The Caravans for Peace and
Freedom in Iran will gather at the United Nations on September 24th to support
the Iranian people's demand for democracy and human rights and to protest the
presence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations.
Our compatriots in Iran are demanding freedom, democracy and human rights in a polity that reflects the will and guards the dignity of the Iranian people. They have paid the ultimate price for freedom and human rights. The loss of sons and daughters such as Neda, Sohrab, Taraneh, Parisa, Alireza and Kianoush in the recent protests is etched in every Iranian's heart. Their sacrifice will not be in vain. These great spirits' willingness to die rather than submit before fraud and force has reminded the world of the dignity and courage of the Iranian people.
Despite the grave breaches of human and civil rights, Iranians remain resolute in their commitment to freedom and human rights. As with the peaceful mass demonstrations on 25th Khordad 1388 (15th June 2009) when millions throughout Iran protested against election fraud, we will continue to find creative and nonviolent ways to organize and protest to defend the dignity of the Iranian people.
Whether in gatherings of millions or hundreds, those of us who seek democracy and justice will continue to welcome and respect the views of fellow Iranians. We have every confidence that, no matter what the diversity of views, Iranians everywhere will remain united by their common dream for democracy, freedom and human rights for all.
Inspired by the struggle, courage and determination of our compatriots inside Iran , Iranians around the world are united in our commitment to honor and heed the uprising of our brothers and sisters inside Iran . We see the promise of a new day dawning in Iran.
Having endured years of exile
and separation from our motherland for rejecting and resisting tyranny and
corruption of the Islamic Republic, we draw upon our national and global
consciousness to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people in their
nonviolent pursuit of freedom and human rights.
We, the signatories of this statement, declare our solidarity and support for the Iranian people in their struggle for democracy and human rights and voice our opposition to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's expected presence at the United Nations annual gathering. To this end, our caravans will gather in New York City on September 24th to witness and affirm our solidarity with our fellow compatriots before the world body. In as much as human rights are a matter of global necessity, we ask all world citizens who believe in and seek freedom for themselves and others to join us in our just cause. Together we will demand the immediate release of all political prisoners and call on the United Nations to establish a special rapporteur to investigate widespread human rights abuses in Iran.
In keeping with the spirit of democracy and global consciousness, we hope that Iranians and non-Iranians from around the world will lend this gathering their support.
In the hope of meeting each other in the colorful caravans of peace and freedom for Iran gathering in New York City.
To include your name as a signatory, please contact one of the signatories or write to one of the E-mails listed below:
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