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Iranian academics abroad petition UN chief to send a new Envoy for Human rights to Iran


His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary General of United Nations

3 United Nations Plaza,

New York NY, 10017, USA

Fax: 1-212 963-7055


18 June, 2009


Dear Mr. Secretary General


We the undersigned, Iranian academics from different universities around the world, express our deepest concerns about the situation in Iran. The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to respect the outcome of an electoral process which had already been restricted to four trusted candidates. In reaction to the peaceful protests by citizens and voters who felt cheated, the government resorted to outright violence, further suppression of rights and restriction of all media coverage. University dormitories have been attacked and students and faculty savagely beaten and detained. Most tragically, several students have already been killed.


We commend the remarkable and resilient actions of the grassroots organizations of Iranian civil society led by courageous women, students, teachers and workers, and support their demands for democracy, individual liberties, and political and religious freedoms.   


We condemn the acts of violence against Iranians who are peacefully and legitimately demanding basic rights, and would like to request that you appoint and send a new Envoy to Iran to investigate the outright violations of human rights by the Iranian government.




Signatories: (initial signatories so far)


Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA

Ali Rahnema, American University of Paris, France

Amir Hassanpour, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Asef Bayat, Professor, Leiden University, Netherlands

Azadeh Jahanbegloo, Wright State University, Ohio, USA 

Alireza Navabi, Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph, Canada

Bahram Tavakolian, Willamette University 

Behrooz Moazami, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Farhad Nomani, Professor, American University of Paris, France

Farrokh Guiahi, Associate Professor, Hofstra University, USA

Farrokh Zandi, Professor, York University, Canada

Fataneh Farahani, Stockholm University, Sweden

Fatemeh Moghadam, Professor , Hofstra University, USA

Haideh Moghissi, Professor, York University, Canada

Hamid Akbari, Northeastern University, Illinois, USA

Hamid Zangeneh, Professor, Widener University, USA

Hassan Shahpari, Villanova Univewrsity, USA 

Ida A. Mirzaie, the Ohio State University, USA

Janet Afary, History, Purdue University

Khatereh Sheibani, Instructor, University of Guelph, Canada

Kamran Talattof, Professor , University of Arizona, USA

Kaveh Ehsani, Asst Professor DePaul University

Kazem Alamdari, California State University, Los Angeles, USA

Mansoor Moaddel, Professor, Eastern Michigan University, USA

Mansoor Moaddel, Professor, Eastern Michigan University, USA,

Maziar Behrooz, San Francisco University, USA
Mehrdad Darvishpour, Stockholm University, Sweden
Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Associate
Professor, Syracuse University, USA, 
Minoo Deraye,
Assistant University, York University, Canada
Misagh Parsa, Professor, Dartmouth College, USA 
Mojtaba Mahdavi,
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, California State University, USA
Norma Moruzzi, Associate Professor University of Illinois in Chicago
Omid Payrow Shabani, Associate Professor, Guelph University, Canada 
Parvin Alizadeh, Senioe Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, UK
Peyman Vahabzadeh, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Canada
Ramin Jahanbegloo, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
Saeed Rahnema,
Professor, York University, Canada
Shahram Alijani,
American University of Paris, France
Shahrzad Mojab,
Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
Soheila Pashang,
Professor, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Sohrab Behdad,
Professor, Denison University, USA
More signatures to follow

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