MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: NewYorkRally@oiac.org
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2015
“Voices of Iran” Rally on September 28
U.S. dignitaries to join major gathering of Iranians in protest of
Hassan Rouhani appearance at UN General Assembly
New York, New York – As the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani attends the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, September 28, representatives of Iranian-American communities from across the U.S. will hold a major rally – “Voices of Iran” – to denounce the deteriorating state of human rights in Iran and the recent wave of executions during Rouhani’s tenure – more than 2,000 so far.
Several second-generation Iranians are expected to speak on the need to protect freedoms and establish democracy in Iran. Read some of the stories of the protestors here.
The rally follows recent reports of grave concerns about unprecedented violations of human rights under Rouhani’s watch from both the UN Secretary General and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.
A bi-partisan group of U.S. dignitaries and Members of Congress will also participate in the rally. They will warn that ignoring ongoing human rights violations in Iran as well as the growth of terrorism and meddling in the region will only embolden the regime and allow it to continue brutal crackdowns and escalating violence.
A partial list of speakers follows:
- Bill Richardson, former UN ambassador and Energy Secretary
- Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania;
- Allan Dershowitz, former Harvard Law School professor.
The rally will raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are calling for regime change, freedom, and democracy in Iran.
Follow the rally and the stories of protestors here and using #VoicesofIran.
Monday, September 28, 2015; 11:00 AM
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
Organization of Iranian-American Communities (www.OIAC.org)