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Statement in Support of Student Movement in Iran

About Iran has translated the following statement by more than 50 Iranian exiled and immigrant academics in support of the pro-democracy student movement in Iran. This statement is the first of its kind since the revolution of 1979, as is the secular student pro-democracy movement. About Iran calls on all freedom loving academics throughout the world to join with the signatories of this statement in supporting the pro-democracy students in Iran.

Statement in Support of the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iranian University Students, Faculty and Researchers by Iranian Exiled and Immigrant University Academics:

We, the undersigned, the Iranian exiled/immigrant university faculty and researchers, express our admiration for your struggle and our concern about the detrimental circumstances against which you struggle. Some of us, who were involved in similar struggles in the past, are familiar with the sheer danger confronting you.

There is no doubt that the movement of the young generation of Iranians and the student movement on its forefront face a perilous path. [In reality], any conscientious person, including us, knows the [oppressive] nature of this regime, against which you struggle. And it is this reality which makes your struggle overly critical.

Your movement correctly seeks to regain the lost goals of the [Iranian] Revolution [of 1979] and give them back to the people of Iran.

Your struggle, as the harbinger of Iran's movement of enlightenment, also carries the legacy of the enlightenment movements of the Constitutional Revolution [of 1906] and the Oil Nationalization [of 1931-1932]. May this be a felicitous mandate for you!

Although we, the undersigned, are far from you, we responsibly commit ourselves to be on you side [and in your support] and to bring your righteous voice to the world. We shall use all [legal and peaceful] means in order to assist you with your demanding struggle. We are committed to you in solidarity.

Singed by:

Ervand Abrahamian (City University of New York, United States)

Janet Afari (Purdue University, United States)

Haleh Afshar (York University, England)

Reza Afshari (Pace University, United States)

Ramin Ahmadi (Yale University, United States)

Hamid Akbari (Northeastern Illinois University, United States)

Kazem Alamdari (California State University at Los Angeles, United States)

Elaheh Amani (California State University at Long Beach, United States)

Sohrab Behdad (Dennison University and Iran National University, United States)

Yadi Delaviz (Formerly at Ahavaz University in Iran)

Mohammad Eghtedari (Formerly at Morgan State University, United States)

Seif-Ollah Ehdaei (University of Texas at Permian Basin, United States)

Anna Enayat (Oxford University, England) Fatemeh Etemad-Moghadam (Hofstra University, United States)

Mansur Farhang (Bennington College, United Sates)

Mohammad-Reza Fashahi (Paris 8 University, France)

Mohsen Ghaemmagham (Columbia University, United States)

Shahram Ghanbari (Formerly at Tehran University)

Vida Hajebi-Tabrizi (Formerly at Tehran University)

Amir Hassan-Poor (University of Toronto, Canada)

Azadeh Jahanbegloo (Wright State University, United States)

Asad Jalali-Naeini (Saw&Sea University, England, and Formerly at University of Tehran)

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (Washington University in Seattle, United States)

Hooshang Keshavarz-Sadr (Formerly at Tehran University)

Farhad KhosrowKhavar (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris, France)

Habib Ladjervardi (Harvard University, United States)

Akbar Mahdi (Wesleyan University in Ohio, United States)

Hassan Mansur (American University in Paris and Formerly at Tehran University)

Abbas Milani (Belmont College in California, United States)

Masoud Mirshahi (Medical School of Paris and CNRS, France)

Valentine Moghadam (Illinois State University, United States) Hiedeh Mogheisi (York University, Canada)

Shahrzad Mojab (University of Toronto, Canada)

Amir Hooshmand Momtaz (Formerly at Esfahan University in Iran)

Mehdi Mozafari (University of AARHUS, Denmark)

Azar Nafisi (Johns Hopkins University, United States)

Majid Nafisi (University of Southern California, United States)

Nasrollah Nejatbakhsh (Aviation School of France and College de France in Paris and Formerly at University of Esfahan in Iran)

Bahman Niroomand (Formerly at Tehran University)

Farhad Nomani (American University of Paris)

Nasser Pakdaman (Paris 7 University, France)

Kourosh Parsa (Formerly at City College of New York, United States)

Mohammad Parvin (State University of California and Ariyamehr (Sharif) Industrial University of Iran)

Saied Payvandi (Paris 8 University, France)

Hassan Pir-Hosseini (Nante University and CNRS, France)

Hassan Rahmani (Antioch, United States)

Saeid Rahnama (York University, Canada)

Hossein Rayvani (Formerly at College of York Haven in Dallas, United States)

Ali Razavi (Formerly at Tehran University in Iran)

Manuchehr Sabetian (University of London, England)

Sima Samadian (Westminster University, England)

Shahla Shafigh (ADRI Institute, France)

Vali Siadat (Daley College in Chicago, United States)

Bagher Samsami (Formerly at Albert Einstein Medical College, United States)

Nayereh Tohidi (California State University, Northridge, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, United Sates)

Mehrdad Vahabi (Paris 8 University and CNRS, France)

Shadab Vajdi (School of Asian and African Studies in London, England)

Hora Yavari (Columbia University, United States)

Ali Zolfaghari (Formerly at College of Science and Industry in Iran)

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