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An Open Letter to U.S. Senators and Congressmen on Upcoming Resolution on Iran

May 11, 2011

Re: The Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act of 2011

Dear Senators Mark Kirk and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressmen Robert Dold and Ted Deutch

On May 4, 2011, you have introduced the resolution, The Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, and asserted that the bipartisan legislation would make it the policy of the United States to deny the Iranian regime the ability to oppress the people of Iran, to fully support democratic activists inside Iran, and to help the Iranian people freely and safely access and share information.

Three decades of negotiation by various US administrations has shown that the regime is interested in dialogue only to buy itself enough time in order to develop its weapon’s program. IRI uses its proxies within the United States to convince various American officials that the regime is desirous of a discourse. The radical and irrational nature of the regime, intent on its expansionist ideology, makes any honest and meaningful dialogue with the regime an utter waste of time. This shift of focus on human rights of U.S. policy even though considered very late, is considered a step in the right direction but ignores the elephant in the room.

During the last thirty two years, in so many occasions Iranians have raised their voices for freedom and against the tyranny and oppression imposed by the totalitarian regime of mullahs but every single time they have been cracked down brutally by the Basij thugs of the regime. Thousands of our brave young men and women fought against political incarceration, torture, rape, and for all their basic freedom and human rights and so many have sacrificed their lives in their struggle for freedom and democracy.  In the history of mankind there have been few societies such as Iranians who has suffered so inhumanely and for so long in the hands of their invaders.

The 32-years criminal records of Islamic regime in Iran is well known to the world community, as you know this regime has been the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Its criminal record is well beyond just the human rights violations and the mass murder of Iranians inside the country, and includes: suicide bombers, support for terrorists across the region and the world, ties with al-Qaida, supplying IED’s to Iraqi insurgents to kill American soldiers  in Iraq and Afghanistan, threatening its neighboring countries and pursuing the nuclear weapons program, just to mention a few. 

We also strongly believe that the Islamic government leaders in Iran are intent on developing nuclear weapons. With a nuclear Iran as a major power in the volatile Middle East and with oil price at 100 dollars a barrel, the Islamic Republic will expand its presence around the world. In collaboration with allies such as Russia, China and Venezuela, Islamic Republic will flaunt its military power in the Persian Gulf to demonstrate its regional dominance and superiority in the Middle East, challenging Israel into a direct and inevitable confrontation. If mullahs are allowed to realize their nuclear aspirations, its pernicious and disastrous impact will be felt far beyond the Middle East.

Because of the theocratic Islamic regime in Iran, the people in this country and in the region have been exhausted and living in uproar and agony. That is why it is imperative for the international community once and for all to stop further flirting with this government and put an end to the life of this regime. If the resolution would indeed make it the policy of the United States to refrain the Iranian regime the ability to oppress the people of Iran, to fully support democratic activists inside Iran, and to help the Iranian people freely and safely access and share information, then it is crucial for the congress to implement the following reassurances, which are the concern of the entire Iranian society, into the context of the resolution of Human Rights & Democracy Promotion Act of 2011.

As the democracy advocates on earth, U.S. along with the Western Powers should:

  • 1)      hold the Islamic regime responsible for its violation of human rights inside the country and its terrorist acts across the globe,
  • 2)      declare the illegitimacy of the regime,
  • 3)      impose severe political & economic sanction on the government and all its leaders,
  • 4)      Impose oil embargo: for as long as this regime is allowed to sell oil it will continue its oppressive policies and continue to remain as a threat to the world community
  • 5)      prevent the travel of every member of the regime through the aerial, land and water borders,
  • 6)      upon the fall of the regime, have the United Nation launch an international peer group supervision for a public referendum and establishing a provisional government, and
  • 7)      issue the arrest order of all the members of the government for the domestic and/or international trial.

In the meantime we the undersigned Iranians/Americans also respectfully request that the resolution be combined with other legislative initiatives, which not only encompass the striking sanctions by the U.S. government on companies that sell service or products that enable the Iranian regime to oppress its people but also to embrace the support for the Iranian dissidents with the necessary logistic to facilitate their communication inside the country thru the internet, computer hardware/software, and portable phones to evade government censors.

Dear Senators and Congressmen, United States of America has always been known and stood as the democracy advocate across the world, and because of that we the undersigned on behalf of millions of oppressed Iranians expect that the continuing resolution on the floor be tailored to address the demands of Iranian oppositions. This way the world community can avert a regional and potentially global catastrophe and at the same time establish a democratic system of government in the region.


The Undersigned (alphabetic order):
  1. Mansur Rastani, PhD, University Professor, USA
  2. Siavash Abghari, Professor of Finance
  3. Sheri Alvandin, Human Rights Activist and Publisher
  4. Debora M. Andress, Human Rights Activist
  5. Jeff Baird, CEO, Right Side Publications
  6. Cina Dabestani, Chairman of Constitutionalist Party of Iran, Washington DC Chapter
  7. Hassan Darashti
  8. Amir Ebrahimi, Supporter of Democracy and Secularism in Iran
  9. Jay Ewasiuk, Edmonton, AB
  10. Friborz Farhan
  11. Tarek Fatah, Founder, Muslim Canadian Congress
  12. Yasamine Gaeini, Khashm, Toronto Branch
  13. Morteza Gaeini, Khashm, Toronto Branch
  14. M. Jon Ghaffari, President, ESCS
  15. Firouzeh Ghaffarpour, Political Activist
  16. Roxana, Ganji, Human Rights Activist
  17. Dr. Gill Gillespie, Director, the Iran Information Project, UK
  18. Parviz Haddadizadeh “The New Iran” (TNI) Election commissioner
  19. H. Hakimi, Retired Ambassador
  20. Sayeh Hassan, Barrister & Solicitor, pro-democracy activist, Canada
  21. Dr. Arash Irandoost, Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran
  22. Parvin Irandoost, Human Rights Advocate
  23. Tony Kantering, Political Activist
  24. Parviz Koupai, Supporter of Democracy and Secularism in Iran
  25. Arezou Lotfi
  26. Caspian Makan, Filk Maker-Human Rights Activist
  27. Walton K. Martin III, Director, the Iran Information Project, USA
  28. Cyrus Marvsati
  29. Zohre Mizrahi, Attorney, Human Rights Advocate
  30. Masoud Nasseri
  31. Dr. Mansur Rastani, University Professor
  32. Cyrus Pakdel,Supporter of Democracy and Secularism in Iran
  33. Pari Saffari, Bidar TV
  34. Frank Salvato, Executive Director, BasicsProject.org
  35. Dr. A. Samadani, X-President, Global University
  36. Sohrab, Shabnameh
  37. Behnaz Shariari, Member Stop Child Execution and Human Rights Activist
  38. Saied Shemirani, Political Activist: United Persian Organization
  39. Shahla Shirinpour, PG&E, Administrative/Subdivision Team Lead Assistant”
  40. Mehdi Zolfaghari,
  41. Dr. Daniel M. Zuckerman, D.D., Chairman, American for Democracy in the Middle-East

From: Mansur Rastani 
Date: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 5:28 PM 
Subject: Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act of 2011 To: kirk@senate.gov, gillibrand@senate.gov, Robert.dold@mail.house.gov, Ted.deutch@mail.house.gov

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