Monday, October 31, 2005

 

EJI Condemns President Ahmadinejad's Statement

October 31, 2005

“Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth” Statement by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad- President of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a seminar in Tehran on October 26, 2005

The recent speech by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rightly caused an international outcry. All major world leaders including UN General Secretary, Mr. Kufi Annan and the Palestinian Authority, condemned his statement outright.

Unity for a Democratic and Secular Republic in Iran strongly and unequivocally condemns these abhorrent statements and finds them racist, and in clear violation of international and diplomatic norms as well as Iran’s national and security interests.

We fully recognize the right of the Israeli people to live in peace and security and support and encourage all efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian State side by side and in peaceful co-existence with the State of Israel.

The vast majority of Iranians do not espouse such sentiments and they have explicitly expressed their willingness for normalisation of Iran’s relations with the outside world. Iranian democratic dissidents lined up with mainstream public opinion, has been adamant that they do not wish their government to derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

We demand the government of the Islamic Republic to recant such repulsive and dangerous statements and the world public to accept nothing less.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

 

Muslim Canadian Congress: Iranian leader insults Islam

Oct. 29, 2005. 01:00 AM

By Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Star
http://tinyurl.com/9j6xf

Re: Iranian leader's racist rhetoric, Editorial, Oct. 28.

In demanding that Canadian Muslim leaders condemn the inflammatory remarks
made by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, you put an unfair burden on
us. However we recognize the spotlight in which the Muslim communities live.

On behalf of the Muslim Canadian Congress, we denounce Ahmadinejad's remarks
without reservation. Let me assure you that the MCC and many Muslims don't
consider the current dictatorial regime in Tehran to be a friend of the
Palestinian people.

The mullahs who control Iran with an iron grip merely use the pain of the
Palestinian occupation for their own advantage in diverting people's
attention from other pressing matters. They talk about wiping out Israel,
but in reality the only people they have wiped out are fellow Iranians by
the tens of thousands. After a reign of terror that killed thousands and
drove many more into exile, they have used torture, arbitrary arrest,
vigilante justice and murder to silence fellow Muslims in Iran.

Before President Ahmadinejad postures as the self-appointed guardian of the
world's Muslims, and feigns solidarity with Palestinians, he better answer
for the disappeared Muslims in Iran. He insults Islam by usurping it to
serve his own narrow political interests.

With friends like the Iranian ruling ayatollahs, the Palestinians do not
need enemies.

But let us also not get carried away and use his speech to make Iran into
another Iraq. While the Iranian mullahs posture about pan-Islamism and
display their racist, hateful view of the world, U.S. President George W.
Bush doesn't do any better. While Iran misuses Islam to oppress its people,
America abuses "democracy" to advance his agenda.

Next-door Iraq serves as a window of truth where both Iran and the U.S. have
helped destroy a nation.

With Bush and Blair on one side and the ayatollah-Osama bin Laden axis on
the other, Canada's Muslims are caught between the devil and deep sea. While
we unreservedly condemn the Iranian president, we cannot remain silent about
Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian territories.

We also condemn Bush for posturing as a deliverer of freedom while occupying
Iraq.
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Tarek Fatah, Communications Director, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

 

EJI congratulates Angela Merkel's victory

October 18, 2005

Honorable Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany,

We congratulate your election as the new chancellor of Germany, which is the result of national understanding and in the spirit of balance of power between political parties in Germany.

Unity for a Democratic and Secular Republic in Iran hopes that the Government of Germany will take all effective measures toward world peace and stability, reinforcing the role of the United Nations and support of democracy and human rights in Iran.

With respect,
International Relations Coordinator

Mehdi Amini

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Members of the Parliament in Sweden appeal on behalf of Ganji

October 13, 2005/Sweden

Honorable president Javier Solana of European Union council
Honorable president of the European Union, Human Rights commission

Subject: Announcement in support of Akbar Ganji and Arzhang Davodi (political prisoners) and Mustafa Jokar all being held in Islamic republic prisons.

From: Members of the Swedish parliament and the other organization of the liberal party (Folkpartiet Liberalerna)

Once again, we Members of Swedish Parliament have been informed about the health and condition of living of Mr. Akbar Ganji, leading journalist and Mr.Arjang Davodi (political prisoners) and Mr. Mustafa Jokar journalist, all being held in Islamic republic prisons, with the judiciary proceedings followed by Islamic vigilantes and their supreme leadership and his followers to prosecute and pressurize them with tailored allegations.

Mr. Akbar Ganji, was on hunger strike and from the hospital was send to prison and now is being kept in solitary confinement at Tehran's Evin jail, while he has back problem and asthma, also he is banned from seeing his wife and children.

Arjang Davodi, independent student's movement and political activist held in Bandar Abbas prison, convicted for fifteen years, he is under current mental and physical torture.

Mustafa Jokar, journalist and writer, is held in notorious Evin Prison for so long, and due to his critical heart problem, he needs immediate medical care, and we are very concerned that his health could further deteriorate.

We undersigned members of Swedish Parliament, and the other organization of the liberal Party (FolkPartiet Liberalna), are extremely concerned about the health and illegal imprisonment of these and all other political prisoners held in inhuman condition, in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We ask of you to put more pressure to the Islamic government, in order to make them reconsider their cases and order their immediate and unconditional release.

Looking forward to hearing from you Yours Faithfully

Axel Darvik, Member of the Swedish Parliament, representing the Liberal Party.

Ana.Maria Narti, Member of the Swedish parliament, Committee on Education and Inter-Parliamentary Group, representing the Liberal Party.

Folkpartiet liberalerna partikansliet Drottninggatan97 Box 6508 113 83 Stockholm tfn. 08-410 242 00 Fax 0

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

 

Heating up Nuclear Row Endangers National Security

Ettehad Jomhourikhahan-e Iran
International Relations Committee
international@jomhouri.com

Date: September 30, 2005

Adoption of the resolution put forth by three European countries, Britain, France and Germany, in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fulfilled the first step in referring Iran to United Nation’s Security Council on nuclear issues. Further steps in that direction will put our country in a more perilous situation. in the international arena. It will threaten our national interest and will dim the prospect of international relations.

In the adopted resolution, a date for referring Iran to United Nations Security Council has not been assigned yet. However, in the light of Iran’s current nuclear policy, the resolution attests to it.

Unity for a Democratic and Secular Republic in Iran (UDSRI) adopted the following resolution with respect to the predicaments mentioned and declares:

1. According to international conventions and protocols, acquiring nuclear technology is an un-alienated right of every nation. Decisions in that regard lies in the hands of the people and their legitimate government. Nevertheless, exercising the right to access this technology calls for a responsible government that respects international laws and submits to the will of its people. In our country the right to nuclear technology has been undermined by troublesome policies and actions adopted by the Islamic Republic both abroad and at home. Abuse of free elections and violation of human rights have contributed to an unsanctioned image of our government in the eyes of the world. So long as the Islamic Republic supports the slogans of “Death to United States”, “Death to Israel” and lately “Death to Britain”, and as long as it officially calls some countries as its enemies, the international community regards the nuclear ambitions of the government as a threat to the world security.

2. A shift in the government policy with respect to nuclear technology and loosened commitment to the negotiations and agreements with three European countries will isolate our country furthermore and put more burdens on our people. Despite the government’s claim, referral of Iran’s case to Security Council (SC) will subject our fate in their hand. The lives of the Iranian people will be impacted by dangers the least of which includes sanctions and by threatening national security.

3. The authorities of the Islamic Republic more than anyone else are using the nuclear weapons as a bargaining chip. Their rhetoric on the importance and urgency of uranium enrichment is baseless. There is no direct correlation between nuclear technology which today has employed a great number of workers and scientists and enrichment. Our nation like other countries can expand its nuclear technology without uranium enrichment.

4. UDSRI seeks every possible measure to avoid the transfer of Iran’s nuclear program activities to the Security Council. In our view, one way to do so is to stop all uranium enrichment activities and to return to the negotiating table with the 3 European countries. We believe in negotiations versus escalation of tension. To Cooperate with IAEA is neither against national right of acquiring nuclear technology nor the peaceful use of atomic energy.

5. We believe that the recent policies of the government of President Ahmadinejad are tampering with national security and the future of our country. We declare that the responsibility of any embargo against our nation and people and any harm to our country rests solely on the shoulders of those who seek to create crisis in our foreign policy and not normalizing Iran’s relationship with other nations.

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