Iranian-American Scholars Pressure Obama on Human Rights


More than one hundred Iranian-American scholars and professionals across the United States have expressed serious concern to President Obama over the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran. The letter, sent on the eve of the Iranian regime’s president Hassan Rouhani’s arrival in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, cites the “unprecedented spike” in hangings in Iran and the crackdown on dissidents, women and youths as well as religious and ethnic minorities as evidence of the true nature of Rouhani and his  administration.

During Rouhani’s two-year tenure, more than 2,000 people have been put to death in Iran. The letter expresses serious concern over the execution of prisoners of conscience, including those executed for their support of Iran’s main opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq  (MEK).

The signatories called attention to the fact that the regime in Tehran is not representative of the Iranian people, and should not be accepted as a partner for peace in light of its dismal human rights record and destabilizing role in the region. The letter concluded by urging President Obama to make human rights in Iran a priority, and concluded; “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 a far more reliable partner than any and all factions currently ruling  Iran.”

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