Do not lend Cyrus Cylinder to Iran

Do not lend Cyrus Cylinder to Iran
by Peyvand Khorsandi

To Rt Hon David Miliband MP
Secretary of State for Foreigh and Commonwealth Affairs

From Peyvand Khorsandi

Dear Mr Miliband

I am writing to express my concern at the British Museum's decision to lend the 2,500-year-old Cyrus Cylinder to Iran.

The Cyrus Cylinder is an icon of human rights -- as you will know it is inscribed with one of the world's first declarations of human rights.

For this reason, it is a source of national pride to millions of Iranians.

The Museum secured the loan of a number of artefacts from Iran, for its exhibition Shah Abbas: The Remaking Of Iran earlier this year, with a promise that it would then lend the Cylinder to the Iranians.

I humbly suggest that the Museum, which in October said it was "monitoring" developments in Iran, has ethical grounds to renege on that promise.

Over the past few months, as you know, protesters for democracy in Iran have suffered violence, illegal detention and even death at the hands of the state.

Given this backdrop, lending Iran such a unique symbol of humane intent risks being seen as reward for bad behaviour. As such, the Museum's well-meaning gesture is sure to deal a blow to Iran's green movement for democracy.

I respectfully ask that you intervene to ensure this does not happen.

Yours faithfully
Peyvand Khorsandi
Journalist and blogger


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