Petition Drive by Iran National Front in coordination
To: The Honorable Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner
on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
A copy of this petition drive will be send to the followings:
The Honorable Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa
The Honorable Vaclav Havel, President of Czech Republic
The Honorable Maurice Danby Copithorne, Special Representative on Iran
Mr. Hanny Megally, Director of Middle East Watch, New York
Ms. Karen Kennerly, Pen American Center, New York
Mr. William F. Schulz, Executive Director, Amnesty International, New
Ms. Nancy Bothne, Amnesty International Midwest, Chicago
Director, Amnesty International, Washington D.C.
Ms. Cosette Thompson, Amnesty International, San Francisco
Mr. Joe Baker, Amnesty International, Culver City Los Angeles
Iranian Human Right Working Group (IHRWG)
Democracy Network of Iran (DNI)
We are outraged to learn of the brutal and gruesome killing of two prominent
opposition leaders in Iran, Mr. Dariush Forouhar and Mrs. Parvaneh Eskandari-Forouhar
on Sunday, November22, 1998. We are sending this
fax/e-mail to you to ask for your expression of condemnation and outrage
against this extra-judicial execution. We are also very concerned about
the safety and security of other opposition members in Iran, including
Mr. Abbas Amir-Entezam who remains in jail.
For your information, Mr. and Mrs. Forouhar were found stabbed to death
in their home in Tehran on November 22, 1998. Both of their bodies were
The similarity of this gruesome crime and the past assassinations of
other IRI's critics and opponents, both inside and outside Iran, are horrifying
and deserves the most urgent attention by international HR organizations.
Mr. and Mrs. Forouhar had recently called for a boycott of the elections
of the Council of Experts. Also, a few months ago, Iran revolutionary commander,
Rahim Safavi, had vowed to "behead" and "cut the tongues" of the opponents
of the regime.
A few days after the killing of Forouhars, the body of the missing dissident
writer, Mr. Majid Sharif was found in Tehran. The body of Mr. Mohammed
Mokhtari, another prominent dissident writer was found on Wednesday
December 9, 1998. The government officials abducted him, three
days before his brother identified his mutilated and strangulated body.
Mr. Mohammad-Jafar Pouyandeh, a 45 years old translator and author,
has gone missing after he left his Tehran office on Wednesday afternoon,
on December 10, 1998. Meanwhile, another dissident journalist, Mr.
Pirouz Davani has been missing since August 1998!
We strongly protest and condemn the extra-judicial killings of Dariush
and Parvaneh Forouhar, Majid Sharif and Mohammad Mokhtari. We call
for formation of independent investigative committee to probe these killings
and the two disappearances in Iran.
We the undersigned would like to ask you to send a fact-finding mission
to Iran to investigate the killing of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar, Majid
Sharif and Mohammad Mokhtari and the disappearances of Piruz Davani and
Mohammad-Jafar Pouyandeh. We believe this matter should be investigated
in the context of
illegal activities of the "pressure groups", the "information ministry”,
the "revolutionary guards" and other governmental organizations that might
have links with the semi-legal, semi-governmental “pressure groups”.
Please Email your responce to <KPGBT@aol.com> Dr. Koroosh Parsa
Iran National Front, for democracy (INF)
Dept. of International Affairs
Director: Shahram Kheyltash
P. O. Box 447
Falls Church, VA 22040-0447 USA
Tel: (703) 266-4114
Fax: (703) 471-1101
Dr. Kourosh Parsa, Electrical Engineer, USA
Mr. Shahram Kheiltash, USA
3. Dr. Mohammad Eghtedari, Economist, USA
4. Manijeh Saba, Lecturer, USA
5. Ebrahim Soujeri, PhD Student, EEEng., Turkey
6. Kokab Bahoosh, Student, U.A.E.
7. Dr. Hosein Abghari, Professor, USA
8. Ali Khalili, Accountant, Canada
9. Dr. Esmail Nooriala, Persian poet, writer and literary critic, Colorado,USA.
10. Farhad Abdolian, Hardware designer, Sweden
11. Dr. Mehran Sam, USA
12. Siavash Enayati, Software Engineer, USA
13. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Associate Professor of History, Illinois State
14. Sohrab Foruzan, Informatiker , Germany
15. Arash Izadi, businessman, Canada
16. Sohayl Shambashi, Consulting Engineer, San Diego, USA
17. Dr. Mansour Farhang, Professor of Political Science/ Bennington College,
U. S. A.
18. F. Saadat, Researcher, USA
19. Mr.. Mansour Kavianpour, Vice President of Product Development, USA
20. Mrs. Marieke Kavianpour, USA
21. Hamid S. Assadi, Student, Dominica
22. Mohsen Abdi, Structural Engineer, USA
23. Sam Ghandchi, Engineering Director, U.S.A.
24. Siobhan Gibbons, College administrator, USA
25. Dr. M. GhaemMagham, physician, USA
26. Tara Etemadi, Systems Engineer, U.S.A
27. Jerome W. Clinton, Professor Princeton University, USA
28. Navid Golshahi, Engineer, USA
29. Majid Maleki, Systems Analyst, USA
30. Roya Motamed Zaman, Multimedia producer, USA
31. Farnaz Ravandi, Software Engineer, USA
32. DR. VALENTINE M. MOGHADAM, DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S STUDIES, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, USA
33. Dr. Sassan Pejhan, Electrical Engineer, USA
34. Maryam Pirnazar, Communications Consultant, San Francisco, USA
35. Mehrdad Mohebbi, Electrical Engineer, USA
36. Jalil Farid, Consulting Engineer, Sweden
37. Susan Ghaemi, Australia
38. Behdad Forghani, Engineer, USA
39. J. Naghizadeh, Ph.D., Research Physicist, U.S.A.
40. Hossein B. Zadeh, Human Rights Activist, UK
41. Dr. Masoud Karim-Nia, Chemistry Engineere, Germany
42. Hamid Beheshti, Germany
43. Alireza Azizi, Physicist, USA
44. Dr Majid Ghoddusi, Electron Microscopist, Australia