The Constitutionalist Movement of Iran
June 21, 1997
To: Prime Minister Tony Blair
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Jean Chretien
President William Clinton
Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
President of the European Council Willem Kok
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
President of the European Commission Jacques Santer
President Boris Yeltsin
Denver Summit Of The Eight
Subject: Support for Freedom and Democracy in Iran
On May 23, Iranians sent a resounding message to the clerical zealots who have ruled Iran for 19 years: Iranians demand freedom and democracy. The clerical regime has tried to distort the message and pretends that the vote for Khatami demonstrates support for the regime. However, the fact is that Iranians used the limited opportunity they had to show their rejection of the clerical regime's repressive policies by rejecting Khamenei's hand-picked candidate, Nateq-Nouri. The elections cannot be considered democratic, free or fair, because the four candidates were hand-picked by the regime, and the rejection of Nateq-Nouri is a clear defeat for Khamenei and the regime's policies.
In April 1997, a German court convicted four terrorists of the Islamic Republic for their part in the assassination of four Iranian Kurd opposition figures in the Mykonos Greek restaurant in Berlin on September 17, 1992. We agree with the German state prosecutor Bruno Jost that the evidence clearly shows that the order for the assassination had been given by the Islamic Republic's leader Ali Khamenei and president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who made the decision in their "Committee for Special Affairs."
The murder of the four Kurds by the Islamic Republic is only the tip of the iceberg. Since 1979, the Islamic Republic has murdered thousands of Iranians inside and outside Iran. Presently, there are thousands of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic. The mullahs execute hundreds of political prisoners every year.
As a result of the conviction of the Islamic Republic's terrorists in Berlin, the Austrian Government has decided to reopen the case of the assassination of the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, one of his deputies Abdullah Ghaderi-Azar and Fazel Rasoul, a Kurdish activist, who were shot dead on July 13, 1989 in a Vienna apartment.
The Government of Switzerland has also decided to prosecute the terrorists of the Islamic Republic who were involved in the murder of Kazem Rajavi near Geneva in April 1990. Furthermore, French officials are prosecuting terrorists of the Islamic Republic for the murder of Iranians in France.
The clerical dictatorship has intensified its attacks against Iranian writers and journalists. In January 1997, the mullahs arrested prominent Iranian writer Faraj Sarkuhi. Sarkuhi was among 134 writers who signed an open letter in 1994 which called for an end to censorship in Iran. The writers who signed the letter have been threatened to withdraw their signatures, and several of them have died in suspicious circumstances. In March 1997, Ebrahim Zalzadeh, the editor of Me'yar magazine, was abducted by the regime's agents, and his body was abandoned in a Tehran street.
For many years, we have maintained that the Islamic Republic is an outlaw regime that sponsors worldwide terrorist activities and brutally violates the human rights of the Iranian people. The conviction of the Islamic Republic's terrorists in Germany, and the overwhelming evidence that the orders for the terrorist attack was given by the leaders of the Islamic Republic, proves our statements.
CMI urges all democratic countries to support the efforts of the Iranian people to establish a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We believe that, the world’s leading democracies can have an important role in supporting the movement for democracy and human rights in Iran. A strong, free, and democratic Iran is in the world's long-term strategic interest.
We strongly urge all democratic countries to expel the terrorists of the Islamic Republic from their countries, and to not send ambassadors to Iran until a democratic government is created in Iran that respects the human rights of the Iranian people. The long-term interests of all countries that succumb to the threats of the Islamic Republic or the pressures of those who are blindly pursuing trade with the outlaw regime will be severely damaged. The Iranian people will remember those who support democracy, and those who damage Iranian interests by embracing the outlaw Islamic Republic.
We urge you to draw a very clear distinction between the regime and the people of Iran, and support the efforts of the Iranian people to bring freedom and democracy to Iran. The world's democracies should use diplomatic and economic pressure to compel the Islamic Republic to release Faraj Sarkuhi and all other political prisoners, and honor freedom of speech and the press.
Dr. Khosrow Akmal