Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tell everyone About my Plight

Mossavi Khoeini, Iranian human rights activist, attended the 40th day of his late father's funeral. Despite being escorted by agents of the Islamic Republic, he managed to shout "Tell everyone about my plight. I am being interrogated 5 times a day. I sleep with my hands handcuffed and my feet chained every night."

After this incident the agents bundled Mossavi Khoeini in the car and took him away.


Anonymous said...

I don't know whether to yell or cry when I read these reports.
But I wish someone with the power to do so, would put all their focus on bringing down this regime.

Anonymous said...

Part of our fight against Islamic extremist terrorism must include accentuation of our Human Rights values, not actions that dilute our values and place us on the same plane as heretics who murder in the name of Allah. It looks like Khatami is being given an honorary doctrol degree by St. Andrews:Khatami in St. Andrews
September 26th, 2006
Hojjatolesmal Sayyed Mohammad Khatami, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1997 to 2005, has been scheduled to inaugurate an Iranian Studies department with a lecture. He will also be awarded an honorary doctoral degree. I just received a forwarded email from Sayeh Saidi-Sirjani, daughter of one of the many intellectuals butchered during his presidency.

From: Sayeh, sayehssirjani@yahoo.com

Subject: URGENT on khatami’s visit to the UK to receive honorary award from St. Andrews University

To: ns30@st-andrews.ac.uk, On-lineEditor@theherald.co.uk, letters@theherald.co.uk, foraffcom@parliament.uk, press.enquiries@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk, general.queries@dca.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Dr. Scott,

I am the daughter of late Iranian scholar ” Ali Akbar Saidi Sirjani”. Sirjani was author of more than 29 books on Iranian literature and history (see: www.saidisirjani.com) In his open will, he has specifically pointed to Mohammad Khatami as responsible for his murder. After 1979, Khatami was appointed as Khomeini’s special agent at ” Keyhan” newspaper. He inaugurated the torturing intellectuals through his special powers gained as the consequence of being in charge of the only newspaper. Then he became the head of ” ershad” - same as department of censorship.

Khatami banned my Father’s works. He burned his books. When in March 1994, 28 armed Islamic republic guards entered our house in guise of postmen, - where my mother and I were all alone, and where we were hold hostage for 3 whole days, - they took all my father’s hand-written and ready to publish works: complete set of his works on his project on a new Persian Dictionary; his tapes of his interviews with his best friends, some of the greatest Iranian intellectuals such as Ali Dashti, Dr. Parviz Khanlari and Dr. Mozafar Baghaie Kermani; “Tarikh bidari Iranian” a 2-volume work on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution; along with any piece of paper with my late father hand-writing on it. They took all his published and non published works, his notes and letters including 2 unpublished books saved on his computer.

Sirjani’s murder was announced as a death in prison: on November 1994. Then Khatami became president of Islamic Republic three years later, only after he did his best in cutting strong roots of Iran’s culture and literature and any opposition against Islamic Republic.

The young generation of Iranian Student however did stand up. You most certainly have seen the video of his last speech in Tehran University, where students kept chanting “enough lies.” Some of the most brutal arrests and killings of students happened during khatami’s 8 years as the chief executive of the Islamic Republic.

Now your university, St. Andrews, is ruining its reputation by inviting Khatami. I am writing to you asking to CANCEL this invitation. Khatami deserves nothing but a fair tribunal dealing with the Islamic Republic’s many crimes against Iranians. The Arrest of Khatami is something the UK ought to do, not rewarding him with an honorary degree.

Attached please find useful information related to Mohammad Khatami.

With best wishes,

Sayeh ( Saeedi) Sirjani

Saidi Sirjani Center for Persian Literature
P.O.Box 1076
Genoa, NV 89411

Here is few lines on Khatami, published by Islamic government before his presidency years:

Hojatoleslam Khatami chaired the Islamic Center of Hamburg, Germany before the triumph of the 1979 Islamic Revolution as proposed by martyr Mohammad Beheshti. He represented Ardakan and Meybod constituencies in the first term of Majlis [Parliament]. He also served as Imam Khomeini’s representative at and head of Kayhan Institute, as Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister during the premiership of Hussein Mousavi and the presidency of Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He is currently head of the national library and presidential advisor for cultural affairs

Anonymous said...

do we have to be concerned about eslah talaban?