This coming Monday at 11 a.m. local time, Iranian-Americans from all over the United States will congregate at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of the United Nations HQ in New York City to denounce the rapidly deteriorating state of human rights in Iran at the hands of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The protest’s organizers claim that in the two years since Rouhani was installed as president, over 2,000 Iranian political and human rights prisoners have been executed by his regime.
The rally – entitled “Voices of Iran” – will echo recent reports by the United Nations Rapporteur on the Iranian human rights situation, warning of grave and rampant violations of human rights.
While the struggle against Iran's nuclear ambitions has placed public focus on Iran's continuous threats to annihilate the over six million Jews of Israel, the rally is a reminder that 60 million Iranians now live under a reign of Islamic terror inside Iran. The demonstration is meant to send a message of support to these Iranians, who live in fear inside their own country.
Many second-generation Iranian-Americans will speak at the rally of the need to protect human rights and freedoms in Iran.
A bi-partisan group of American dignitaries and members of Congress will also participate. They will outline not only Iran’s dismal human rights record, but also Iran’s malignant influence throughout the region and its role as the world's leading state sponsor of terror.
Those speaking will include former homeland security secretary and governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge, famed law professor Alan Dershowitz, and Bill Richardson, former UN ambassador and US energy secretary.
The demonstration was organized by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities.