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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Send support letter to Ban Ki-moon for Ashraf‏

January 23, 2010

Dear Friends and supporters of Ashraf,

Well, things are moving in the right direction with all the help Iranian people and their resistance is getting internationally. Of course, that does not mean we are there yet!

We need perseverance in this path to liberty, democracy and human rights. Therefore, in our first campaign in 2010, we are sending the following support letter to UN Secretary General Hon. Ban Ki-moon.

So please:

1. Sign the support letter yourself and send it to UN if you have not already, or write letters in your words to UNSG, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, … about the brutal siege on Ashraf and ask them to use their authority to end this inhumane blockade,

2. Have your friends, relatives and colleagues do the same

3. If you know any dignitaries ask them to sign in their official letterhead

Any of those that sign, can add their own words and shape the letter as they deem fit. We appreciate all supportive letters; they help the situation.

The letter and its introduction follow.

Thank you for your continued support of Ashraf residents and for the struggle of Iranian people for freedom against mullahs dictatorship. May God bless you.

Latest news I just heard on Iran: 400 university students have been arrested in just one city (Qazwin) during the last few weeks.

Best regards,

Akbar Azizi

Support-Ashraf Campaign Coordinator



Introduction & on Importance of Issue

The world is watching the heroism of Iranian people as they struggle for freedom and democracy from a fascist religious regime that has resorted to murder and savage suppression together with demagogic use of religion as instruments to keep its medieval rule on the Iranian people for over 30 years.

During these dark years, the Iranian people have suffered greatly; they have seen their rich culture trampled on and witnessed a sharp descent of humanitarian values. Those who chose to struggle for freedom against the religious dictatorship found themselves in dungeons facing torture and execution. Others, too afraid to raise their voices against tyranny, witnessed humanistic values slipping from their lives. Over 120,000 strugglers for freedom have sacrificed their lives to bring back freedom, peace and prosperity to Iran.

The world, especially the Middle East, has suffered from terrorism and fundamentalism of this regime. During the last few years, the threat of a brutal fundamentalist regime getting its hands on nuclear bomb has civilized governments greatly worried with negotiations leading nowhere.

Thanks to the sacrifices of the Iranian people and the Grace of The Lord, we are at last witnessing a much-awaited change in Iran. The Iranian people have courageously stood up against mullahs’ dictatorship with unceasing and escalating demonstrations that promise a regime change; hence, liberating themselves and the world from the treacheries of this regime. This gallant effort calls on all humanitarians around the globe to voice their support for the Iranian people and their just resistance to help bring about this essential transformation.

In this decisive moment of history, the dictatorship in Iran is targeting the heart of the resistance of the Iranian people, stationed in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, to save itself from demise. It is conspiring incessantly against 3,400 defenseless political dissidents residing in Camp Ashraf to destroy the source of hope and change in Iran in order to maintain its evil grip on 80 million oppressed Iranian people and to keep the world hostage to its terrorism and nuclear threat. This camp of 3,400 defenseless refugees has been under siege since January 2009.

To implement its plot, the mullahs are exerting immense pressure on the neighboring Iraqi government to eradicate Camp Ashraf and its residents. The attack on Camp Ashraf on July 28-29 of this year with 11 dead, 500 injured,1000 battered, and 36 residents abducted exemplifies the threats against this small defenseless community of political dissident refugees.

Thousands of parliamentarians in Europe and U.S., Amnesty International, International Human Rights League, World Organization Against Torture, Human Rights Watch, as well as prominent figures such as Archbishops of Canterbury and Prague, Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, bishops in Norway, and Nobel Laureates have expressed their support for Ashraf residents.

We are humbly requesting that you add your voice to theirs in defense of Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and protection for Ashraf residents. This humanitarian motion will not only save lives of Camp Ashraf’s 3,400 population - 1000 of whom women - but will assist the Iranian people in their endeavor for liberty, peace and prosperity.

International solidarity with the Iranian people shall transform our world to a better and safer place to live for humanity and shall spread friendship and humanistic values amongst nations rather than the wicked ideology of hatred and savagery that the theocratic regime in Iran promotes and foments.

Please sign and forward the following letter, addressed to UNSG the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, or write one in your own precious wording. The letter needs to be official so please use your official letterhead in this regard.

I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on this issue. I will also appreciate your comments that will help this valuable humanitarian cause.

Best Regards,

Akbar Azizi

Support-Ashraf Campaign Coordinator

(To have a picture of the threat to Ashraf you may see videos of July’s assault on Camp Ashraf at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23bfQ6AnrSM ; also, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKCmQe2jZOc

(Fox news TV); please be advised that some of the scenes are appalling and shocking!)



Letter to be sent to UNSG:

Hon. Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General

United Nations

sgcentral@un.org


Dear Secretary General,

I am deeply concerned about the oppression of the Iranian people by their government and the violation of their basic humanitarian rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; including “the right to life, liberty and security of person” (article 3) and the right not to “be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (article 5).

I am equally distressed by the perilous situation of 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf-Iraq whose lives are threatened by conspiracies of the Iranian regime attempting to annihilate the residents through the Iraqi government.

In 2004, Ashraf residents were recognized as "protected persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention by the US-led Multi-National Force in Iraq (MNF-I). The U.S. and Iraqi governments have an obligation to ensure that these residents are properly protected under international law and that their human rights are honored. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1883, adopted in August 2009, gives the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) a mandate and responsibility for the case of Ashraf.

Since the beginning of 2009, when responsibility of Ashraf residents’ protection was transferred to the Iraqi forces, the Iraqi government imposed severe restrictions on the residents, cutting off their communications with the outside world, and imposing a tyrannical siege on Ashraf in breach of international law and conventions. In a clear case of “War Crime” and “Crime against Humanity”, in July 2009, Iraqi forces launched deadly attacks on Ashraf residents that left 11 dead, 500 injured and 1000 battered. A further 36 residents were taken hostage. The Iraqi government was forced to release them only after 72 days of immense international pressure and hunger strikes.

Regretfully, the Iraqi government carries out these unlawful and brutal measures against Ashraf residents at the behest of the Iranian regime, while paying no attention to repeated objections by thousands of parliamentarians in Europe and U.S. as well as international and human rights organizations. The Iraqi government has shown that it has no intention to protect Camp Ashraf residents.


Dear Secretary General,

In the view of the above account, I urge you to use your authority and personally intervene to:

- condemn the oppressive measures of the Iranian regime against the Iranian people and compel it to observe Iranian people’s universal rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

- until Ashraf residents are transferred to a member State of the European Union or the United States, urge the Iraqi government to officially recognize the rights of Ashraf residents; especially recognition of European Parliament’s resolution of April 24, 2009 on Ashraf and call for an end to the inhumane siege placed against Ashraf since January 2009 that prevents essential daily life goods from reaching its residents;

- have UN peacekeeping forces undertake responsibility for protection of Ashraf residents because the government of Iraq, being under the influence of Iranian regime, has shown that it has neither the intention, nor the power or the competence to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf;

- until the stationing of UN peacekeeping forces, urge USF-I to guarantee protection of Ashraf residents from further attack, violence or forcible displacement inside Iraq.

Cc:

U.S. President Barack Obama

Fax: 1-202-456-2461 or president@whitehouse.gov

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

registry@ohchr.org

Mr. Akbar Azizi, Support-Ashraf Campaign Coordinator

aziziakbar84@gmail.com