Letters

UN Must Investigate the Killing of Protesters in Iran

A group of prominent Iranians have appealed to the United Nations to take immediate action on Iran and appoint a commission to investigate the human rights violations in the country during the recent nationwide protests.  The letter, signed by prominent Iranian academics, lawyers, doctors, journalists, and human rights activists based in the United States, Europe, Canada, India and Iran, also urges the UN to demand the immediate release of protesters still incarcerated, and to allow the UN’s Special Rapporteur for Iran to visit the country and talk to human rights activists targeted in…
kadivarad33
2019/11/30
Letters

The European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

14.05.2018 Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European Commission Berlaymont 1049 Brussels We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union’s intention to remain steadfast in its commitment to the historic accord concluded between Iran and the E3/EU+3, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Too often, politicians have inclined to patronise and admonish, but, instead, you opted for a “universal language” of respect and dialogue. You proclaimed that “his deal belongs to…
kadivarad33
2018/05/18
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Academics Against Immigration Executive Order

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order (EO) proposing a 30-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The unrealistic conditions required for discontinuing the suspension make it very likely that this EO will turn into a permanent ban. We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure on three grounds: This Executive Order is discriminatory.…
kadivarad33
2017/01/28
Letters

Letter to UN Secretary-General Concerning Saudi Arabia’s Removal from List of Armies Charged with War Crimes

Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) June 30, 2016 Mr. Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary General We the undersigned, a group of professors in Europe and North America, are deeply alarmed to learn that the government of Saudi Arabia has coerced you to remove the military coalition led by that country in Yemen from the UN list of armies charged with war crimes in that country. According to the New York Times, you have openly admitted to reporters that you were “threatened with the loss of financing for humanitarian…
kadivarad33
2016/06/30
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Academics urge Rouhani to speak out over house arrests of Iranian critics

The Guardian June 12th, 2016   To the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran His Excellency, Dr. Hasan Rouhani   We, the undersigned, a group of university professors in North America, would like bring a humanitarian request to your attention in your capacity as the highest elected official of the Islamic Republic of Iran.   We request your urgent attention to the continued house arrest of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard, three prominent political critics of the Islamic Republic of Iran who have been placed under house…
kadivarad33
2016/06/14
Letters

North American professors’ plea to President Rouhani

April 26th, 2016   Your Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Hassan Rouhani   We the undersigned, a group of university professors in North America, write you concerning the dire circumstances of a number of political prisoners in Iran. It is our hope that you would consider intervening on their behalf and arranging for their immediate hospitalization under the care of competent and expert physicians.   Much distressing news is emerging concerning the battle some of these political prisoners are waging against cancer. It is common…
kadivarad33
2016/04/28
Letters

Defending the Compassionate Prophet by a Criminal Act!

Regretfully, this year the birthday of the bearer of the message of compassion that awakens humanity’s conscience, coincided with a horrendous crime perpetrated by a gang of ignorant criminals in Paris, France on January 7, 2015. This gang of amoral criminals were utterly oblivious to the high standards of morals and tolerance that the Prophet exuded, and acted under an illusion of protecting the sanctity of his prophethood by inflicting a devastating blow to the very message his religion exemplifies. Of course, it is neither prudent nor moral to insult…
kadivarad33
2015/01/25
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Unfolding Tragedy in Gaza

Statement of a group of the Iranian professors of the American and European universities concerning the unfolding tragedy in Gaza The relentless bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military, now entering its 11th day, has left 214 Palestinians dead.  Many more are maimed, traumatized, and bereaved.  The world community has the right to ask: for how long must the inhabitants of this “largest prison on planet earth” suffer from callous blockade and periodic carnage?  The latest Israeli incursion has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza, forcing thousands to…
kadivarad33
2014/07/17
Letters

A Message to the Leaders of Egypt: Let us learn from the bitter experience of the Islamic Republic of Iran

At the outset, we would like to applaud the great victory of the people of Egypt in their struggle to establish a democratic system of governance in order to realize the objectives of the rule of law, freedom, social justice, and moral as well as religious values. The pivotal place of the ancient nation of Egypt among Muslim nations, and the crucial role of Egypt in the region has persuaded us, the authors of this letter -- who are Islamic scholars with a modicum of knowledge of politics – to…
kadivarad33
2013/01/03
Letters

Iran’s Green Movement and Academics Condemns Anti-Semitic rant by Iran’s Vice-President

We the undersigned, categorically condemn the speech of Mr. Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s vice president in the UN-sponsored international anti-drug conference in Tehran on June 26, 2012. These baseless allegations that include the responsibility of the book of Talmud for today’s international illegal drug trade and genocide are historically inaccurate, morally reprehensible, and politically contrary to the interests of the nation and government of Iran.
kadivarad33
2012/07/01