By Fariba Amini
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
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