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Signatures in support of Eshkevari

From: Arien Mack <>

Hamid Dabashi and I have written a statement about Hojatoleslam Eshkevari, for which we are gathering signatures. I am attaching the letter below, along with the list of those who have already signed, and I hope you will post it so that those who do not send a letter of their own may add their support to this one.

Thank you,

Arien Mack
Editor of Social Research Marrow
Professor of Psychology
New School University

Hamid Dabashi
Associate Professor of Iranian Studies
Columbia University



Hojatoleslam Eshkevari, a courageous and outspoken Iranian cleric, is threatened with possible execution following yet another illegal, closed door trial in which he was not permitted legal representation. The charges that have been brought against Mr. Eshkevari include: acting against the national security of the country, engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran, denying the basic fundamentals of Islam, damaging the prestige of the religious clergy, and insults and accusations against government officials. Particularly troubling are the charges of "heresy" ("ertedad"), "corrupter on Earth" ("mofsed-e fe'l-arz"), and "war against God and his prophet" ("mohareb"). These charges carry an automatic death sentence in the Islamic Republic.

While Mr. Eshkevari is the political prisoner now most at risk, there are many others as well who have been denied their basic civil rights. We call on the good offices of the Secretary General of the United Nations and the UN High Commissioner to call on the Iranian Ambassador to the Unted Nations, Mr. Hadi Nezhad Hosseinian, immediately and convey to him the deep concern of world citizens for the life of Mr. Eshkevari and the others now in prison and in immanent danger.

Any formal charges against Mr. Eshkevari must be presented in an open court that meets every international standard of legal procedures and allows him full legal representation. The world cannot stand by as the Islamic Republic so flagrantly and repeatedly violates the most fundamental civil rights of its citizens.

1. Ervand Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York

2. Mahnaz Afkhami, Director, Learning Partnership

3. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

4. Nada Elia, Scholar in Residence, Afro-American Studies, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

5. Eva Hoffman, Writer

6. Gerald Holton, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University

7. Nicholas Humphrey, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics

8. Carolyn Kahn, Associate Director, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University

9. Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

10. Jeri Laber, Association of American Publishers

11. Ali Akbar Mahdi, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio Wesleyan University

12. Ann Elizabeth Mayer, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

13. Robert Pinsky, Boston University

14. David Plotke, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, New School University

15. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University

16. Dr. Linda Walbridge, Visiting Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

17. Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Widener University

18. Vera L. Zolberg, Senior Lecturer, Sociology Department, New School University


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