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Let Iranians get needed medicines


Source: Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

Dear Friend of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,

A few weeks ago Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression launched a petition calling on banks to enable Iranians to get the medicines they need. Havaar's latest appeal for signatures is below; if you haven't yet signed, please take this opportunity to add your name.

In peace and solidarity,

Joanne                      Tom
Joanne Landy            Thomas Harrison
Co-Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

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Dearest Friends and Allies,

Happy Persian new year! We hope you're enjoying the start of a new season and expecting a wonderful year ahead of you.

As you may know, Havaar recently launched a campaign to oppose the sanctions that have had such a devastating effect on average Iranians. As a starting point, we are focusing on pressuring banks to enable financial transactions that will help Iranians to acquire life-saving medicines, some of which have been unavailable or unaffordable in recent months.

You may have already signed our petition targeted at several banks, and if so thank you! If you haven't, please take a moment to sign and help push us toward our goal of 5,000 signatories. Please help to spread the word about this campaign and petition via e-mail, FacebookTwitter, and other social media. Havaar will be providing updates in the weeks ahead over this e-mail list and at You can stay even more in touch by liking Havaar's Facebook page, which also helps us to spread the word about the campaign.

Here are what some who have signed are saying about this campaign and about the sanctions against Iran generally: 

Kathy Kelly (founding member of anti-Iraq sanctions group Voices in the Wilderness)Campaigners dedicated to ending economic sanctions against Iraq learned from Iraqi mothers and children about how lethally punitive economic sanctions could be.  The pediatrics wards of Iraqi hospitals were like death rows for infants.  Now, ordinary Iranians with minimal capacity to control their government are nevertheless being punished by economic sanctions which forbid them access to life saving medicines.  The Havaar campaign needs and deserves support from civil society around the world.

Azadeh Shahshahani (President of the National Lawyers Guild): The U.S.-imposed sanctions regime has inflicted great suffering upon the Iranian people.  As people of conscience, we have to speak out and act decisively to end the sanctions and to ensure that Iranians have adequate access to life saving medicine and other necessities.

Denis J. Halliday (UN Assistant Secretary-General 1994-98)Sanctions, "smart" or comprehensive, are a form of warfare and a blunt weapon of aggression on the most vulnerable citizens, including infants, children and the aged. When the Health Sector is endangered as in Iran today, loss of life results - demonstrating how sanctions constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Sanctions do not destroy governments, they destroy the basic human rights of human beings.

Among the many people who have already signed on are Anthony C. Alessandrini, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Silvia Federici, Arun  Gupta, Adam Hochschild, Zachary Lockman, David McReynolds, Molly Nolan, Vijay Prashad, Chris Toensing, Adaner Usmani, and Julia Wrigley.

In solidarity,

Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression

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