ONCE AGAIN ON SANCTIONS
I am sure Dr. Mohammad Parvin
of MEHR IRAN organization (http://www.mehr.org)
will respond to anyone regarding his view on sanctions, which has been posted
on Payvand, along the view of the ones who
support *unconditional* removal of sanctions. Dr. Parvin has clearly stated that he does
*not* want sanctions on foods and medicine, etc.
What puzzles me is when people speak of not politicizing
sanctions, but are asking for *unconditional* lifting of sanctions. This is
exactly the politics of it, when one supports *unconditional* removal of
sanctions. All of this is politics of
whitewashing Islamic Republic of Iran, and not saying anything about the
barbaric anti-human Rights laws and practices of Islamic Republic of Iran.
Don't these people know that in Iran,
the *law* allows execution of people for heresy. Don't they know that the people who have set
bounty to kill Salman Rushdie are legally collecting
money to pay hit men to kill Salman Rushdie and
nobody arrests them.
Don't they know that Qessas Laws
are practiced in Iran. Here are some pictures of Afghanestan
to show one what Qessas is. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of Iran,
but the Islamic Republic of Iran itself makes announcements of its Qessas actions, in its own papers, all the time, so have no
doubt about the practice of this barbarism by Iran's
Islamic Republic as well:
Here is what I wrote about sanctions a while back, where I
noted that Mandela, even at the last stages of the fall of Apartheid in South
Africa, asked the Western countries *not* to
lift the sanctions against South Africa:
Any punishment of any state, even defense against an
aggressor, or a terrorist state, hurts the people of that country as well, but
does that mean not to do so, especially when there is no promise or commitment
from them to stop such crimes against humanity by them!
I am collecting signatures to send a letter to Iran's
Parliament to Abolish Qessas Laws. Let's see how much Iranian government can
its violations of human rights,
before one can fully support lifting of sanctions against Islamic
I believe that any approach towards Islamic Republic of Iran,
and improving relations, should be done *conditionally*. Even the brother of Iran's
president has spoken of gross violations of human rights in Iran,
and the blood of Foruhars is still not dry and the
info about their murder is still not being openly shared and Akbar Ganji, who questioned it,
was sent to jail.
It was just a few weeks ago that Iran's
vigilantes again attacked the nonviolent gathering of Iranian students with
rocks and chains, the same ones who have support of the information ministry
and police, the same ones who killed Foruhars, the
same ones who threaten Salman Rushdie to death.
I think Iranian democratic-minded people need to see a lot
more action from Iranian government, in changing barbaric laws, and upholding
human rights by removing practices such as tortures, stonings,
amputations, and executions, and ending its religious apartheid, before we can
support *unconditional* lifting of sanctions against Islamic Republic of Iran.
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher
July 24, 2000
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