In the run-up to the Iranian-American demonstration against the UN visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, to be held 11 AM Monday at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) has published a letter by over 100 Iranian-American scholars to President Obama, alleging that Rouhani’s regime has engaged in what Amnesty International has described it as a “staggering spree” of unjustified executions.
The Iranian-American scholars claim that Rouhani’s regime has executed over 2,000 people, at a greater rate than even his infamous predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
They allege that many of the executed were political prisoners including Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghai and Gholam reza Khosravi, who were “hanged for supporting the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).”
While these names may not be familiar to Americans, to Iranians they are the Martin Luther Kings of their homeland.
The Iranian scholars’ letter goes on to claim that “The cruel and brazen suppression of women and youth [under Rouhani] continues unabated. This year, pro-regime gangs splashed acid on the faces of young women for their choice of clothing.” In addition, “new repressive laws against women are being introduced at the Parliament. Freedom of religion is also severely curtailed.”
In a shocking revelation, the scholars assert that in 1988, Rouhani’s “current Justice Minister was on the three-member panel of [the] death committee which issued orders for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners upon a fatwa from then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini.”
Rouhani's has also “stepped up Tehran’s nefarious support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, sectarian violence in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen, all to the detriment of the Iranian people” and the world, they add.
The Iranian-American professionals and academics implored US President Obama “to lead international efforts in recognizing their cry for human rights, liberty and dignity” in Iran and “to make the human rights crisis in Iran a priority of your foreign policy.”
The OIAC urges all Americans to show their support for freedom in Iran and come to Monday’s demonstration at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, to denounce the latest Iranian tyrant.