Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran
P.O. Box 2037, P.V.P., CA 90274
Tel: (310) 377-4590 ; Fax: (310) 377-3103
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; URL: http://mehr.org
Victim Sues the Islamic Regime of Iran
MEHR Iran announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Islamic Regime of
Iran (IRI), the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, and Ali Akbar Fallahian
Khuzestani. The announcement was made at a Los Angeles conference to commemorate
the massacre of prisoners of conscience in Iran and all over the world.
The lawsuit filed by the San Francisco-based Center for Justice &
Accountability (CJA), charges that agents of the Islamic Regime of Iran tortured
the plaintiff, Gholam Nikbin, who served three years in jail for his conversion
to the Mormon faith and for permitting dancing at his wedding.
When asked whether he was not afraid
of the terrible consequences of suing the Islamic Regime of Iran, Nikbin said to
hundreds of audiences:
"I do not care about my life. I
want the whole world to hear my voice and know what they did to me. I am still
suffering from what they did to me. I do not want this to happen to another
Iranian. I want to free my country from these terrorists"
“This lawsuit sends a wake-up call to Iran that it can and will be held
responsible for torturing its own people,” said CJA attorney Joshua Sondheimer.
“Subjecting someone to torture for their religious beliefs is abhorrent
and condemned by international law, and Iran and the officials responsible
thankfully can be brought to justice in United States courts,” Sondheimer
Mohammad Parvin, founder of
Los Angeles based Iranian human rights organization (MEHR) said:
”This is our first
lawsuit against the Islamic Regime of Iran but will certainly not be the last.
We seek justice for the victims of the Islamic Regime of Iran because we believe
peace cannot be achieved without justice. We also believe it is an effective way
to stop the legitimization of the Islamic Regime of Iran by the interest driven
“ Our tireless efforts
and dedication in exposing the human rights violations in Iran, the defense of
prisoners of conscience, and formation of several conferences on the human
rights violation in Iran, along with our continuous interaction with the
international human rights organizations including Amnesty International,
resulted in two significant achievements that we are very proud of:
We received recognition and gained the respect and trust of the Iranian
people. Many of the victims of the Islamic Regime came to us and gave us
authorization to act as their confidant and to seek justice.
We gained recognition from the international human rights organizations
and were fortunate to attract the generous support of the “Center for Justice
and Accountability” in undertaking the legal aspects of filing lawsuits
against the Islamic Regime of Iran.
Today, we are so pleased
that after several years of hard work and in spite of all the obstacles, we have
been able to file this lawsuit,” added Parvin.
“ I send you my greetings
and support as you meet for this poignant conference to commemorate the
thousands of victims of the 1988 massacre of prisoners of conscience carried out
by the brutal Iranian regime. This
oddly oft-forgotten crime against humanity, carried out on an order by the cruel
dictator Khomeini, symbolizes and crystalizes the essential nature of the
so-called Islamic Republic of Iran, which perversely exploits religion as a
cover to oppress and kill as it sees fit. The
barbaric behavior of this regime continues unabated today, as we have seen again
just recently with the death in detention of the Canadian-Iranian journalist
Zahra Kazemi,” said Congressman Tm Lantos (D- 12th District, CA) in a message
to the conference.
“As a fellow promoter of
human rights in Iran, I warmly commend the Mission for Establishment of
Human Rights in Iran for honoring the memory of those who have suffered from the
savagery of this regime, for creatively using the courts to seek redress for
victims of regime criminality, and for providing the occasion for all of us to
re-dedicate ourselves to the struggle to achieve a just and democratic Iran. I know that the Iranian people aspire to enjoy the same
blessings of democracy, freedom, and rule of law that we enjoy here in the
United States. Numerous spontaneous demonstrations over the years, such as those
violently suppressed by regime thugs in June, attest to Iranian yearnings.
I join with MEHR in seeking to assure that all Iranians be accorded
fundamental human rights,” added Congressman Lantos.
In a message to the conference, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D- 47th
District, CA) stated:
“I regret that I cannot be
here in person as you gather in remembrance of the thousands of prisoners of
Conscience massacred by the Islamic Regime of Iran in the summer of 1988. Your
efforts to hold the Islamic Republic accountable for crimes against humanity not
only honors the memory of those who lost their lives in pursuit of freedom and
basic human rights, but provides an inspiration for those who continue the daily
struggle for peace and justice under the constant threat of peril.”
The Congresswoman form Garden Grove, CA further stated that:
“ I applaud your efforts to bring the Islamic Republic of Iran’s
flagrant human rights violations to the attention of the international
community, and pledge to continue to be a voice for the people of Iran in the
United States Congress.”
Congressman Howard Berman (D- 28th District, CA), in his message
to the conference stated:
“ Although a scheduling conflict prevents me from joining you in person,
I am writing to let you know that I stand with you in your struggle to promote
respect for human rights in Iran. As a senior member of the house International
Relations Committee I will do everything in my power to help further this
“ Iran has a dismal record
on human rights. Journalists are routinely jailed, dozens of newspapers have
been shut down, religious minorities are persecuted, opposition leaders are
beaten or killed and average Iranians are denied the most fundamental civil
liberties: freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of religion
and the freedom to choose their own leaders,” added Congressman Berman.