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An open letter to public media on the violation of basic civil rights in Iran

Statement by The Iranian Scientists in West Japan



We, the professors, scientist communities, and researchers in Japan are writing to the people of Japan and the world, to express our deepest concern on the violence and illegal acts by the government of Islamic Republic of Iran against the universities and scientific communities in Iran.


Using the armed militia in the streets of the major cities of Iran, arrest and detention of human rights defenders and the threat on the safety of the world know Iranian scientists, including the Noble laureate are of deep concern to the Iranian scientists in Japan and the world.


We are bringing this situation in front of the eyes of the Japanese people, to enhance the solidarity between the people of the two nations. Using the armed militias in the streets, killings, attack on, and destruction of the university dormitories, arrest of hundreds of the students are serious crimes and violation against the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the World Basic Human Rights Declarations, which Iran is a signatory of, and obligated to obey.


These violent acts by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its leaders, make them responsible for and subject to future pursuit both in the domestic and international courts of justice.


We strongly condemn these acts of violence. We demand the release of the arrested and imprisoned people, compensation of the damage to the people, the victims and families of the people who lost their lives. The government of the Islamic Republic and their leaders are responsible for spreading the divide between the people. If the government who is responsible for protection of the people, cannot protect them, does deprive them of their basic rights even mourning for the victims, and spreads terror and violence in the society, the government is illegal and subject to civil-disobedience.


The world is watching closely and is worried about the safety of the people, men and women, people of different strata, different religions, different social backgrounds, who are bravely marching for freedom of speech, and basic human rights.


In accordance with the letters by world scientists including the noble laureates to the Secretary General of UN on July 6th, we express our grave concern and ask all the scientific communities in Japan and around the globe, to condemn any act of threats against the lawyers and human rights defenders, and Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr Shirin Ebadi.


We the Iranian Scientists in Japan strongly support the Iranian peoples right for peaceful and non-violence gathering, demonstrations and free expression of the ideas. We strongly condemn using of any force and illegal pressure on the women associations, labor unions, university professors, student unions, journalists, lawyers and human right defenders, and other Islamic religious leaders, other religious minorities who expressed their objections against the government.


We the Iranian Scientists in Japan strongly condemn using the military forces and militias by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Iranian people. We extend our sincere appreciation to all scientists, artists, writers, singers, journalists, worker unions, social parties, organizations around the globe, in Unites States, European Union, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, in their historical solidarity and support for the people of Iran. It is extremely important that the foreign governments consider the civil right movement of the Iranian nations as an internal matter and be constrained from exploiting the situation as a short-term political opportunity for political exploitation of the region.


We believe that this non-violence movement will bring a new era in the region, will be a significant contribution of the Iranian nations to the peace and stability in the region and discolor the image of the country as a politico-adventurist, mono-colored political system. The non-violence democratic movement of the Iranians is and will be for the stability and peace in the region and the world, which is an important reason for all the individual citizens of the world to join and support the movement at the international level.


The Iranian Scientists in West Japan

June 7th 2009


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