Overthrow the Islamic Regime in Iran and Take
Advantage of the Appointment of Raisi
June 28, 2021
Since the violation of human rights and
criminal acts of the Islamic regime in Iran is
enshrined in its constitution and annexes, the only
way to get rid of it is to overthrow it. The method
of overthrowing this regime is the organized
participation of Iranian freedom fighters in
disobedience fight. The life of this regime is over
when millions of men and women, young and old, take
to the streets and say "no" to it.
However, the freedom-loving Iranians have
settled down because they see themselves not only
facing a cruel regime but also the interest-driven
world powers that have recognized it. Their
mobilization is not possible under the current
circumstances. Scattered protests and strikes will
not be tolerated for a moment if it reaches a point
where it poses a threat to the regime.
Iranians abroad, along with other
freedom-loving people of the world and using their
voting power and participation in the political
process of the countries in which they live, should
demand that the recognition of the Islamic regime be
conditional on the cessation of human rights
violations and as a first step the release of
political prisoners. The demands of human rights
organizations to investigate the crimes of Raisi,
the so-called president, in general and the massacre
of political prisoners in 1988 have created a much
better ground for such effort.
These all-out efforts in the world, which can
involve countless people, if they do not achieve
their goal, the widespread movement that has been
created sends the message to the inactive Iranians
that the whole world is watching them and demanding
their rights. This situation will enable activists
inside Iran to organize disgruntled masses to start
The details of the efforts of Iranian abroad,
some of which are mentioned in this article, will be
discussed in another article if readers show
positive reactions to this suggestion or suggest a
Overthrow the Islamic Regime in Iran and Take
Advantage of the Appointment of Raisi
June 28, 2021
Following my previous article
in this writing, I will share my ideas regarding the
fighting strategies and tactics against a ruling
dictatorship in Iran and how to explore Raisi's
selection to facilitate our fight. These ideas that
are very briefly summarized here are subject to
debate. If you have any other suggestions, please
share them with me.
Here are the facts to consider:
Despite what we sometimes hear, everything that the
IRI does is lawful. The human rights abuse, killing
infidel, tortures, stoning, women abuses, etc., are
in the constitution and its amendments .
The Islamic Penal Law was approved by the Islamic
Consultancy Parliament on July 30, 1991, and
by the High Expediency Council on November 28, 1991.
The Penal Law oversights the
The Book Five of the Penal Code – Ta'azirat – was
ratified on May 22 of 1996 , .
Human rights abuses written into the IRI's laws will
not stop until this regime or any of its factions is
in power. Based on what we have witnessed over forty
years, this regime cannot be reformed.
We cannot pass by it as some are advocating for it!
To stop human rights violations, the IRI should be
How a brutal regime that does not show any hesitancy
to kill when needed can be overthrown?
Weapon of civil disobedience
Let's briefly discuss the above options in the same
The regime has not allowed people to get together
and organize in any form and shape. Occasionally it
enables some opposition to be heard with the
intention of use it for its own benefit. For
example, it was
and still is allowing some prisoners to interview
Several years ago, when a few famous activists were
allowed to interview in prison, our efforts to show
the brutality of the regime against the prisoners
were questioned even by the international human
rights organizations. Releasing prisoners and
arresting them again has been another tactic to
defile the abuse of prisoners. Allowing small groups
to ask for its removal through statements is another
There is no way that unorganized, scattered
oppositions inside Iran can overthrow a regime armed
up to its teeth with their handguns.
Some believe that the only way to overthrow the IR
is through foreign intervention. Some groups have
been trying to portray themselves as the alternative
and hoping that when the IRI was beaten, they would
substitute the regime! Wishful thinking!
Based on what the West and especially the US have
experienced in the past, it is doubtful that any
western country or the US invade Iran to overthrow
the IRI. They know that there is no other
alternative that can serve them better than this
bloody regime. Even if this happens, another
dictatorship will replace the current one.
On the other hand, the IRI loves it if the US or
Israel drop a bomb somewhere. All their atrocities
against freedom lovers in Iran will intensify and be
justified. They will become even more popular among
the region terrorists.
Cope is a possibility. There has always been a
family fight among different factions of the regime
as to which policy will help more the system's
endurance. If the situation gets to the point that
they cannot reach a mutual agreement, one wiser
faction may make a coup. The system will survive,
and the Iranians keep suffering.
The only way a democracy can replace the
dictatorship in Iran is when and if the Iranian
people overthrow the system. This overthrow does not
happen by writing statements and demanding the
regime to give up and let us "pass" by it!
Power is defined by obedience. If a situation is
created where millions of organized people can say
no to their abusers, they are finished. That is
called a "civil disobedience" fight in contrast to
an armed uprising.
It is not an easy task, but it has been done before
in the world, and although nothing is replicable, it
can be done in Iran. There is no other feasible
option. How civil disobedience can be taught,
learned, and practiced has been investigated and
documented for years. Those interested can refer to
many documents, books, and interviews available on
the MEHR's website .
The details are not something to be publicly
announced. The informed Iranian activists familiar
with civil disobedience concepts would know how to
expand the movement without writing statements!
I can say here that initially, the process involves
organizing small groups secretly that only have
their representatives in contact with the central
The Role of the Outside Iranian in Civil
Disobedience Movement in Iran
A majority of the freedom-loving Iranians in Iran
who are against the ruling dictatorship are not
active. They have realized over years that they face
a brutal regime and the entire interest-driven world
that practically have recognized this regime. So,
why should they endanger themselves? They are wisely
not doing so, and this has become a determining
factor against creating a mass movement of civil
There is always a lot of talking by politicians
about the human rights violation in Iran, political
prisoners, executions, gender, and religious
discriminations. Still, these have never had any
role in dealing with the IRI. Their only conditions
for recognizing the IRI have been the control of its
atomic activities and, to some extent, its
interference in the region.
The activists in Iran will be empowered and will
organize the mass of the people if this situation is
changed. That is where and when we outside Iran can
play a determining role for this to happen.
How Iranian Expatriate can make the stop of human
rights a condition for recognition of the IRI
The human rights violation in Iran has not and will
not stop by only writing statements or gathering
petitions to appeal to the humanity of the world
politicians. They are interest-driven. To give, they
should first take something!
What can we give to the interest-driven politicians?
We have the power of our vote if we participate in
the political process of our region, city, and
country. What the politicians should hear from us
"If you want our support and votes in the next
election, we need you to root for enforcing this
foreign policy that makes the relations with the IRI
based on the stop of human rights violations and as
a first step release of the political prisoners. "
But, we need more alliance, and we can have it.
We may expose the human rights violation in Iran and
inform millions of non-Iranians. If we don't ask
them to do something or don't know what to ask them,
their awareness alone does not help.
However, suppose we explain the situation and tell
them what their representatives can do and ask them
to urge their representatives. In that case, we will
become a determining force. We have to start this on
a nonpartisan form. If we can change one election
result, different parties will compete to get our
votes. We can then vote for the members of the party
that we prefer.
It is very encouraging that the international human
rights organizations have also shown readiness to
promote and support our effort.
There have been, and there are still options to
bring charges against the ruling murderers under
many international rules, including the Convention
Against Torture .
Taking legal actions would be another tool to
enforce the movement of discrediting the regime. A
move started successfully in 2007 in a trial in the
US Federal court but was boycotted by all Iranians
abroad. That is why you probably have not heard
about it !
What if this policy does not get the expected
Yes, this might be the situation.
The stop of human rights abuse and release of the
political prisoners may never become a condition for
the West's recognition of the IRI. Nevertheless,
imagine the day that the people of Iran hear that
millions of freedom-loving people worldwide and
Iranian expatriates and international organizations
are demanding their government not to recognize
When this happened, it would be the time that they
will see themselves fighting only the IRI rather
than the entire world to achieve freedom. The
activists can then start forming small groups and
prepare them for the day that millions can come to
the streets and say no to the regime. Imagine the
day that millions of women remove their head covers
and scream! Can the brutal regime kill millions of
women, men, boys, and girls while the entire world
is watching? I don't think so.
I tried to keep this writing very short so that you
won't get too bored before you finish reading! I
know that there might be many questions, ambiguity,
and objections. There are many articles already
written and available on the MEHR website for every
paragraph in this writing. Please check it.
I will explain the steps for participation in the
political process in another writing. As a first
step, please try to identify your local
representative. In the US, you can use this link .
And last but not least, please share this writing
with other people and let me know your and theirs
opinions. Please provide me with email lists of
people you know.
Suppose we can reach several hundreds of thousands
of people and gather a petition indicating their
condition to vote for any representative. In that
case, it will be an effective tool in conveying the
politicians to count more on the power of our vote
and listen to us.
Please get involved. There is no other way.
Shame of Raisi but shame on us if we let it!
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M. Parvin, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at the California State
University, and Founding Director of the
Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR)
Comments on this Article are welcome