As the capital of Iran and with a population of over 8 million people, Tehran is where the Iranian regime operates from. Members of the Iranian government have long mistreated their own citizens by taking away their basic human rights and obstructing them from true justice. While the current U.S administration is no longer in contact with any Iranian agents, previous offices have attempted to intervene in Iran’s affairs, only to make matters worse. We believe that strong American-Iranian relations depend on the U.S. supporting an independent, democratic regime that promotes equality and justice for all.
Life in Tehran
While western media often portrays civilization in Iran as being dominated by religion and vastly different than our day-to-day lives, that’s not entirely true. Much like other capitals, Tehran is home to many large corporations, small businesses, government offices and residential apartments. Naturally, it’s a busy city that sees over 2 million traveler venture to it every day on business. Perhaps the biggest difference a westerner would notice between Tehran and, say, New York City, is the clothing. Women are required to wear hijabs starting at the age of 9. While many women don’t have a problem wearing their hijab, as they’ve never known anything else, the lack of choice when it comes to a women’s wardrobe is nevertheless concerning.
Change from Within
With Iranian-American relations being as poor as they are right now, we look to the people of Iran to change their current regime from within. A non-secular, democratic country can only work successfully if it is brought on by its own citizens. That is why OIAC is opposed to the current U.S administration and future administrations having contact with any and all regime officials in Tehran. As a former ally and current member of the United Nations, our utmost priority should be to avoid costly wars and appeasement policies with Iran while helping them promote equal human rights and freedom for all political prisoners.