Jul 26th, 2013 by pedestrian
Call to join Civil Society Movement Against Sanctions
Professor Ali Naghi Mashayekhi [Founder of Sharif University of Technology’s Department of Economics]
It is the responsibility of all educated, elite people of Iran to raise their voice of protest in defense of their countrymen against inhuman sanctions imposed on Iran. Now more than ever, as the government of “moderation” and “pragmatism” takes shape, a civil society movement against sanctions is a reforming, logical, valuable move that can complement the government’s diplomatic efforts.
Especially, if influential well regarded groups like “university professors”, “journalists”, “doctors”, “artists”, “law makers”, “teachers”, “engineers”, “entrepreneurs” have an active, caring role in this process, they can send a powerful message to influence public opinion in the United States of American and Europe. This will also help to weaken pro-war lobbies in the United States and Europe.
To start, it would be befitting for this movement to compose a well-coordinated message addressed to the leaders of P5 + 1. In this letter, the viewpoints of well regarded figures, such as “professors of economics and political science”, “journalists”, and ‘law makers” – groups that both in Iran and the West are highly regarded.
Naturally, the contents of this letter should be a logical, well-documented protest to the unjust sanctions on Iran that have had inhumane consequences. And have put Iranian society under unprecedented pressures. A peace loving society whose civil, peaceful actions are exemplary in the region. A manifestation of this we can see in the recent presidential election, in which they came together to elect the most moderate of candidates.
After the letter is written and calls are made for it to be signed, we can expect that intellectuals and elites from wide areas of work both inside and outside the country, both as individuals and as groups, will join efforts to sign and widely distribute it. We can hope that by widely distributing this letter both inside and outside the country, we can prepare ground for which the P5 + 1 talk will move more swiftly. This way, we have both helped the government in these talks, and can also begin a process by which Iranian elites [journalists, writers, etc], along with civil society organizations can more actively participate in transforming Islamic Iran.