In a joint letter, 109 former world leaders signed a letter calling for accountability in Iran and urging U.S. President Joe Biden to cease all diplomacy with the regime ruling Iran. The letter asks the international community to investigate the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and hold accountable those responsible for the atrocity.
The letter highlights the fact that the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre have never been held accountable for their crimes, and many of them continue to hold positions of power in Iran today. It also calls attention to the ongoing human rights abuses in Iran, including the use of the death penalty, torture, and arbitrary detention.
The signatories of the letter include former former U.S. iVce President Mike Pench, former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, among others. They argue that the Biden administration’s decision to lift sanctions on Iran and reopen nuclear negotiations have only strengthened the regime’s position and provided it with more resources to fund its destabilizing activities in the region.
The letter calls for a new approach that prioritizes holding the Iranian regime accountable for its human rights abuses, support for terrorism, and pursuit of nuclear weapons. The signatories believe that the U.S. should work with its allies to increase pressure on Iran through targeted sanctions and diplomatic isolation.
The letter highlights the ongoing debate over how to handle Iran’s regime. While the former world leaders call for accountability and justice for past atrocities, they urge a tougher stance on Iran’s current behavior. With Iran’s human rights record and regional ambitions continuing to be a source of concern, it remains to be seen which approach will ultimately prove more effective in addressing these challenges.
The letter comes amid a tense political climate between the U.S. and Iran. The two countries have been at odds for decades, with the relationship reaching a new low during the Trump administration, which withdrew from the nuclear deal and imposed harsh sanctions on Iran.
The Biden administration has taken a different approach, seeking to re-engage with Iran to address its nuclear program and other issues. However, the signatories of the letter think that this procedure is misguided, and that the U.S. should instead focus on countering Iran’s malign behavior in the region.
The signatories of the letter argue that the U.S. should not be negotiating with a regime that has a long history of human rights abuses and support for terrorism.
In addition to the joint letter from former world leaders there is also growing support for Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a free and democratic Iran. Rajavi is the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
The ten-point plan calls for a secular, democratic, and non-nuclear republic in Iran, with guarantees for human rights, gender equality, and the separation of religion and state. The plan also calls for the establishment of a market economy and the protection of private property rights.
The NCRI has gained significant support in recent years, with a growing number of lawmakers and officials in the US and Europe endorsing its vision for a free and democratic Iran. The group has also been instrumental in exposing Iran’s nuclear program and its support for terrorism.
The international community has long been concerned about Iran’s human rights record, which includes the use of the death penalty, torture, and arbitrary detention. The 1988 massacre of political prisoners remains a particularly dark chapter in Iran’s history, and the call for accountability for this atrocity has gained momentum in recent years.
Despite the challenges, there is reason for optimism about the future of Iran. The country has a young and educated population that is increasingly disillusioned with the regime and its policies. There are also growing signs of dissent and resistance within Iran, with protests and strikes taking place across the country.
As the debate over how to handle Iran continues, it is important to keep in mind the ultimate goal of a free and democratic Iran that respects human rights and the rule of law. The support for Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan and the calls for accountability for past atrocities are important steps in this direction.
It is also important for the international community to continue to put pressure on the Iranian regime. This can be done through targeted sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and support for civil society and human rights activists in Iran.
Ultimately, the fate of Iran rests in the hands of the Iranian people. But with the support of the international community and a clear vision for a better future, there is reason to believe that a free and democratic Iran is possible.