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Friedens- statt Kriegspolitik | A Policy of Peace Instead of War

 

Please scroll down to see the Declaration in English and Persian.

Der Konflikt mit Iran spitzt sich gefährlich zu. Das vom Westen beschlossene Ölembargo und der Boykott der iranischen Zentralbank sind gefährliche Interventionen. Schon einmal verhängten Großbritannien und USA in den 1950er Jahren ein Ölembargo gegen Iran, das zum Sturz der demokratisch gewählten Regierung Mossadegh führte. Die heute eingeleiteten Öl- und Finanzembargos treffen vor allem die Menschen im Iran. Obendrein liefern sie dem gegenwärtigen Regime die Rechtfertigung, sich mit Hinweis auf die historische Parallele als Opfer westlicher Aggression und als legitime Verteidiger und Beschützer der Unabhängigkeit des Iran, eines für alle Iraner vorrangigen politischen Ziels, darzustellen. Die militaristischen Strömungen in der Islamischen Republik fühlen sich so geradezu legitimiert, mit der Schließung der Straße von Hormuz im Persischen Golf zu drohen. Die Sanktionseskalation ist auf dem besten Wege, in einen Krieg einzumünden. Er würde nicht nur für die Menschen im Iran katastrophale Folgen haben, sondern auch die gesamte Region auf weitere Jahrzehnte destabilisieren.

Das iranische Volk will – alle Indizien sprechen dafür – weder einen Krieg noch iranische Atombomben. Es wehrt sich allerdings gegen jede militärische Bedrohung von außen. Israels Atomarsenal und die militärische Einkreisung Irans durch die USA, die inzwischen in nahezu allen seinen Nachbarländern Militärbasen errichtet haben, sind wichtige Ursachen für die Rüstungsanstrengungen Irans. Mit der Tolerierung von Israels Atomwaffenarsenal bei gleichzeitiger Bekämpfung des iranischen Atomprogramms tragen USA und EU die Hauptverantwortung dafür, dass kaum ein Oppositionspolitiker im Iran es wagt, die Atompolitik der Islamischen Republik in Frage zu stellen.

Auch in Deutschland und Europa fühlen wir uns mit der zunehmenden Gefahr eines Krieges konfrontiert, der schwerwiegende Folgen für Europa und die Welt haben würde. Wer das Ziel verfolgt, die Islamische Republik durch Intervention von außen zu beseitigen, wird realistische Lösungen für den Atomkonflikt ignorieren. Wir warnen deshalb davor, dass maßgebliche Kräfte in den USA und ihre exiliranischen Mitläufer den Atomkonflikt für einen Regime Change zu instrumentalisieren suchen. Die Behauptung, die Nuklearmacht Iran könne nur durch Krieg verhindert werden, ist irreführend. Wir lehnen sie daher entschieden ab.

Wir fordern den Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten, Barack Obama, auf:

Stoppen Sie die Embargos gegen iranisches Öl und die iranische Zentralbank. Verhindern Sie, dass der bevorstehende Präsidentschaftswahlkampf die US-Regierung und Israel in einen Krieg mit unvorhersehbaren Folgen stürzt. Bieten Sie Iran als Gegenleistung für das kontrollierte Beschränken des Nuklearprogramms entsprechend den Bestimmungen des Atomwaffensperrvertrages einen gegenseitigen Nichtangriffspakt, möglichst gemeinsam mit Israel, an.

Von der deutschen Bundeskanzlerin fordern wir:

Schließen Sie jede Beteiligung Deutschlands an einem Krieg gegen Iran öffentlich aus und stoppen Sie die riskante Sanktionseskalation. Unterstützen Sie möglichst zusammen mit anderen europäischen Regierungen die von der UNO beschlossene Konferenz für eine massenvernichtungswaffenfreie Zone im Mittleren und Nahen Osten, die 2012 beginnen soll und die bisher in der Öffentlichkeit ignoriert wird. Dabei verspricht dieses Vorhaben, das durch eine KSZE-ähnliche Konferenz ergänzt werden könnte, eine völlig neue Perspektive des Friedens und der Kooperation für die gesamte Region. Nur eine Politik, die alle Staaten der Region, Israel eingeschlossen, zur atomaren Abrüstung und Enthaltsamkeit verpflichtet, kann das gegenseitige Misstrauen beseitigen und den Feindbildern zwischen den Religionen, Völkern und Staaten sowie dem Wettrüsten und den Diktaturen den Boden entziehen.

Wir bitten die UNO, die geplante Konferenz möglichst bald einzuberufen, selbst wenn sie zunächst von Israel oder Iran boykottiert werden sollte. Auf Dauer wird sich niemand in der Region dieser Perspektive verschließen können, ohne seine Glaubwürdigkeit und Legitimation zu verlieren. Über den aktuellen Atomkonflikt hinaus wüchse mit einer ständigen Konferenz für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit im Mittleren und Nahen Osten (KSZMNO) die Hoffnung, dass ein neuer friedenspolitischer Rahmen zur Lösung anderer aktueller Konflikte, insbesondere des Nahostkonflikts, entstehen könnte.

 

Auf Einladung von Andreas Buro, Christoph Krämer und Mohssen Massarrat unterstützen diese Erklärung:

ErstunterzeichnerInnen: Dr. Franz Alt; Prof. Dr. Elmar Altvater; PD Dr. habil. Johannes M. Becker; Prof. Dr. Hanne-Margret Birckenbach; Reiner Braun; Prof. Dr. Andreas Buro; Daniela Dahn; Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr; Prof. Dr. Theodor Ebert; Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Iring Fetscher; Dr. Ute Finckh; Prof. Dr. Drs. hc. Johan Galtung; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gottstein; Prof. Dr. Peter Grottian; Prof. Dr. Frigga Haug; Evelyn Hecht-Galinski; Prof. Dr. Rudolf Hickel; Matthias Jochheim; Heiko Kauffmann; Prof. Dr. hc. Karlheinz Koppe; Christoph Krämer; Prof. Dr. Ekkehart Krippendorff; Felicia Langer; Prof. Dr. Mohssen Massarrat; Dr. Christine Morgenroth; Prof. Dr. Wolf Dieter Narr; Prof. Dr. Oskar Negt; Dr. Bahman Nirumand; Prof. Dr. Norman Paech; Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin; Bergrun Richter; Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler; Clemens Ronnefeldt; Prof. Dr. Werner Ruf; Dr. Christine Schweitzer; Prof. Dr. Eva Senghaas-Knobloch; Prof. Dr. Gert Sommer; Hans von Sponeck; Eckart Spoo; Prof. Dr. Udo Steinbach; Otmar Steinbicker; Dr. Reiner Steinweg; Mani Stenner; Dr. Peter Strutynski; Helga Tempel; Konrad Tempel; Prof. Dr. Rolf Verleger; Renate Wanie; Dr. Christian Wellmann; Prof. Dr. Herbert Wulf.

Regelmäßig aktualisierte Liste der UnterzeichnerInnen: ca. 90 Organisationen und knapp 2000 Einzelpersonen (Stand: 19.4.2012)

Wir bitten um Unterstützung dieser Erklärung und weitere Verbreitung. Insbesondere für eine Veröffentlichung in Zeitungsanzeigen, bitten wir um finanzielle Beteiligung durch eine Spende an das Sonderkonto der Kooperation für den Frieden:

Förderverein Frieden e.V., Konto-Nr. 404 1860 401 bei der GLS Bank (BLZ 430 609 67), IBAN: DE89430609674041860401 / BIC: GENODEM1GLS mit dem Stichwort “Iranerklärung”.

Rückmeldung zur Unterstützung bitte an: Kooperation für den Frieden, Römerstr. 88, 53111 Bonn per Post, Fax: 0228/692906 oder eMail: iranerklaerung@koop-frieden.de oder oder über das Online-Formular.

 

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A Policy of Peace Instead of War in the Iran Conflict

An Immediate End to Sanctions and Threats of War

A Declaration from the German Peace Movement and Peace Researchers

The conflict with Iran is dangerously escalating. Both the planned oil embargo and boycott of the Iranian Central Bank by the West are perilous interventions. Once in the past, in the 1950s, Britain and the United States imposed an oil embargo on Iran. This led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Mossadegh government. The impact of today’s oil and financial embargoes will primarily be felt by the ordinary people of Iran. And in light of the historical parallels, these measures will only serve to vindicate the current regime’s claim to be a victim of Western aggression and enable it to present itself as the legitimate defender of Iran’s independence, an uppermost political goal of all Iranians. Militarists in the Islamic Republic now even feel justified in threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. This escalation of sanctions is perfectly suited to lead to war. This would not only have catastrophic consequences for the people of Iran, but also destabilize the entire region for many decades to come.

All evidence suggests that the Iranian people have no desire either for war or an Iranian nuclear bomb. They refuse to accept, however, any foreign military threat. Israel’s nuclear arsenal and the military encirclement of Iran by the U.S. which at present maintains military bases in almost all of the countries neighbouring Iran, are important motives behind Iran’s armament efforts. By tolerating Israel’s nuclear arsenal while simultaneously opposing the Iranian nuclear programme, the U.S and the EU must bear the primary responsibility for the fact that hardly any opposition politician in Iran dares to question the nuclear policies of the Islamic Republic.

We in Germany and in Europe as a whole also feel confronted with the growing danger of war, as it would clearly pose serious consequences for Europe and the world. Those aiming to eliminate the Islamic Republic through foreign intervention simply ignore realistic solutions to resolving the nuclear conflict. We therefore warn influential forces in the U.S. and their exiled-Iranian followers against attempting to instrumentalize the nuclear conflict in order to push for regime change. The claim that a nuclear armed Iran can only be prevented through war is a deceptive one that we firmly reject.

We call upon the President of the United States, Barack Obama:

Stop the embargoes against Iranian oil and the Iranian Central Bank. Do not allow the American presidential campaign to plunge the U.S. administration and Israel into a war with unforeseeable consequences. In return to a controlled curtailment of its nuclear programme in accordance with the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, offer Iran a mutual non-aggression pact, preferably along with Israel.

We demand from the German Chancellor:

Rule out publically any German participation in a war against Iran and put a halt to the risky escalation of sanctions. Support, preferably with other European governments, the United Nations Middle East WMD-Free Zone Conference, which is scheduled to begin in 2012 and which has received next to no public attention. Yet, this undertaking, which could be complemented with a Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East (CSCME), would offer a whole new perspective for peace and cooperation for the entire region. Only a policy that requires all states in the region, including Israel, to pursue nuclear disarmament and the renunciation of nuclear weapons can overcome mutual distrust as well as enemy images between the region’s religions, peoples and states. The arms race and regional dictatorships would lose their raison d’être.

We ask the United Nations to convene the planned conference as soon as possible, even if it is initially boycotted by Israel or Iran. In the long run, no one in the region can afford to close its mind for the perspective offered by the conference without losing its credibility and legitimacy. A permanent Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East (CSCME) would raise hopes that a new framework for peace policies would arise to help solve – in addition to the current nuclear dispute – other existing problems, in particular, the Mideast conflict.

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At the invitation of Andreas Buro, Christoph Krämer, and Mohssen Massarrat, the following individuals as initial signers have expressed their support for this Declaration:

Franz Alt, Elmar Altvater, Johannes M. Becker, Hanne-Margret Birckenbach, Reiner Braun, Daniela Dahn, Hans-Peter Dürr, Theodor Ebert, Iring Fetscher, Ute Finkh, Johan Galtung, Ulrich Gottstein, Peter Grottian, Matthias Jochheim, Heiko Kauffmann, Karlheinz Koppe, Ekkehart Krippendorff, Wiltrud Roesch-Metzler, Christine Morgenroth, Wolf-Dieter Narr, Oskar Negt, Bahman Nirumand, Norman Paech, Bergrun Richter, Clemens Ronnefeldt, Werner Ruf, Christine Schweitzer, Eva Senghaas-Knobloch, Gert Sommer, Hans von Sponeck, Eckart Spoo, Otmar Steinbicker, Mani Stenner, Peter Strutynski, Helga Tempel, Konrad Tempel, Renate Wanie, Herbert Wulf and Christian Wellmann.

For a complete list of the signatories (as of 19 April 2012, about 90 organizations and almost 2000 individuals have signed), see http://www.friedenskooperative.de/themen/iranerkg.htm#marke02.

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The Declaration can be signed, and financially endorsed for further newspaper ads, here: http://www.friedenskooperative.de/cgi-bin/iran.pl

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Note: The text here is a translation from the German original. The declaration appeared as an ad in the weekly Der Freitag on 29 March 2012 and in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German national subscription daily newspaper, on 31 March 2012.

 

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Appeal: Stop the Violence in Syria – Prevent War!


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6 February 2012 | German Section of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

Appeal to the Syrian government and the armed opposition as well as to their international supporters

For weeks, there have been an increasing number of reports of escalating violence in Syria. According to the UN, thousands of people have already lost their lives. And according to the international media, various plans already exist and are still being forged for a military intervention by the West.

Yesterday at the Munich Security Conference, Tawakkul Karman, the Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize recipient, justifiably demanded that international measures be taken to protect people in Syria from the escalating violence. Her view of the situation overlooks, however, the fact that Russia and China do not by any means reject such measures. On the contrary, Russia has stated that it would support a UN resolution on Syria if it rules out any external military intervention and demands a halt to violence not only on the part of the Syrian government, but also from the opposition. In contrast to the picture painted by the Western media, the responsibility for yesterday’s failure of the resolution in the UN Security Council should in no way be placed solely with Russian and China, but also to a large extent with the West, which for weeks has consistently rejected a peace-oriented formulation of the resolution.

As members of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, we are deeply concerned about the large and growing number of victims of violence in Syria, including a great many individuals not directly involved in the conflict. Numerous physicians, as well others contributing to the care of the injured, are affected. We, as the German section of the IPPNW, also want to raise the alarm about an additional danger. A Western military intervention could set a process in motion that would involve other countries, such a Iran, and thereby lead to a conflagration in the whole region – and one which borders directly with Europe. If NATO becomes involved, this could even result in an open confrontation between the nuclear superpowers.

There is growing evidence that the domestic Syrian conflict, as well as the struggle for democracy and the rule of law, is being increasingly exploited and exacerbated by external players for their own political aims. Apparently, it is not only the Syrian government that has been supported with weapons, in this case provided by Russia, but Syrian rebels, too, have received both large sums of money from Western allied Gulf states as well as weapons from the Turkish NATO base in Incirlik. They have been supported by foreign mercenaries, including some from Libya. Many people in Syria and, in particular, peaceful opposition groups have complained that these developments have destroyed any prospects for peaceful change that have been advanced for years by the reform movement. The result is an ever-greater bloodbath between the parties in this civil war and an increasing number of civilian victims. Those who hold the view that it is legitimate to exacerbate the domestic conflict in Syria in order to bring about regime change in Damascus, make it easier to forment a war with Iran, or even to deprive Russia of its naval base on the Mediterranean, leave themselves open to the accusation that they are involved in the preparation of a war by proxy and thereby are guilty of a crime against humanity.

As members of the physicians’ peace organization IPPNW, we therefore appeal:

  • to NATO and, in particular, to the German government:
    Undertake measures to immediately halt the secret transfer of Western weapons to Syria! Clearly reject all plans for a Western military intervention in Syria! Embargos are also not a solution. Instead, attempt to bring about an agreement with all parties and especially reach out to Russia!
  • to the Russian government:
    Immediately introduce your own resolution proposal to the UN Security Council based on a thoroughgoing peaceful approach. This includes not only refraining from any further arming of the Syrian opposition, but also of the Syrian government. This requires increased efforts to initiate peaceful alternatives, such as international talks with all interested parties to the conflict!
  • to the Arab League:
    Resume your observer mission. And increase its prospects for success by appealing to all participant countries: Similar to the superpowers, please immediately halt all activities that foster violence in Syria and instead promote all possible approaches towards a peaceful solution!
  • to the Syrian government and opposition:
    Distance yourselves from unachievable maximum demands and accept negotiations. Only in this way can you prevent your country from sinking into the bloodbath of a proxy war fuelled by foreign interests! Stop the destruction of your country’s civilian infrastructure and stop all attacks on hospitals, doctors, and other medical personnel!

Physicians fight for peace.
Because war destroys life and health.
And war destroys human rights.
War does not create peace.

The German Section of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Nobel Peace Prize recipient for 1985

 

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6. Februar 2012 | Deutsche Sektion der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges (IPPNW)

Gewalt in Syrien stoppen – Krieg verhindern!

Appell an die syrische Regierung und die bewaffnete Opposition

Seit Wochen mehren sich die Berichte über eine Eskalation der Gewalt in Syrien. Laut UNO haben dort bereits mehrere tausend Menschen ihr Leben verloren. Und internationalen Medien zufolge werden immer mehr Pläne für eine westliche Militärintervention geschmiedet.

Gestern hat nun die jemenitische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Tawakkul Karman auf der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz zu Recht gefordert, internationale Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um die Menschen in Syrien vor der eskalierenden Gewalt zu schützen. Bei ihrer Sicht auf die Dinge übersieht sie aber, dass Russland und China solche Maßnahmen keineswegs ablehnen. Vielmehr hatte Russland erklärt, es würde der UN-Resolution zu Syrien zustimmen, wenn sie eine Militärintervention von außen ausschließe und nicht nur von der syrischen Regierung, sondern auch von der Opposition Gewaltverzicht fordere. Anders als in den hiesigen Medien dargestellt sind daher für das gestrige Scheitern der Resolution im Weltsicherheitsrat keineswegs nur Russland und China verantwortlich, sondern in hohem Maße der Westen, der seit Wochen einen konsequent friedensorientierten Resolutionswortlaut ablehnt.

Als Mitglieder der internationalen Ärzteorganisation IPPNW (ebenfalls Trägerin des Friedensnobelpreises) sind wir zutiefst besorgt über die immer größere Zahl von Opfern der Gewalt im Lande, darunter eine große Zahl von primär Unbeteiligten. Auch zahlreiche Ärztinnen und Ärzte sowie andere an der Versorgung der vielen Verletzten Beteiligten sind betroffen. Als deutsche Sektion der IPPNW warnen wir aber auch vor einer noch darüber hinaus gehenden Gefahr: Eine westliche Militärintervention kann eine Dynamik in Gang setzen, die weitere Länder wie den Iran erfasst, und schließlich zu einem Flächenbrand der gesamten Region führen – die mit Europa direkt benachbart ist. Wenn die NATO darin verwickelt ist, kann dies letztlich sogar in eine offene Konfrontation zwischen den atombewaffneten Großmächten münden.

Denn es mehren sich die Hinweise, dass die inner-syrischen Konflikte wie der Kampf um Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit zunehmend von externen Akteuren für eigene Machtinteressen benutzt und hierzu geschürt werden: Offenbar wird nicht nur die syrische Regierung von Russland mit Waffen unterstützt. Sondern die Aufständischen erhalten große Geldbeträge aus mit dem Westen verbündeten Golfstaaten und Waffen über die türkische NATO-Basis Incirlik. Sowie Unterstützung von Söldnern aus dem Ausland, etwa aus Libyen. Viele Menschen in Syrien und insbesondere friedliche Teile der Opposition beklagen, dass so die gewaltfreien Perspektiven der seit Jahren fortschreitenden Reformbewegung zerstört werden. Mit der Konsequenz eines immer größeren Blutbades zwischen den Bürgerkriegsparteien und immer mehr auch zivilen Opfern. Wer meint, es sei legitim, durch Schürung der inner-syrischen Konflikte einen pro-westlichen “Regime Change” in Damaskus herbeizuführen, um einen Krieg gegen den Iran leichter führbar zu machen und zugleich Russland seiner Marinebasis am Mittelmeer zu berauben, muss sich den Vorwurf der Vorbereitung eines Stellvertreterkrieges und damit eines Verbrechens gegen die Menschlichkeit gefallen lassen.

Als Mitglieder der ärztlichen Friedensorganisation IPPNW appellieren wir daher:

– an die NATO und insbesondere an die deutsche Bundesregierung:
Sorgen Sie umgehend für die Unterbindung des heimlichen Transfers westlicher Waffen nach Syrien! Erteilen Sie allen Plänen für eine westliche Militärintervention in Syrien eine klare Absage! Auch Embargos sind keine Lösung. Suchen Sie stattdessen die Verständigung mit allen Beteiligten und gehen Sie hierzu insbe-sondere auch auf Russland zu!

– an die russische Regierung:
Bringen Sie jetzt umgehend Ihrerseits einen Resolutionsentwurf in den Weltsicherheitsrat ein, der konsequent friedensorientiert ist. Dies schließt ein, nicht nur die weitere Bewaffnung der syrischen Opposition abzulehnen, sondern auch die der syrischen Regierung. Und erfordert verstärkte Anstrengungen für die Schaffung friedlicher Alternativen wie internationale Gespräche mit allen Konflikt- und Interessenparteien!

– an die Arabische Liga:
Nehmen Sie Ihre Beobachtermission wieder auf. Und stärken sie deren Erfolgsaussichten durch einen Appell an Ihre Mitgliedsländer: Ebenso wie die Großmächte mögen sie umgehend alle Aktivitäten unterbinden, die die Gewalt in Syrien schüren, und stattdessen alle denkbaren Ansätze für eine friedliche Lösung fördern!

– an die syrische Regierung und Opposition:
Rücken Sie von unerfüllbaren Maximalforderungen ab und akzeptieren Sie Verhandlungen. Verhindern Sie so, dass Ihr Land im Blutbad eines von äußeren Interessen angeheizten Stellvertreterkrieges versinkt! Beenden Sie die Zerstörung der zivilen Infrastruktur Ihres Landes und beenden Sie alle Angriffe auf Krankenhäuser, Ärzte und anderes medizinisches Personal!
Ärzte kämpfen für Frieden.
Denn Krieg zerstört Leben und Gesundheit.
Und Krieg zerstört Menschenrechte.
Krieg schafft keinen Frieden.
Deutsche Sektion der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges (IPPNW) Friedensnobelpreis 1985

The appeal is also available in Spanish and Persian.

 

The appeal can be signed here.

 

Statement: Scholars, Academicians, Journalists, and Activists Condemn Murder of Iranian Technical and Scientific Experts

 

On January 12, 2012, a bomb ripped apart a car in Tehran, killing Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and his driver, and injuring several others. In the past two years, four other Iranian scientists have been killed in a similar manner. By now, it is clear that this is a systematic campaign with political intentions. Media reports and political pundits attribute Mr. Ahmadi’s killing to targeted assassinations by those opposed to Iran’s nuclear program, both within and outside Iran, or internal factional fighting.

If public reports are true that these assassinations are orchestrated by foreign powers in order to prevent Iran’s ability to go forward with its nuclear capabilities, then we petition those powers to stop these assassinations – a tactic replacing political engagement with covert operations at the expense of innocent civilians. These assassinations provide the Iranian authorities with ample excuse to continue to suppress voices of dissent, even on the Iranian nuclear issue, to arrest and imprison political opposition, and to further curtail the activities of human rights activists.

As academicians, writers, human rights activists, and intellectuals, we condemn these attacks on civilian scientists. Such terrorist actions can only escalate the internal tension and regional conflicts toward a military clash or war. Regardless of where we stand on Iran’s nuclear program, we find these assassinations outrageous because they target technical or scientific elements of a society without due consideration for human rights, due process of international and national laws, and lives of innocent individuals caught in the crossfire.

These types of killings have to stop, not only because they harm a nation’s scientific community and its civilians, but also because they build a deep psychological scar on the nation’s public mind prompting it to ask for revenge in kind. We hope we are living in a better world than that. Killing innocent or even allegedly guilty people without consideration for their human rights and due process, by any force or government anywhere and anytime, is an outrageous act to be protested by all. If covert targeted assassinations of opponents become the order of the day, no one will be safe in this world.

 

01. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS, University of London
02. Masih Alinejad, Journalist
03. Asieh Amini, Journalist and Human Rights Activist
04. Fariba Amini, Independent Journalist and Writer
05. Hooshang Amirahmadi, Professor, Rutgers University
06. Richard P. Appelbaum, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara
07. Rahim Bajoghli, Human Rights Activist
08. Darioush Bayandor, historian, author
09. Asef Bayat, Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
10. Iris Bazing, MD, Baltimore, Maryland
11. Maria Bennett, Poet, New Jersey, USA
12. Mohammad Borghei, Strayer University.
13. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor, Syracuse University
14. Juan Cole, Professor, University of Michigan
15. Shirindokht Daghighian, Independent Scholar & Author
16. Mehrdad Darvishpour, Lecturer at the Malardalen University, Sweden
17. Lucia F. Dunn, Professor of Economics, Ohio State University
18. Goudarz Eghtedari, Ph.D., Voices of the Middle East
19. Mohammad Eghtedari, Economist, Washington, DC
20. Nader Entessar, Professor of Political Science, University of South Alabama
21. Amir Fassihi, Nowruz Foundation for Nonviolence, CA
22. John Foran, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
23. Ali Fathollah-Nejad, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
24. Yoshie Furuhashi, Editor, MRZine
25. Alexandra Gallin-Parisi, Professor, Trinity University
26. Amir Hossein Ganjbakhsh, Senior Investigator, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
27. Reza Goharzad, Journalist, Los Angeles
28. John L Graham, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine
29. Hossein Hamedani, Professor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
30. Nader Hashemi, Professor, University of Denver
31. Esmail Hejazifar, Professor of Physics, Wilmington College, Ohio
32. Paula Hertel, Professor of Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
33. Mohsen Heydareian, Ph. D, Political Science, Sweden
34. Fredun Hojabri, Retired Professor of Sharif (Aryamehr) Univeristy of Technology
35. Angie Hougas, Human Rights Activists, McFarland, WI
36. Noushin Izadifar Hart, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Reston, Virginia
37. Azadeh Jahanbegloo, Sociologist, Wright State University, Ohio
38. Jahanshah Javid, Editor, Iranian.com
39. Hasan Javadi, Retired Professor of Persian Language, University of California, Berkeley
40. Mark C. Johnson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, NY
41. Yahya Kamalipour, Chair, Global Communication Association, Purdue University
42. Aziz Karamloo, MD, Faculty Member, University of California, Los Angeles
43. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Professor of Theatre and Film, Siena College, NY
44. Liam Kennedy, Community Board Member,CCPB, UC, Irvine
45. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor, Washington University, St. Louis
46. Nanette Le Coat, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity University
47. Arturo Madrid, Professor, Trinity University
48. Ali Akbar Mahdi, Professor Emeritus, Ohio Wesleyan University
49. Azita Mashayekhi, Industrial Hygienist, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
50. Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern history, University of Delaware
51. Farzaneh Milani, Professor, University of Virginia
52. Yaser Mirdamadi, Independent Scholar
53. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, CMEIL, School of Oriental and African Studies
54. Ida Mirzaie, Ohio State University
55. Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University
56. Mahmood Monshipouri, Professor, San Francisco State University
57. Akbar Montaser, Professor, Department of Chemistry ,George Washington University
58. Reza Mousoli, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
59. Baquer Namazi, Retired UNICEF Country Representative & Civil Society Activist
60. Arash Naraghi, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Moravian College
61. Mohamad Navab, University of California, Los Angeles
62. Farrokh Negahdar, Political Analyst
63. Mohammad-Reza Nikfar, Independent Scholar and Philosopher
64. Azam Niroomand-Rad, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Medical Center
65. Farhad Nomani, Professor of Economics, American University of Paris
66. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology
67. Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council, Washington, DC
68. Richard T. Peterson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University
69. Davood Rahni, Professor of Chemistry, Pace University, New York
70. Farhang Rajaee, Professor, Carleton University
71. Asghar rastegar, MD, Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicinek
72. Thomas M. Ricks, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
73. Mahmoud Sadri, Professor of Sociology, Texas Woman’s University
74. Muhammad Sahimi, Professor, University of Southern California in Los Angeles
75. Hamid Salek, D.D.S. University of Southern California , Los Angeles
76. Reza Sarhangi, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Towson University
77. Mehrdad F. Samadzadeh, University of Toronto
78. Gabriel Sebastian, Author, Futurist
79. Ali Shakeri, Community Board Member, CCPB, UC, Irvine
80. Evan Siegel, Ph.D., Independent Researcher on Iran & Azerbaijan, Adj. Mathematics Prof., CUNY
81. Arman Shirazi, Senior Scientist, CSM North America
82. Sussan Siavoshi, Professor, Trinity University
83. Mark D. Stansbery, Iran Action Network
84. Sussan Tahmasebi, Women’s Rights Activist
85. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Univeristy of Toronto
86. Bahram Tavakolian, Willamette University
87. Farideh Tehrani, Ph.D., Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, Rutgers University, NJ
88. Mary Ann Tetreault, Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Trinity University
89. Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, California State University, Northridge
90. Patricia Trutty-Coohill, Professor of Art History, Siena College, NY
91. Farzin Vahdat, Research Associate at Vassar College
92. Bill Wolak, Poet, New Jersey, USA
93. Leila Zand, Program Director, Middle East Civilian Diplomacy, Fellowship of Reconciliation
94. Hamid Zangeneh, Professor, Widener University

 

SOURCE

The original English version [pdf]:

Translations in Persian:

  • Akhbare Rooz (Iranian Political Bulletin), 16 January 2012;
  • iran-emrooz.net, 16 January 2012;
  • Shahrgon (“the first and the largest publication for Persian speaking in western Canada”), 16 January 2012.

Translation in French:

 

Statement by a Group of Iranian Anti-War Activists about Iran’s Presidential Elections

We are a group of Iranian academic and antiwar activists in Europe and the United States who, in the past few years, have consistently defended Iran’s national interests in all areas including its right to develop peaceful nuclear technology. Our varied activities in the face of anti-Iran propaganda by the neoconservatives in the West have included organizing press conferences, taking part in radio and TV debates, creating antiwar websites, publishing bulletins and newsletters, writing opinion pieces and letters to editors, attending national and international antiwar conferences and  petitioning and lobbying western politicians and parliamentarians.

We have campaigned against the policies of the United States and its Western allies which have unjustifiably targeted Iran – including sending Iran’s nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council, issuing UNSC resolutions against Iran, secret and public efforts to provoke strife in Iran and destabilize the country, and threats by the United States and Israel for military intervention and bombing of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

As we approach Iran’s presidential elections, we are duty bound to share the lessons of our antiwar activities and highlight what national policies can defend Iran’s interests effectively in the international arena without isolating it or enduring U.N. sanctions.

In order to safeguard Iran’s national rights successfully, we think Iran’s president elect must give priority to the following policies in his programs and plans:

(1) Questioning the Holocaust, which has greatly aided the hawks in the West, must be discarded and replaced with a constructive foreign policy devoid of any provocative rhetoric.

(2) Releasing all political prisoners, freedom of press, organizations and political parties, as well as peaceful meetings and gatherings. Recognizing the right of all citizens to run for election without any political vetting.

(3) Abolishing medieval punishments, such as stoning and cutting limbs, public executions, and execution of minors.

(4) Recognizing full and unconditional equality in all areas for women and ethnic minorities. Recognizing the full citizenship and civic rights of official and unofficial religious minorities.

Disregarding these tasks will seriously hinder the social and political development of the country, and will divide the Iranian people in their resistance against the unwarranted neo-colonial pressure and double standards of the Western powers. It will also provide powerful propaganda tools to hawks and their allies in mainstream media for isolating Iran and denying its fundamental rights in international organizations.

Taking steps to carry out these measures, on the other hand, will put our country on a fast track to progress, will unite Iranians of all walks of life, and disarm the neoconservatives in their aggressive propaganda against Iran.

Signed

Professor Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York

Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, School of Oriental and African Studies

Professor Haleh Afshar, University of York

Professor Mohammad Ala, Persian Gulf Task Force

Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University

Professor Abbas Edalat, Imperial College London

Ali Fathollah-Nejad, University of Muenster and School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Mehri Honarbin, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Farhang Jahanpour, University of Oxford

Mohammad Kamaali, Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran

Professor Mahmoud Karimi-Hakkak, Siena College, New York

Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Washington University in St Louis

Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, School of Oriental and African Studies

Professor Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh, Tarbiyat Modarres University

Professor Davood Nabi-Rahni, Pace University in New York

Professor Azam Niroomand-Rad, Georgetown University

Dr Ali Rastbeen, International Institute of Strategic Studies Paris

Dr Elaheh Rostami, School of Oriental and African Studies

Professor Nader Sadeghi, George Washington University Hospital

Shirin Saeidi, University of Cambridge

Professor Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California

Leila Zand, Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Bayâniyeh-e grouhi az faâliyan-e zedd-e jang dar khârej az keshvar dar bâreh-ye entekhâbât-e riâsat jomhouri, Etemad-e Melli & Andisheh-ye No, 08/06/2009.

Statement by a Group of Iranian Anti-War Activists about Iran’s Presidential Elections, 08/06/2009, also published as Statement of Academics, Tehran Bureau, 08/06 | In Defence of Iran, guardian.co.uk, 10/06 | Monthly Review Webzine, 10/06 | Global Research, 10/06 | ZNet, 15/06.

Tahran’ı ‘temize çıkarmak’ için dört basit yöntem, Radikal, 12/06/2009.

Erklärung einer Gruppe von Antikriegsaktivisten an den künftigen iranischen Präsidenten, ZNet Deutschland, 14/06/2009 | republished as Aufruf einer Gruppe von Antikriegsaktivisten an den künftigen iranischen Präsidenten, Sand im Getriebe (SiG), No. 74 (28/06/2009) | short version published as Fortschritt statt provokativer Rhetorik, junge Welt (Berlin), 13/06, p. 8.