February 13, 2001
It is time
On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution of 1979,
the Islamic regime is celebrating its victory while dozens of individuals-intellectuals,
journalists,writers, activists, men and women are incarcerated in Evin
and other prisons ["Happy
While the Islamic regime is celebrating its victory, prostitution and
addiction has reached incredible numbers. Most Iranians are facing unemployment
and economic hardships. inhuman and illegal trials take place and recently
behind closed doors, the trial for the accused in the serial murder case
took place while the real perpetuators are still in high government positions
and those sentenced will never face justice.
While medieval laws such as stoning of men and women takes place in
every corner of Iran and Vali Faghih pardons prisoners on this occasion,
Akbar Ganji, Ezatollah Sahabi, Zeidabadi, Ahmad Batebi, the Mohammadi
brothers, Shirin Ebadi and everyone who has ever spoken the truth is in
The rulers of the Islamic Republic celebrate their victories in crushing
every voice of dissent. And yet the head of the Islamic judiciary, Ayatollah
Shahroudi has the audacity to claim of how the Islamic constitution upholds
human rights!! as if the world and the people of Iran are fools and those
in power geniuses.!
Except for the short period of the "spring of freedom" which
only lasted one spring, Iranians have seen and felt nothing but humiliation,
terror, kidnapping, stoning, inhuman treatments, and fear. They have lived
in a country where no citizen is allowed to practice their basic rights
as human beings unless approved by those vicious men in power. Iranians
have had to flee their homeland for better social conditions or otherwise
live according to the rules of the Islamic regime which claim to practice
religion in its highest form and yet has stained the religious beliefs
of the people.
During two decades, everyone in the way of the regime was eliminated.
In 1989, political prisoners, branded as "mohareb ba Khoda" were
executed by the hundreds in Evin prison on the order of Imam himself.
An act of criminality never exercised in any country in modern times and
by a government which is signatory to the UN human rights charter. The
Islamic regime has stepped on every single international law as set by
the United Nations and yet this regime continues to be regarded as part
of a nation among nations.
A regime which allows thugs to storm in the night at the student dormitories,
injuring and violently attacking students, throwing them off of balconies
and imprisoning their leaders. a regime which has no respect for human
life and practices against the very foundation of Islam and religion.
It is time for Iranians to hold hands and shout to the world that enough
is enough. The time has come for Iran to be free of hatred, extremism,
and violence. It is time for no son and daughter of this land to live in
fear. It is time for no mother or father to lose their children in violent
clashes or see them behind bars. It is time for Iran to be free. it
is time that the land of Omar Khayam, Ferdowsi, Hafez, the land of beauty
and love to come alive once and again. it is time for an end to Velayt-e
"Time will not wait.
How long will light shine upon this ocean
that is motionless and yet full of motion
thousands of miles on the other side, there is a street,
whose condition is not good.
It has become used to it.
And it seems, in each block of this street,
our hopes and dreams fade away."
(Poem by Mohammad Mokhtari in 1987. Mokhtrari was strangled to death
by the agents of the Islamic regime in November 1998)