 presidential election, indicated that, despite the fundamental shortcomings of Iran's political system, prefer to decide their fate and that of their nation through peaceful and democratic means. But, unfortunately, Iran's ruling establishment did not respect and appreciate the large participation of Iranian citizens in the election and, through vast fraud, violated the fundamental rights of Iranian people for deciding their nation's fate, and carried out a coup against its own people.

Even more unfortunate is the fact that the ruling group and the coup-created government have reacted violently to the extensive peaceful demonstrations of the people who were only protesting the violation of their rights, ruthlessly cracked down on the protestors, and unlawfully arrested in the streets a large number of the political activists, intellectuals, journalists, and common people, and have jailed them in solidarity confinement. Credible information also indicates that the imprisoned people are under psychological and physical pressure to confess to breaking the laws, which they have actually not done.

Thus, we the signatories of this statement declare our support of the Green Movement of the Iranian people, condemn the vast fraud in the election, the ruthless crackdown on the people's protests, and the illegal arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of Iran's citizens and social and political activists, by staging a hunger strike in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York, so as to be the voice of the dignified and oppressed people of Iran. We ask the United Nations official to demand that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release unconditionally all the imprisoned people. Given the dangerous situation that the imprisoned people are in and the threat to their lives, we demand that an emissary of the United Nation's Secretary-General [be sent to Iran] in order to meet with the imprisoned people.

The signatories include Abdolali Bazargan, the distinguished Islamic scholar (and son of the late Mahdi Bazargan, Iran's first prime minister after the 1979 Revolution), Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a Tehran reformist deputy to the 6th Majles (parliament) who is currently residing in the United States, Dr. Mansoor Farhang, a professor of political science and Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations after the Revolution, Professor Hamid Dabashi of Colombia University, Mehrangiz Kar, a well-known human rights advocate, and Akbar Gangi, the respected investigative journalist who spent 6 years in Iranian jails for revealing the details of some of the crimes committed by Iranian officials. While in jail, Ganji went on a prolonged hunger strike in 2005.

The call to the hunger strike has also been supported by some prominent figures, such as Mr. Taher Ahmadzadeh, a member of the Nationalist-Religious Coalition in Iran who was the governor-general of Khorasan province in the Bazargan government (whose two sons, Mosoud and Majid. were killed by the Shah's security forces before the 1979 Revolution), Professor Ervand Abrahamian, a distinguished academic and author of numerous books on Iran, Shahrnoush Parsipour, the well-known literary figure who spent some time in Iranian jails, Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush, the distinguished philosopher and Islamic scholar, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the famed Iranian movie director who has been acting as a Paris-based spokesman for Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main reformist candidate.

Gangi has declared that the Iranian government will pay a heavy price for its deed during and after the election, and has promised much stronger actions against it in the coming weeks. He and other well-known Iranian political activists and human rights advocates, such as Shirin Ebadi (the 2003 Nobel Laureate for Peace), have called on the international community to show solidarity with the Iranian people by not recognizing the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term as president, and to sanction and isolate the government of Iran diplomatically.

Copyright (c) 2009 Tehran Bureau

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I support the call & will try and get some relations there to partake in same. I am getting totally despondent by the UN as it a long time ago lost the sting in its tail and is now a little weakling as regards the "Human Right's" abuses of millions the world over. I was also; very disappointed that Hilary Clinton said that talks with the Iranian Government on the nuclear issue would continue, even though the world & its mother know the Iranian government are as fake and as crooked as an asymmetrical vast river.

v.gerrard / July 16, 2009 10:21 AM

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Hunger Strike in Montreal, Canada, against the new wave of repression in Iran.

When: Starting time 10Am Friday, July 24 / Ending time 8pm Saturday, July 25, 2009

Where: Dorchester Square - Place du Canada

Corner of Peel Street and Rene-Levesque Blvd. Montreal

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Mina / July 22, 2009 11:51 AM