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06/11/10

Rahnavard Issues Statement: The bare minimum demands by Iran'a Green Movement

Source: Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook

According to Jaras, on the eve of the 22nd of Khordad (June 12th), Zahra Rahnavard issued a statement commemorating the Green movement. In this statement Ms. Rahnavard described the bare minimum demands of the people and political activists in Iran. She also once again demanded the unconditional release of political prisoners and an apology to Hassan Khomeini (grandson of late Ayatollah Khomeini) over the unacceptable and disrespectful manner in which he was treated at the last Friday Prayers.

The complete content of her statement is as follows:

In the name of God,

According to Jaras, on the eve of the 22nd of Khordad (June 12th), Zahra Rahnavard issued a statement commemorating the Green movement. In this statement Ms. Rahnavard described the bare minimum demands of the people and political activists in Iran. She also once again demanded the unconditional release of political prisoners and an apology to Hassan Khomeini (grandson of late Ayatollah Khomeini) over the unacceptable and disrespectful manner in which he was treated at the last Friday Prayers. 

The complete content of her statement is as follows:

In the name of God,

The 22nd of Khordad (June 12th) is an epic day; a day in which the brave nation of Iran sought to establish modern elections, appearing by the millions at the ballot boxes in order to demand fundamental change. They demanded that the ruling government become more humane and return to Islam. They demanded the right to ethnic and cultural diversity. They demanded that the country be run more effectively. The millions who came to the streets demanded the following:

- Respect for humanity and the right to exist, rather than humiliation, deception, suspicion & cynicism.

- Respect for freedom; freedom of speech, freedom of expression & freedom of thoughts, rather than suffocation, closure of newspapers and singling out the media.

- Respect for free and fair elections, rather than rigged and engineered election results.

- Respect for individual freedoms; respect for ethnic, and language based minorities and respect for cultural diversity and varying points of view.

- Release of political prisoners and university students rather than expulsions from universities, bans from completing studies and firings from jobs.

- Respect for women; for their dignity; for equal rights and against any form of discrimination as a means to resolve the challenges that face humans of all ages and generation, rather than humiliation, discrimination, and polygamy in a modern world and according to laws that are miles away from the teachings of our dear Islam. 

But alas, the desires of the Iranian nation for change were crushed through the secret engineering and manipulation of the people's votes; the first act of an electoral fraud that later became known as the electoral coup d'├ętat.

The day after the 22nd of Khordad, the people of Iran began to honestly and earnestly demand "Where are our votes?"; a question that was responded to with unprecedented violence, bullets, imprisonment, and death and martyrdom; behavior that no sovereign power should ever allow itself towards its people, unless it claims that it is proud of its own dictatorship. 

The glorious nation of Iran offered flowers in silence on the 25th and 30th of Khordad; flowers that were met with bullets. The nation of Iran, handed out flowers in the memory of the great Islamic Revolution when they said "We offered you flowers and in return you shot us". The great Nation of Iran once again demanded their honorable rights. The ruling government however, took a knot that could have been easily opened with the tip of a finger and chose instead to respond with guns, bullets, and imprisonment. What started as a small number of requests became a mountain of demands. Today we are witnesses to the increase in the strength and resolve of the Green movement within the context of a historic and contemporary Iran.

On the eve of the anniversary of the events of the 22nd of Khordad, patience and resilience have taken the place of the change that was demanded by the people of Iran; this in a back drop of crisis that has deprived us of unity and undermined our national security.

However, we still have time. The Green movement is a movement that arose from a need for change. It does not seek to judge, but rather to fight for reform and the rights of the public. As such, the ruling government can still choose to at minimum, respond positively to the demands of the people and in doing so calm the current situation and sooth the hearts of mothers, children and families that are in pain. The bare minimum demands of our nation that have been announced repeatedly by political activists and a variety of parties, groups and organizations are as follows:

1) Unconditional release of political prisoners

2) Freedom of press & freedom of speech, expression and thought

3) The ability to hold free and fair elections

4) Immediate action to resolve discriminatory laws and guardianship regarding women

5) Realistic position, acceptable by the nation, towards international sanctions that have been caused by the unacceptable and incorrect behavior of the ruling government both nationally and internationally. 

6) Respect for minorities and the creation of opportunities for cultural development in the area of ethnic and linguistic minorities as a means to flourish confidence and national unity. 

7) An apology and offer of reconciliation to Imam Khomeini's family and Mr Seyed Hassan Khomeini , a war veteran and renown scholar in religious seminaries and also punishing those who were insolent. 

Peace to all followers who sacrifice.

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