International support is growing for the legitimate rights of the Iranian people.
Support of the legal and legitimate rights of the Iranian people for self-determination and sovereignty is growing as the new round of negotiations with Iran and the countries of 5+1 i.e. US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany is set for February 26th in Kazakhstan. A statement demanding the immediate lifting of sanctions and an end to war threats on Iran, which was drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran and initially endorsed by Ramsey Clark and the International Action Center, has gained the support of many known antiwar activists.
The text of the statement which also calls for recognition of the internationally recognized right of the Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as well as a partial list of the statement signers are included below.
Take a stand against U.S. war threats and sanctions. Please CLICK HERE to use the form below to add you name in support.
Hands off Iran!
There are two sides in this dispute, one composed of the U.S. and its allies in the European Union who accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons – without presenting even an iota of credible facts or supporting documents – and the other, Iran, which is striving to protect its right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes based on provisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Using an unfounded accusation as a pretext for acts of aggressions, one side of the dispute headed by the US empire is currently punishing the other side, Iran, with the genocidal sanctions, an inhuman act that has endangered the life of 10s of millions of innocent Iranian citizens for their “crime” of deciding to live independent and free from the yoke of hegemonic powers. The excuse for these aggressions is an allegation that has strongly been denied by Iranian officials and international organizations such as the Non-aligned Movement representing 120 countries. Furthermore, the charge against Iran on intending to develop nuclear weapons has even been refuted by the intelligence agencies of the U.S. government itself.
One side to this dispute has continuously shown its imperial arrogance through war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria and by fully backing the repeated Israeli mass killings of the Palestinian people, and the other, Iran, has not initiated any war against any nation since its people overthrow the US puppet regime of Shah back in 1979. That record matched with the current position of Iran on opposing wars elsewhere in the world indicates the fact that Iran wishes to live in peace with other nations.
Knowing the facts and the real stands of each party to this dispute, all those who love freedom and truth cannot remain silent or impartial in the “negotiations” between these two opposing camps?
In these negotiations one side is the oppressor and the other side is oppressed. One side is after domination, exploitation and plunder and the other side is looking to preserve its right to self-determination and sovereignty. One side represents the privileged interests of the big capitalist forces, which constitute less than 1% of the world’s population, and the other is struggling for peace, independence and justice, causes in common with the interests of the 99ers. For these reasons we side with Iran and we urge all activists in the international peace movement to join us in signing this statement and raising the demands:
- Lift immediately all sanctions and stop threats of war against Iran.
- Recognize the right of the Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
- Hands off Iran
Please CLICK HERE to use the form below to add you name in support.
The Hands off Iran statement above is supported by:
Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Executive Director SURVIVE Foundation, President of the 63rd Session of UN General Assembly;
Ramsey Clark, human rights attorney, former Attorney General of the United States;
George Galloway, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West, UK, author, journalist, broadcaster,
Cynthia McKinney, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Presidential candidate of Green Party,
Mike Gravel, former member of the U.S. Senate;
Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, organizer of Camp Casey, 2012 vice-presidential nominee of Peace and Freedom Party;
Teresa Gutierrez, coordinator of May1 Worker & Immigrant Rights Coalition, deputy secretary general of the International Migrant Alliance;
Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center (IAC); coordinator of StopWarOnIran.org Campaign
Sibel Edmonds, founder of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – NSWBC;
Art Olivier, former mayor of Bellflower, California, U.S.;
Dr. Franklin Lamb, Director of Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace, volunteer with Palestine Civil Rights Campaign;
Sofia M. Clark, International Campaign for Reinventing the United Nations – Survive Foundation – Managua;
Hamid Shahrabi, Co-director of SI Solidarity with Iran, Research Director of House of Latin America (HOLA)
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG), contributor at Strategic Cultural Foundation (SCF), Moscow;
Stephen Lendman, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG) and Host on the Progressive Radio Network;
Michael Parenti, author, lecturer, advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network and Education Without Borders;
Phil Wilayto, author and a co-founder of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality;
Brenda Stokely, co-founder of the Million Worker March Movement, former Pres. of DC 1707 AFSCME – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees;
Amir Tafreshi, Director of House of Latin America (HOLA);
Ardeshir Ommani, President of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);
Eleanor Ommani, antiwar activist and Co-founder of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);
Ismael Hossein-zadeh, author, political analyst and Professor Emeritus, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa;
Abdol Soofi, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
Elizabeth Eslami, Iranian-American author;
Randy Short, member of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organization;
Kazem Azin, SI Solidarity with Iran in the US;
Karen L. Hall, American television writer, received Humanities Prize, Women in Film Luminas Award, seven Emmy Award Nominations;
Rodney Shakespeare, co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, member Christian Council for Monetary Justice;
Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice;
Judy Bello, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars,
Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Bishop of the Diocese Of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas;
Joe Lombardo, a coordinator of UNAC – United National Antiwar Coalition;
* Hands Off Iran Statement drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran.
Supported by the International Action Center and many others who oppose the sanctions and threats against Iran
To Sign on to the Statement here