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«Open Letter to President Obama on Visit to USC»

2010 October 28

refrence: ucsdfreeiran

Press Release:

In a pledge he made on March 21, 2010, President Obama promised to “stand up for those rights that should be universal to all human beings”. In an open letter to President Obama, Students for Civil Rights in Iran at University of California, San Diego (SCI) petition the United States to use its power in the United Nations Security Council to send special envoys to Iran on a fact-finding mission to inspect the human rights conditions in Iran. Furthermore, SCI calls upon Obama to focus on these human rights conditions, as opposed to issue threats of war and impose sanctions that harm the people of Iran. SCI asks for the help of your agency to publicize this letter and our efforts to the public.

Open Letter to President Obama:

Dear Mr. President,

In your 2010 Nowruz address, you pledged that America’s “commitment—our responsibility—is to stand up for those rights that should be universal to all human beings”. The commitment you made is rooted in the founding principles of your country, echoed in the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men and women around the world are endowed with the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These founding principles are undeniable truths that have guided the United States, since its inception, on a path toward justice and universal rights for all people. We call upon you, Mr. President—as the leader of this country and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate—to wholeheartedly pursue these ends in your dealings with the regime of Islamic Republic in Iran. We ask that the U.S. government not engage in threats of war and sanctions against the people of Iran, but rather encourage them in building a democracy of their own.

we believe that the only way for the United States to help the Iranian people, and in turn best serve U.S. security interests, is to focus on human rights violations—not the nuclear issue

Iranians around the world are deeply concerned and ashamed of the Islamic Republic’s consistent violation of international human rights conventions as well as the civil rights of its own citizens guaranteed in the current constitution. Accordingly, we kindly ask that you leverage American power in the United Nations Security Council to demand from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to send special envoys to Iran on a fact-finding mission to investigate the regime’s human rights abuses. Specifically, we call for the UN to inspect the condition of prisoners, investigate the claims of torture or other cruel and unusual treatment, and meet with members of the Iranian Bar Association concerning restrictions on their ability to defend their clients. During the past year the regime has systematically increased its violations of numerous articles within its own constitution that guarantee the right of freedom of speech and assembly.

Mr. President, we believe that the only way for the United States to help the Iranian people, and in turn best serve U.S. security interests, is to focus on human rights violations—not the nuclear issue. Thus, we commend your administration’s recent sanctioning of Iranian human rights abusers and encourage you to extend the punitive measures to more regime members responsible for violating human rights.

Other key steps toward building relations between the American and Iranian people include removing internet and media technology restrictions imposed from the outside, promoting anticensorship programs, facilitating travel for Iranian citizens to the United States, and changing the single-entry visa policy against Iranian students. The Iranian students who have come to the United States face unbearable hardship due to the single-entry visa policy, especially because there is no US embassy back home. If they were granted more opportunity to travel to their home country, Iranian students would play an extremely effective role in promoting understanding and dialogue between both nations.

In the end, we would like to emphasize the importance for America of being seen as an advocate for human rights for all peoples in all parts of the world. Throughout the years, the vast majority of Iranians have expressed their utmost respect for Americans. We encourage you to stand on the side of the people in their time of difficulty by focusing on human rights violations in our motherland.

With Utmost Respect,

Students for Civil Rights in Iran

University of California, San Diego

Endorsements

Iranian Democratic Student Association in George Washington University (Endorsement from the student organization)

Iranian Student Alliance in America at University of California, Berkeley

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