First of all, we congratulate you on the First of May, the international day of workers’ solidarity. This day is an important component in the connection between the left and the international workers’ movement. We re-affirm our solidarity with you and wish you progress in your struggle against neoliberalism which is attacking the rights acquired by the international workers’ movement. We hope that in these difficult circumstances, workers’ unions and organisations in different countries, by communicating and exchanging their experiences in the struggle, can defend their rights more efficiently and come up with more useful ways of pushing back against this attack.
Regardless where we will be, we will raise our voice on the 25th of July to express our common demands. We are sure that the future belongs to the fighters for freedom.
We also call on the UN Secretary General to urge the Iranian government to respect the rights of Iranian citizens, release the recently arrested and other political prisoners, stop the crackdown on peaceful protests and set and end to violations against the legal and human rights of Iranian citizens.
Ya’ghoob Mehrnahad, one of the civil society activists, director of “Youth of Justice Voice” association, and Baluch journalist was also in charge of Mardomsalari Newspaper in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Within the recent years, it is the first time that a journalist or a civil society activist has been executed.
This brave decision by them has caused them to be threatened in the regime’s media. Ascribing Ms. Ebadi’s dependents to Baha’i faith is only one excuse to put pressure on her once again. Her very presence in struggle against human rights violation in Iran, either by defending Baha’is rights or protesting against “Protecting Family” bill or any other aspect, is the main problem for IRNA.
The Political-Executive Board of our organization has assessed that positive response to the proposed package as a base for talks is in our country’s national interest and has demanded that experts be able to discuss the content of the package freely and people should have their final verdict on it through a referendum.
In our view, within such a critical moment, the policy of silence or a negative reaction to the package will intensify the international sanction, accelerate the issuance of the Security Council fourth resolution, and intensify military threats against Iran. We believe that our national interests are in accepting the group 5+1 package as a base for negotiation between the two parties.
Contrary to Ahmadinejad’s claim, the international sanctions have seriously affected our country’s economy, increased the cost of raw material, interrupted or slowed down the exchange process, increased insurance costs, deteriorated investment in various economy sectors such as oil and gas, and caused high inflation and unemployment.
Social movements are facing the most difficult challenges. Pressures on social activists have significantly increased. Leaders of “One Million Signature” campaign are continuously being prosecuted and imprisoned, labor movement leaders are in prison, military atmosphere has intensified in the universities, and professors, students, and student associations are under pressure.
Our organization condemns the Islamic Republic intensifying crimes against Kurdish political prisoners and asks the international bodies to put more pressure on the Islamic regime to release Iranian political prisoners.
Our fellow Baha’i citizens are paying the price of having a different religious faith than the Iranian official religion. Hundreds of thousand of Baha’is, only because of the traditional hostility of the Shi’e clergy with them, have been suffering the worst types of prejudices and oppressions.
The parliamentary election verified that the supreme leader, along with the IRGC and URF current have decided to have an engineered election and produce their favorite results. Thus, one can say that in the Islamic Republic, role of election has changed and shift of power between regime factions is no longer possible.
Under the governance of the Islamic Republic, the gap between poor and rich has been widened and country’s social and economic resources, particularly by causing migration of millions of educated people have been damaged. National sovereignty is at risk and regime’s adventurous foreign policies have caused isolation of the country.
By pursuing nuclear program, the ruling faction who came to power after the most recent presidential election has led our country towards a face off with the international society. Two resolutions against Iran have been ratified by the Security Council of the UN and the third one is under way. But the IR has not stopped uranium enrichment and no significant progress in Larijani-Solana’s negotiation has been made.
By expressing our deep concern over these recent tragic incidents, we ask you to urge the Iranian authorities to adopt an immediate moratorium on all executions and, as a first minimal step, to pass a law prohibiting the death by stoning.
Activists affiliated to various national minorities in Kurdistan, Khuzestan, and Azerbaijan are under prosecution. Struggles of people of these areas are being suppressed. Journalists and human right activists in Kurdistan and Azerbaijan have been convicted to several years in jail because of covering news and reports of these areas.
Iranian left forces, inside and outside of Iran, are willing to familiarize you with the anti-democratic policies of the Islamic Republic within the last three decades. Our organization will be delighted to discuss with you or your representatives the various dimensions and injurious consequences of inattention to democracy and human rights, with regards to our country.
We are against military action and any kind of sanction that has life threatening consequences for the people in Iran. Our opposition to sanction and the US policy toward Iran is from our position of opposing the Islamic Republic regime.