08 July 2009

Iran Solidarity Declaration


In June 2009 millions of people came out on to the streets of Iran for freedom and an end to the Islamic regime. Whilst the June 12 election was a pretext for the protests - elections have never been free or fair in Iran – it has opened the space for people to come to the fore with their own slogans.

The world has been encouraged by the protestors’ bravery and humane demands and horrified by the all-out repression they have faced. It has seen a different image of Iran - one of a population that refuses to kneel even after 30 years of living under Islamic rule.

The dawn that this movement heralds for us across the world is a promising one – one that aims to bring Iran into the 21st century and break the back of the political Islamic movement internationally.

This is a movement that must be supported.


We, the undersigned, join Iran Solidarity to declare our unequivocal solidarity with the people of Iran. We hear their call for freedom and stand with them in opposition to the Islamic regime of Iran.

We demand:

1. The immediate release of all those imprisoned during the recent protests and all political prisoners

2. The arrest and public prosecution of those responsible for the current killings and atrocities and for those committed during the last 30 years

3. Proper medical attention to those wounded during the protests and ill-treated and tortured in prison. Information on the status of the dead, wounded and arrested to their families. The wounded and arrested must have access to their family members. Family members must be allowed to bury their loved ones where they choose.

4. A ban on torture

5. The abolition of the death penalty and stoning

6. Unconditional freedom of expression, thought, organisation, demonstration, and strike

7. Unconditional freedom of the press and media and an end to restrictions on

communications, including the internet, telephone, mobiles and satellite television programmes

8. An end to compulsory veiling and gender apartheid

9. The abolition of discriminatory laws against women and the establishment of complete equality between men and women

10. The complete separation of religion from the state, judiciary, education and religious freedom and atheism as a private matter.

Moreover, we call on all governments and international institutions to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran and break all diplomatic ties with it. We are opposed to military intervention and economic sanctions because of their adverse affects on people’s lives.

The people of Iran have spoken; we stand with them.

Click here if you wish to sign


Sean Jeating said...


Claude said...

Thank you, Jams. Signed.

Paul said...


thanks for keeping us informed. Signed

jams o donnell said...

Thanks for signing

Minnie said...

Signed, Jams - thank you.

Nevin said...

Signed! Thanks Jams.

Anonymous said...

Rubbish. The people came into the streets in support of Mousavi, who is one of the hardline founders of regime in Iran and not opposed to it.

jams o donnell said...

Phidelm, Nevin Thanks

Anonmous, the protest crystallised around the stolen election but they were not on the streets just for Mousavi but for the years of oppression, for a screwed economy and because they were angy.

James Higham said...

Jams, put this text up at Bloghounds and we'll ask members if we can sign it also as a group.

jams o donnell said...

Good idea James!

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Welshcakes!

Susan English Mason said...

I bet the day of Michael Jackson's death was the best day of Ahmadinejads life - It instantly took the world's focus off of his government's heinous acts of violence.