Skip to comments.Iran Open Letter 2 ( NY Times ad - Elie Wiesel Foundation)
Posted on 02/12/2010 7:15:57 AM PST by nuconvert
As published in The New York Times on February 7, 2010 and The International Herald Tribune on February 9th, 2010:
DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRESIDENT SARKOZY, PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV, PRIME MINISTER BROWN AND C HANCELLOR MERKEL,
HOW LONG CAN WE STAND IDLY BY AND WATCH THE
SCANDAL IN IRAN UNFOLD?
We the undersigned urgently appeal to you and the other leaders of the world, to use your prestige and power to put an end to this outrage.
The situation in Iran is not improving; in fact, it is worsening every day. The cruel and oppressive regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad, whose irresponsible and senseless nuclear ambitions threaten the entire world, continues to wage a shameless war against its own people.
Human rights violations have now attained new levels of horror. Thousands of the regimes political adversaries are being arrested, imprisoned, tortured, raped, and killed, many by hanging. Seyed Ali Mousavi, nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, has been assassinated. Former Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yazdi is among the detained. Human rights activist Emad Baghi and so many other dissidents are behind bars. The Basij militia and police continue to fire indiscriminately on unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. According to the press, riot tanks have appeared in the capital.
And yet, overcoming fear and ignoring threats, tens of thousands of freedom-loving men and women, many of them young students, are marching in the streets shouting their faith in democracy and liberty. They must know that we are on their side.
IN THE NAME OF CONSCIENCE AND HONOR, WE APPEAL TO THE LEADERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP THESE COURAGEOUS FIGHTERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES STANDING UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENTS IMMORAL, INHUMAN AND ILLEGAL OFFICIAL POLICY.
More forceful and unequivocal condemnations of Tehrans repulsive practices must be heard from Washington and Paris, Moscow, London and Berlin, the Security Council and important NGOs. Harsher sanctions must be imposed. And yes, concrete measures must be taken to protect this new nation of dissidents, so that their sacrifice is not and will not be in vain.
All of us who care must offer our full support and solidarity to the brave people of Iran.
They deserve nothing less.
(please see link for list of 40+ Nobel Laureate signatories)
“IN THE NAME OF CONSCIENCE AND HONOR, WE APPEAL TO THE LEADERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP THESE COURAGEOUS FIGHTERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES STANDING UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENTS IMMORAL, INHUMAN AND ILLEGAL OFFICIAL POLICY.”
Sorry to say, this will fall on deaf ears.
He can't give what he does not possess.
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