Sam Ghandchi

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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 (3). 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 (4).

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 (5). 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, Editor/Publisher
November 13, 2013


1. IRI Sanctions: Yes or No?

تحريم بين المللي: آري يا نه؟  

2. What Can US and Europe Do for Iran

آمريکا و اروپا برای ايران چه کار ميتوانند بکنند  

3. Nobel Peace Prize: Good News and Bad News

4. Danger of IRI-Israel War (and What Iranian Opposition Needs to Do)

خطر جنگ جمهوري اسلامي و اسرائيل و اينکه اپوزيسيون چه کار ميتواند بکند

5. Time for Iran 1+1 Talks  

وقت مذاکرات 1+1 فرا رسيده است