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SUBJ: ABOUT IRAN: PLEASE HELP TO PROTEST GREECE DATE: 97-04-15 01:35:36 EDT
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ABOUT IRAN HAS ASKED ITS ACTIVISTS AND READERS TO SEND THE FOLLOWING LETTER OF APPEAL TO THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER. A COPY MAY ALSO BE E-MAILED TO THE GREEK EMBASSAY AT GREECE@GREEKEMBASSY.ORG

APRIL 1997
HIS EXCELLENCY, CONSTANTINE SIMITIS
PRIME MINISTER OF GREECE
MERGARO MAXIMOU, 19 HERODOU ATTIKOU STREET 10674, ATHENS, GREECE
BY FAX: (212) 490-5894
C/O HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR CHRISTOS ZACHARAKIS PERMANENT MISSION OF GREECE TO THE UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

Your Excellency, Constantine Simitis:

As an Iranian concerned about human rights in Iran, I am very disappointed to learn that your government has decided not to recall its ambassador from Iran, following the verdict of the Berlin Court. As you know, the Berlin Court found that the "Political Leadership in Iran," including Mr. Ali Khamenie, Iranís supreme leader, President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsani and Mr. Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranís Foreign Minister, ordered Mr. Ali Fallahian, Iranís Intelligence Minister, to carry out the killings of three Iranian Kurdish leaders and their translator in the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin in 1992. I am wondering if this does not constitute a crime of the highest order? However, I am sure that you would not allow such a terrible and inhuman crime to take place in your country.

Perhaps you are not informed that the killings in Germany were only one example of dozens of assassinations of the opponents of the Islamic Republic in Europe. For years, the Islamic Republic has been implementing the policy of extra-judicial executions against its opponents. In 1991, the agents of the Islamic Republic butchered the bodies of the former Prime Minister of Iran, Dr. Shapur Bakhtiar, and his associate, in Paris. The court in Paris found that the assassination was plotted in Tehran, but failed to specifically mention the "political leadership in Iran," as the court has done in Berlin. For another example, Mr. Gholam Keshavarz, an exiled political activist, was gunned down in Cyprus in 1989, while he was visiting with his mother.

Moreover, for the last 18 years, a totalitarian theocracy has been ruling Iran. The ruling clergy has been massively violating all human and democratic rights of Iranians. Thousands have been executed since the revolution. Non-Muslims have been generally treated as second class citizens and Bahais have been brutally suppressed and many of them executed. Women have been forcefully veiled and they too have had to struggle against being treated as second class citizens. And most recently, there has been a campaign of intimidation and terror, including the use of kidnapping, torture and killings against dissident writers in Iran. The most recent victims include: Mr. Ebrahim Zal-Zadeh, who was kidnapped and killed, Mr. Faraj Sarkoohi, who was earlier kidnapped and tortured and who is now in detention, and Ms. Parvin Ardalan, who was Mr. Sarkoohiís associate.

You can certainly relate to the struggle of Iranians for freedom because of your own countryís struggle against the dictatorial rule of the generals in the 1970s. Iranian people supported your struggle. In your movement, you had many people who worked hard for making Greece free again. One of those people was Ms. Melina Merkouri, your world renowned artist and former Culture Minister. Many Iranians in exile today, identify with and admire Greek heroes and heroines such as Melina Merkouri.

Mr. Prime Minister, please do not close your eyes to the survivors of all those freedom loving and peaceful opponents of the Islamic Republic who have been executed in Iran and abroad. Please re-consider your governmentís decision and recall your ambassador from Tehran. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

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