Mockery of Human Rights
The news of participation of Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) in an event in Washington, DC on July 26, 2007, arranged by National Iranian American Council (NIAC), has become a source of profound distress among the freedom loving Iranian and Iranian-American community: a community supporting the legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people for a democratic and secular leadership.
What is greatly shocking is that one of the
four sponsors of this event formed under the title, “Human Rights
At a time when terrorist activities of the
Islamic regime of Iran (IRI) against the Iranian people and the
entire world has been documented, the participation of AI and HRW in
an event promoted by an organization that openly announces its
support for unconditional relations between the US and a terrorist
regime, raises serious questions. This is in complete contrast to
the mission and mandates of the Amnesty international and HRW.
AI and HRW are touted as a supporter of human
rights and democratic values and should not participate in the
events organized by the Islamic Regime’s lobby groups that are
trying to manipulate the American Political System to legitimize the
Everything that this organization does whether
it is an event for youth, forming a conference, supporting the
anti-war movements, dealing with Iranian/American issues or local
politics, it is all directly or indirectly designed to serve one and
only one purpose: Establishing
relations between the United States and one of the most brutal
violators of human rights, the Islamic Regime of Iran.
A careful look at the NIAC website, its public statements,
public events, and its nonpartisan support of the
On the issue of human rights, we have
challenged the AI and HRW to find one statement issued by NIAC since
its formation in condemning the Islamic Regime for violating the
basic human rights of Iranians.
Not even one single sentence has been issued by NIAC in
condemnation of IR for stoning, torture, execution of political
prisoners, or the treatment of women and religious minorities.
One cannot find any reference to human rights in NIAC’s
mission statement, goals, programs or anywhere else.
None of the many urgent actions issued by Amnesty
International to stop imminent execution of political prisoners or
stoning of men and women to death, has been acknowledged or
distributed by NIAC.
Dr. Trita Parsi, the President of this group was ex-congressman Bob Ney’s advisor who is serving now a 30-month jail term for bribery and lobbying for the Islamic Regime among other things. NIAC was promoting Bob Ney for years as a friend of Iranian people!
It is so ironic that the event organized by
NIAC is going to discuss the human rights situation in