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On the occasion of anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Friday, December 10th, 2010 by Reza Pahlavi

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Reza Pahlavi

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of United Nations

The United Nations

New York, N.Y  10017


December 10th, 2010


Your Excellency:


On the occasion of anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations, which is a remarkable achievement by humanity, I am writing to share with you my profound concerns about the continuing, serious and flagrant human rights violations of my compatriots by the clerical regime in Iran, and respectfully request you adopt urgent and appropriate measures to put an immediate end to such violations.


The shameful record of the clerical regime’s endless violations of all the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - to which Iran has long been a signatory - needs no recounting. Since its inception thirty one years ago, the clerical regime of Iran has been repeatedly cited for human rights violations by a host of international human rights agencies and organizations, including United Nations’ Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and The International Federation for the Defense of Human Rights.


I cannot overstate the urgency of the matter. Widespread and increasing violations of the human rights of millions of my compatriots in Iran have reached catastrophic proportions.  The continuation of the current state of affairs in Iran is potentially a serious threat to the peace and security of the region if not the international community as a whole. The situation seems particularly urgent if one also considers the insistence of the clerical regime to continue to pursue its nuclear ambitions in defiance of its binding international obligations and the repeated recommendations of the Security Council of the United Nations and admonitions of member nations.


I also would like to bring to your kind attention my serious concern about the ceaseless plight of our compatriots who dare speak out against flagrant injustice and challenge the ongoing state of oppression in Iran. The clerical regime in Tehran has absolutely no tolerance for any sort of dissent or protest inside nor outside the country.


This concern is based on more than 30 years of documented evidence, which has been exacerbated by the Islamic Republic's utter disregard for human rights, and extra territorial acts of terror and assassination of dissidents. These policies have forced millions of Iranians to flee their homeland and to seek refuge in foreign countries. And until such times democracy is restored in Iran, this wave of refuge migration promise to continue unabated.


Considering the above facts my refugee compatriots in Greece (my compatriots and I are grateful to UNHCR for already having rightfully granted 49 Iranian refugees in Greece refugee status, but there are many more still on hunger strike in Greece), Turkey, Iraq (specifically Erbil and Soliymanieh) and around the globe are suffering from lack of attention from host governments as well as UNHCR to their applications as a refugee.





Your Excellency,


In my belief under this brutal, barbaric regime all Iranians seeking protection should be considered refugee without any doubts and hesitations unless proven otherwise. I call upon United Nations, as well as its member nations, to take this matter seriously and help the victims of the regime as soon as possible, before a further human disaster put a shameful mark on the face of our generation.


I consider it my solemn responsibility to respectfully urge Your Excellency to use your singular authority to take the necessary measures to bring to a halt the intolerable and increasingly dangerous march of events in Iran.  To this end, I suggest the adoption of the following measures:


  • A resolution unequivocally  condemning the regime’s treatment of it’s citizens.
  • Demand for inspection of Iran’s political prisoners on death row by representatives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
  • The formation of an international fund for assistance to the Iranian refugees so that the burden of caring for their medical physical & psychological needs are not borne by one nation.



To paraphrase our great poet Saadi whose words adorn the walls of the United Nations


“All the humanity is part of one being… Should the times hurt one part of the being… The whole being suffers…


Can we really claim to be part of the family of humanity if we are blind to the suffering of others?”



With my esteem and respect,







Reza Pahlavi