Today on Human Rights Day and on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the United Nations prepares
to launch a year-long programme of activities to celebrate the signing
of this historic document, every principle of this Declaration is being
trampled upon in our homeland.
It is ironic that while the moral and intellectual heritage of our
nation was one of the major inspirations behind the genesis of human
rights, Iranian citizens remain deprived and disinherited from their most
Today Amnesty International and other monitoring organizations put Iran
close to the top of their list of countries violating human rights.
For the past twenty-eight years, no segment of Iranian society has been
immune to abuses. Women, youth, workers, journalists, dissenting
clerics, farmers, academics, religious and ethnic minorities have all at one
time or another been target of flagrant violations.
The rulers of the Islamic Republic have done their utmost to distort
the noble image of our country and present our people as promoters of
terrorism, intolerance and hatred. They have sacrificed the individual
rights of Iranian citizens at the altar of a fanatical ideology and for
the preservation of their illegitimate hold on political power.
It is very clear to me that our nation will soon free itself from its
present nightmare and claim its true heritage as a stronghold of human
rights and defender of dignity and freedom. Giving my full support to
the United Nations activities in the promotion of human rights, I call
upon all my compatriots as well as the international community to stand
together and oppose all manner of human rights violations against
Iranian citizens perpetrated by the clerical dictatorship.
May God Bless Iran.