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5/8/06

Enough is enough: On Ramin Jahanbegloo's incarceration

By Fariba Amini

 

On April 27, 2006, Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo was arrested at the airport in Tehran while leaving for New Dehli, India .  He is an accomplished scholar, a philosopher who left the comfort of the West, in order to serve his fellow Iranians. While I was in Iran this past summer I heard only good things about him. People were impressed by his intellect, his zest for philosophy which he studied at the Sorbonne and his passion to bring positive energy to his country and its people.   Now he is in Evin prison on fabricated charges all stemming from the IR inability to come up with real charges against the citizens of Iran, who are determined to make a difference.

 

Ramin Jahanbegloo in Toronto
Ramin Jahanbegloo

 

I have known Ramin for years; he has been an outspoken academic who believes and advocates non-violence as a tool against tyranny. He does not deserve to be incarcerated nor to be branded as a spy and a lackey of foreign hands!!   The Islamic Republic in its typical fashion, brands its critics for merely being productive citizens, who enlighten the youth and the Iranian intellectuals about life beyond the Islamic Republic.

 

As a human rights advocate, I am determined to bring the plight of our intellectuals into perspective during a time of uncertainties and undeniable human rights violations by the regime in Iran.  The President, Mr. Ahmadinejad cries his heart out for horrors inflicted on other people around the world while our own compatriots are verbally attacked everyday by the thugs of Keyhan and other newspapers, and arrested for simple acts of defiance or merely for expressing their views.   Enough is enough.

 

Ramin Jahanbegloo has done nothing wrong. He has dedicated his life and academic career in order to preserve what is left of our sanity and integrity. Therefore, all charges against him must be dropped. He must be freed so that he can join his wife and infant child.

 

We have lost too many committed writers and scholars in the struggle for free speech and civil rights in our nation. Among those were Mohmmad Mokhtari and M. J. Pouyandeh, intellectuals and members of the Iranian Writers’ association.  Mokhtari wrote poetry and articles and Pouyandeh’s only crime was to translate texts such as the UN declaration of Human rights into Farsi.  For that they lost their lives.  Iranians should let the IR know that we have had enough.  The harassment and arrest of our most precious resources, the children of Iran, and people like Ramin J. must be stopped at once.

 

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