September 24, 2015
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
We write to express our serious concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran.
Under the Iranian regime’s President, Hassan Rouhani, Iran has seen an unprecedented spike in the rate of unjustified executions. Amnesty International has described it as a “staggering” spree. Over 2,000 people have been put to death since Rouhani has taken office—a higher rate than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad— many on political grounds, including Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghai and Gholam reza Khosravi, who were hanged for supporting the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin–e Khalq (MEK)
The cruel and brazen suppression of women and youth continues unabated. This year, pro–regime gangs splashed acid on the faces of young women for their choice of clothing. None of the culprits have been prosecuted. To the contrary, new repressive laws against women are being introduced at the Parliament. Freedom of religion is also severely curtailed.
Outside Iran’s borders, over 100 unarmed Iranian dissidents, including women, have been killed and many more wounded at the behest of the Iranian regime in several attacks on camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq. Most of these dissidents were murdered during Rouhani’s tenure.
Rouhani has long been personally and directly involved in regime policies. In 1988, his current Justice Minister was on the three–member panel of death committee, which issued orders for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners upon a fatwa from then–Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini.
Rouhani has stepped up Tehran’s nefarious support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, sectarian violence in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen, all to the detriment of the Iranian people.
As Iranian professionals and academics, we join millions of our compatriots to say that this regime does not represent the people of Iran. It should not be accepted as a member of the peaceful community of nations while it continues to develop nuclear weapons, sponsors terrorism, and undertakes a systematic policy of human rights abuses at home and abroad. The Iranian people have long called for democratic change. We expect the United States to lead international efforts in recognizing their cry for human rights, liberty and dignity.
We urge you to make the human rights crisis in Iran a priority of your foreign policy. A secular, democratic and non–nuclear Iran is far more reliable partner than any and all factions currently ruling Iran.
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