Ms Irene Khan
Dear Ms Khan
Re: Request to take urgent action to foil the Islamic Republic of Iran’s conspiracy against its opposition
We have recently learnt that the Iranian authorities have asked the INTERPOL to arrest a number of political opponents of its regime. The details and photos of twelve people, including myself, have been posted as "Wanted" on the INTERPOL’s website. All have been accused of acts of terrorism and organised crime. These twelve people are all members and associates of our Party and they are:
These people are all very well-known political activists, opposing the Islamic Republic with a long and established record of efforts to promote freedom of expression; women's rights, workers rights and the rights of children. All of these people are political opponents of the Islamic Republic and have been granted asylum by European states. These people are victims of the Islamic Republic’s terrorist plots and ironically their safety and security have an issue for the respective state that they live.
As far as we know, this is the first time the INTERPOL has agreed to co-operate with a despotic and terrorist government to detain its political opponents with a view to extradite them.
I hope you agree with me that this is a deplorable development. Your organisation is fully aware of the extent of the unlawful and criminal activities of the Iranian government. For the Islamic Republic of Iran to launch such an offensive against people who have devoted their entire lives to the cause of freedom and have strenuously called for unconditional and unrestricted freedom of expression and the respect and recognition of universal rights for all is a step too far.
The implication of this conspiracy, both for the individuals concerned and their families, as well as for the entire political opposition movement against the regime, is worrying indeed. Undoubtedly if this conspiracy is not foiled a dangerous precedent will be made and extended to all states intend on further restricting political dissent even outside their borders.
The initial response from the Iranian opposition activists abroad have been one of outrage and indignation. We are deeply troubled by this development and take it very seriously and shall do our best to mobilise the widest possible public opinion both within the Iranian community outside Iran and the international community. We are also determined to pursue this issue through all possible legal avenues.
This development requires a prompt and strong intervention by all concerned institutions and indeed individuals. I, on behalf of the Iranian opposition, will urge you to take this seriously and give it your urgent consideration. I will be available and happy to discuss this matter further and provide you with further information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran- Hekmatist.
December 18, 2009