We protest not
only against Rouhani’s visit but also against the
Hassan Rouhani is visiting Europe (France
and Italy) as the representative of the anti-woman, oppressive regime of the
Islamic Republic of Iran. He is visiting Europe hand-in-hand with the
patriarchal imperialists, pursuing their interests to impose austerity,
poverty, oppression, and the exploitation of the working class and laborers,
women's enslavement, etc., on the people of Iran.
Since the day the Islamic Republic regime
first took power in Iran, it has launched an ideological and political war on
the whole society by enforcing women to put on the hijab and by enacting
different laws against women according to the Islamic Sharia, all in order to
stabilize its rule. During the last 37 years, this anti-woman regime has
imposed total oppression on women and has destroyed countless women’s lives.
Rouhani, as a representative of the
medieval Islamic regime in Iran, is traveling to Europe while, at the same
time, thousands of political prisoners languish in the regime's prisons and are
being tortured, and their families threatened. Workers' strikes have been
suppressed and many of their representatives arrested or executed. The
teachers' movement is also being suppressed and its leaders imprisoned.
Since the beginning of Rouhani's
presidency, at least 1900 people have been executed in Iran. Iran, under
Islamic Republic rule, is a scene of suppressed opposition voices, arrested and
imprisoned workers and toilers, executions, unprecedented levels of
unemployment and poverty, an enormous gap between the social classes,
addiction, the prostitution of thousands of women, and acid attacks and
intensified violence against women.
Iran is a place where thousands and thousands
of children have to do hard, dangerous and underpaid jobs in a struggle to
survive and support their families. The average age of addiction among women is
13, and within the last 10 years, the number of those addicted has quadrupled.
Iran is a prison-house of nations and a slaughterhouse of progressive thought
and of those who fight against ignorance.
During Rouhani's presidency, Iran's
parliament has established more reactionary laws and policies against women.
According to these laws women are now just machines for incubation. Some
proposals such as for a "population increase" and "preserving
the Hijab and chastity" have been approved which intensify women's
degradation. This ensures that women live lives of semi-slavery economically
Behind their “generous” invitation to
Rouhani, Europe's patriarchal imperialists are craving for more economical and
political interests. They support Iran's oppressive regime just as they have
fueled and supported the reactionary wars in the Middle East and North Africa,
in which millions of people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.
Even the destruction of the whole environment in pursuit of their own interests
would not satisfy their thirst.
In order to solve its deep structural
crisis, capitalism currently needs to involve the most reactionary and
fundamentalist forces in its game. Iran’s government, as a reactionary regime,
has done its best during all these years to become a powerful player in the
Middle East region. For this reason, when Rouhani became the president of
Islamic republic of Iran, he began executions on a more extensive scale than
the former government, in order to ensure the US and European imperialists of
the regime's ability to help them to overcome their crisis, including in the
Middle East. They can now count on Iran's government to be a “legitimate” and
In return, the US and European imperialists
have chosen to be silent in the face of the massacres by the Rouhani government
and the increasing intensification of women’s degradation, the imprisonment of
all the opposition forces and the suppression and jailing of workers and
This is a continuation of their same
supportive silence over the last 37 years during the suppression of the opposition,
in particular the mass murder of political prisoners in the early 1980s and the
summer of 1988.
Today, for the imperialists, the most
important issue in reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran is not the interests
of the Iranian people or the women, but overcoming the bottlenecks and crises
of their own system so as to ensure their global hegemony, particularly in the
Middle East. This is why governments such as those of Italy and France are
striving to increase their political and economical
influence in Iran, so as to maintain their own interests. This is their real
reason for inviting Rouhani.
Militant women and men and all freedom
Europe's patriarchal imperialists talk
about "human rights and democracy", which is nothing but a lie! What
is most important issue for them is to maximize their profits, and it is indeed
this pursuit of profit which makes them support Iran's anti-woman regime.
We ardently call on you, on all women and
men militants, to join us in amplifying the voice of Iran's women, one of the
most oppressed groups in that society.
We call upon you to stand up for the
Iranian people and to expose the real face of the European imperialists, their policies, and the nature of the oppressive
Islamic Republic regime in Iran, which is doing nothing but intensifying
austerity, poverty, misery and women's degradation, imprisoning the opposition,
and executing the country's political and other prisoners.
We call upon you to stand with us to build
a world in which there will be no oppression and exploitation. We can surely
build this society by our struggle, with the aim of the revolutionary overthrow
of the Islamic republic regime of Iran and its imperialist allies.
8 March Woman's Organisation (Iran-