admin/upload/files/We protest, condemn and do not tolerate it:
Awarding the Honorary Doctor of Law Degree to
Mohammad Khatami the Ex-President and One of the
Heads of the Reactionary Islamic Regime of Iran for Trampling the Rights of
the Iranian People!
Having the positions as president, Minister of Culture
and Guidance, and many other positions in the last 27 years Khatami
is responsible for depriving the women of Iran from their most basic rights
under the Islamic Republic.
Under the presidency of Khatami
tens of women were stoned to death, hundreds of students were arrested and
tortured and tens of students, writers and intellectuals were murdered, the
workers struggle for the right of trade union were oppressed and many of them
were arrested and imprisoned and tens of newspapers and magazines were banned
and many publishers and their staffs were arrested and imprisoned.
During the time when Khatami
was the Minister of Culture and Guidance in summer 1989 thousands of political
prisoners in the summary courts with Khomeini’s order and the cooperation of Khatami and many other of the top regime leaders were
hanged and buried in mass graves without the knowledge of their families. During
that time thousands of women were arrested and lashed, when they did not
observe the Islamic code of Hejab and the faces of
many women were ripped or burned when Hezbollah attacked them by razor blade or
pouring acid over their faces.
In the recent years and months the struggle of the
Iranian people and particularly the struggle of the women in Iran for
overthrowing the anti-women regime of Islamic Republic have been
intensified. The women, workers,
students and youth’s movements all have been engaging in a life or death
struggle. There are flags that have been raised in order to ride over the waves
of the people’s struggle and take over its control. The western imperialists
are trying to intervene again and decide the destiny of the Iranian people and
impose another reactionary leader as the opposition leader for the people of Iran.
From the other side, Mohammad Khatami
is striving to find a way out for the Islamic Republic from its international
isolation. Recently he was in US and gave speeches about “Democracy” and the
“Human rights” and now he is in UK
to be awarded the honorary Doctor of Law degree from St-Andrews College
for trampling the rights of the people.
To award the honorary Doctor of Law degree to someone who
has been trampling the women’s right for years is openly an insult to millions
of Iranian women and their struggle for their rights and their equality. That
means to endorse the suppression of the Iranian workers and approving the
decree of execution of Kobra Rahman-Pour,
Shala Jahed, Delaram Darabi, Malek Ghorbani and tens of women
who are condemned to death according to the mediaeval Islamic laws and now are
waiting in the death corridors to be stoned to death or hanged. In one word it
is approving a system that its existence is inseparable from the suppression,
execution, imprisonment, oppression and exploitation.
We Iranian women abroad in unity with the majority of the
Iranian women condemn the British government and the authorities of St-Andrew College for this act.
We Appeal to the Progressive and Freedom Lovers (women
We as Iranian women resident in UK in support of the struggle of our sisters in Iran and as a
continuation of that struggle, invite you all that in opposition to this vulgar
show raise your voices of protest and make sure as many as possible hear this
voices of protest. There are no doubts that you are also opposed to this vulgar
show and will not tolerate it. Join us so that the voice of our protest and
that of the women of Iran
gets to the people of the world and the people in UK as loud as possible.
Join us in this street protest in order that once again
to show that the oppressed in their march for building a new world with no
oppression, no exploitation and no inequality are behind each other no matter
their race, their colour or their sex, and nothing can harm a bit the chain of
Date of Protest:
November 2006- at 4:30 pm.
Chatham House, 10 -St James Square, London SW1Y 4LE
Nearest Underground Station: Green
Park / Piccadilly
The 8 March
Women’s Organization(Iranian - Afghanistan)