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Iran: People’s Struggle for Liberty, Democracy, Women’s Rights
The Iranian regime supports international terrorism and is committing gross human rights violations, evident by the violent crackdown of peaceful, anti-government demonstrations in 2009 and the suppression other peaceful acts of protest.
The resilience of the Iranian people in the face brutality, especially since the June 12, 2009 uprising, has inspired not only Iranians, but all in the global community who share their desire for “universal” values of freedom, justice, and democracy. The resistance of women, youth, and students in Iran and the people’s desire for change is rooted in over a century of struggle for democracy.
The ongoing protests across Iran and the escalating international sanctions foretell of a relatively rapid disintegration of the existing theocracy in Iran and the start of irreversible changes in favor of democratic solutions for Iran.
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The Iranian people have, for the past three decades, endured unspeakable torture, massacres, imprisonment, and economic disasters, all of which have been brought about by the ruling tyrannical regime. The world remembers how young Iranians rose in 2009 to demand regime change, but were brutally murdered or injured by the regime’s forces on the streets and in the prisons of Tehran and other cities. The clerical regime’s abysmal human rights record has been strongly denounced over 55 times by various United Nations bodies. Not a day goes by in Iran without someone being executed, tortured, murdered or imprisoned for political reasons. Iran under the mullahs is the number one per capita executioner of its own citizens and the foremost executor of children. It is also the world’s biggest prison of journalists, according to human rights bodies. Through their vast censorship campaign, the Iranian rulers try their utmost to keep genuine information from getting out of and into Iran.
But the tide of the mullahs’ destruction surpasses the boundaries of Iran. The regime’s nuclear program, albeit limited by the recent nuclear deal with world powers, and its growing terrorist threats have targeted people all over the world. Terrorist attacks from Azerbaijan to Thailand to India and African countries have been linked to the regime’s terrorist entities. Meanwhile, Iranian regime proxies have left a trail of blood and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, killing thousands of innocent civilians. The regime’s terrorism tentacles have even reached the shores of the United States, with their agents planning to assassinate foreign ambassadors and to explode bombs in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Some 3,400 brave Iranians, who used to reside in Camp Liberty in Iraq until their resettlement in Europe, including 2,200 residents whom Albania welcomed in September 2016, were subjected to numerous attacks and endured three brutal massacres by the regime and its Iraqi proxies, during which over 141 died and more than 1,400 were injured. These residents, 1,000 of them women, and a third of them former political prisoners, are an inspiration to Iranian youth and women seeking democratic change in Iran.
These courageous activists and the oppressed nation of Iran need to be heard. Information about them should not be dictated by a tyrannical system seeking to subjugate them for eternity. To this end, seminars, conferences and workshops will be organized and a wide range of publications will be utilized to get the message out.
Most tellingly, the Iranian regime shows profound animosity and trepidation towards the opposition satellite TV channel, Iranian National Television or “Simay-e Azadi” (www.iranntv.com). INTV broadcasts the message of hope and freedom for the Iranian people and presents the Iranian people with accurate and extensive information not only about the regime’s misdeeds, but also about the support people in other parts of the world have voiced for the Iranian people. INTV regularly reports on the extensive publications and international conferences that educate about democracy and let the Iranian people know that they are not alone in their struggle for democracy. They present the image of an alternative Iran, which is free, economically prosperous, at peace with its neighbors and non-nuclear. Many prominent lawmakers, human rights activists, religious leaders, and internationally known political and cultural personalities speak at these events held around the world.
This explains why the regime has considerably expanded its efforts to jam the signals of the popular satellite TV channel to prevent it from being watched in Iranian living rooms. In this light, it is critical that all of us join hands and do whatever necessary to keep the free flow of information in and out of Iran by enabling and assisting what has now emerged as the most objective and impartial source of news and information about Iran.
Please help to:
- Purchase satellite time to educate the public about Iran’s threats
- Enable Iranians to inform the free world of their will for a democratic change in Iran
- Provide the Iranian youth with the tools to disseminate news about the dictators in Iran
- Organize symposiums, briefings and conventions to give voice to Iranian dissidents
- Support for Simay-e Azadi Satellite Television network
…I remember when I was about 7 years old, we watched INTV in Iran, in Tehran. INTV was at that time only 2 hours, from 21:00 to 23:00 in the evening. Me, my brother and my parents tried every day to finish our work before that time so that we could watch the programs. Of course we covered our satellite dish, otherwise the Iranian regime could find out and my parents could be arrested. We loved INTV because the Mullahs had made Iran into a big prison. When you find any hope out of this prison, it is everything for you and the INTV which is the vision of freedom and the Iranian resistance and the hope of people of Iran is playing that role….
— Siavosh Rajizadeh, law student and a human rights activist in the Netherlands