Dear Kofi Annan

Dear Kofi Annan
: Ali sends an open letter to Kofi Annan urging help for Iran:

…If the world community does not take an urgent and timely action it is feared that the Iranian regime may observe no limits in its suppression of the demonstrators.

With regard to the above, we the undersigned request your urgent help so that another human tragedy can be prevented before the Islamic Republic’s regime causes a bloodbath in Iran. Protests and demonstrations are a democratic right of the Iranian people and it is a duty of the world democrats to defend this right. We ask you as a responsible authority to respond to this appeal:

1)Condemn the inhumane crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran and demand that it stops the suppression and use of violence against the demonstrators.

2)Send immediately an international team to observe the situation in Iran.

3)Support the general demand of the Iranian people for a referendum and free elections observed by international organisations.

Please act urgently so that another human tragedy can be prevented in time.

The letter also gives us good background on the significance of July 9 and the ongoing demonstrations for democracy.

UPDATE: Here’s where you can sign this letter as a petition.

Dear President Bush
: offers three letters to send to President Bush. One tells him to support the student demonstrations. Another tells him to offer only moral support. The third says the U.S. should do nothing. Take your pick.

Dear Ayatollah Khamenei
: And here’s Human Rights Watch’s letter to the supreme leader.

: You can see this ying-yang of opinion in my comments below: One Iranian commenter thanking bloggers for support, another warning that such support can put people in danger.

And you see this exact debate at, where Setareh Sabety lectures Iranian exiles and emigres:

Iranians abroad must unite under one cause: the protection of the human rights of those protesting in Iran. It is the duty of those Iranians who live in democracies to try their best to do what they can to protect the Iranians that have mustered enough courage to take to the streets in Iran and demand a regime change….

But this very right, that Iranians abroad possess, to differ with one another, is exactly what is needed in Iran. The right to speak ones mind without fear of being imprisoned or beaten up is the most basic first step to achieving democracy….

I asked friends who live in France and have French nationality why they did nothing to protest the comment made by their foreign minister that Iran was a democratic nation. They looked stunned as if they, in fact, as French who cared for their motherland, had a duty to voice their anger about France’s repeated appeasement of the theocratic regime….

[We should] unite and demand our respective host nations and the international community as a whole to put pressure on the regime to avoid imprisonment and bloodshed? Is that not the best that Iranians abroad can do for the youth within our borders?

: Andrew Sullivan wonders why Iran is still page-three news in the Times.

  • Sohrab

    It is a stupid reason if we say any support put people in danger! is there more danger than the current dangers?
    I was in tehranpars (east of tehran) last night and when someone honk, police spray the car with red color, when i compare it with the day before president Bush comment which a police run at the next car to me and take his gun and make it ready for fire and shout to them “get out of car” (there was 4 young girls in that car)and they scream that we didnt do anything (they really didnt anything)… i think the support of media and other make everything easier for us.
    so keep up the good work, you are real friends.

  • Jeff, since this post features letters I thought I would alert you, that is if you aren’t aware already, to the existence of a letter written by Nasrin Mohammadi concerning the inprisonment, torture and disappearance of his brother Manouchehr while in detention at the Information Ministry.
    The letter was posted by an individual who goes by the handle of Doctor ZIn on the Iranian Alert Live Thread at Free
    I will not post the letter in your comments as it is rather long. I will add that Nasrin’s letter includes a form letter and many media and .gov email addresses, including the White House, which Nasrin hopes people will use to “mobilize support to free not only Manouchehr and [their] younger brother Akbar, but also thousands of their fellow prisoners of conscience.”
    The in-thread link to the letter is above, but here it is again: Nasrin’s letter re: his brother Manouchehr