Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Proposal To Form UN Committee To Review Iran Sanctions
Sam Ghandchi
پيشنهاد تشکيل کميته سازمان ملل برای بررسی تحريمهای ايران
P.S. Oct 22, 2023:
I wrote the following article when Hojatoleslam Hassan Rouhani was IRI president. I did not continue discussing this proposal because it felt like beating water in a mortar [a Persian expression], because neither Iran's opposition nor the Islamic Regime of Iran (IRI) showed any attention to this proposal and maybe still repeating this proposal will not have any results, but I thought perhaps it may not hurt to republish this article of 10 years ago! SG



The subject of relation of sanctions against Islamic Republic of Iran and the issue of human rights in Iran is not a new discussion among Iran's opposition (1). Also what the US and Europe can do for Iran in this regard has been discussed a lot (2). The views of Shirin Ebadi, Iran's Nobel Peace Laureate, are also known to the Iranian opposition and international community. Therefore, in the following proposal repetition of those arguments has been avoided.

International sanctions against Iran that have been intensified during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are being criticized by some parts of opposition inside Iran. Of course, some other parts of Iran's internal opposition want the continuation of the sanctions. Iran's opposition abroad does not have a unified view on sanctions either. Undoubtedly Iran's government is against the international sanctions although some extremist pro-government groups in Iran see the continuation of sanctions and even the occurrence of a war as a blessing. Outside Iran some extremist groups inside the Arab governments and Israel have similar positions (3).

Iran's government, at times, did not view sanctions as such an important issue and at other times has blamed them for the inflation and other economic problems of the country. In some reports from Iran many people see the sanctions as the reason for the economic problems inside the country, but others have blamed the government policies. Some people have expressed agreement with smart sanctions but at the same time have said many of the sanctions have destroyed the Iranian people and as examples have mentioned the sending of money to Iranian students abroad or the scarcity of some medical drugs inside Iran.

At the present, the discussions of 5+1 negotiations are focused on removal of Iran sanctions. Negotiations of Iranian government in various areas have been going on for years (4). But at this juncture of time the discussion of sanctions is the hottest and it is necessary that Iran's opposition help in this regard.

A proposal that I would like to suggest is to create a committee in the United Nation under the leadership of Shirin Ebadi to review the opinion of Iranian people about the removal of sanctions and to report its results to the 5+1 summit. This committee can travel to Iran and with cooperation of Iranian government to reflect the real views of Iranian people.

Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi

November 13, 2013

























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