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November 4, 2006

Fereydoun Hoveyda, who signed the Charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on behalf of the Iranian government in 1948, has passed away today. A former Ambassador to the United Nations and one of the founders of the French film magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema, Hoveyda was a respected friend of intellectuals and artists. He was the brother of the former Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda.

I had the honor and priveldge to correspond with him and invited him two months ago on behalf of World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media (WAALM) to come to the Persian Golden Lioness Awards in Budapest, Hungary, but he was too ill. -- Darius Kadivar

Clockwise: Hoveyda in Paris (1946), with Mohammad Reza Shah (circa 1977), at his home (circa 1999), with brother and mother (1970s).

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