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Consequences of the Open-Letter of Mousavi and Karroubi’ families to the World

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Two days after the open-letter of families of the three jailed leader of the Iranian Green Movement–Mr.Mir-Hossein Mousavi,Mr.Mehdi Karroubi, and Mrs.Zahra Rahnavard- was published by Sahamnews, and Kaleme, which are affiliated with, repectively, Karroubi, and Mousavi, new pressures on the families have been reported by Kaleme news site.

The English version of the Mousavi & Karroubi families is posted on this blog, but I would like to draw your attention to the following excerpts of the aforementioned letter:

We demand the rulers of lives, property, and dignity of [Iranian] people to return to the rational path of law, common sense, and [choose] the benefit of the people and the country, instead of choosing anti-religious, unpatriotic, and inhuman ways to oppress all the critics, and opposition [, a practice] that has taken [our] country to the edge of destruction and war.

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“Free our abused and renitent prisoners, all the political prisoners, and all the prisoner of conscience who are all over Iran. A nation and a country with such dignity and pride does not deserve to suffer from all these political and economical hurdles, and, God forbid, a war.”

As expected, such harsh criticism of the Islamic government by the families of the most prominent political prisoners in Iran will not go unpunished.Today, according to Kaleme, security agents threatened to arrest daughters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, and banned one of the daughters from work. She is an art lecturer  in Alzahra University,Tehran.Her mother, Zahra Rahnavard, was the president of Alzahra University before being fired in the first term of the Mahmoud Ahmadineajd’s presidency in 2004.

According to Kaleme, no reason has been presented as to why daughter of Mousavi & Rahnavard is banned from teaching.

Kaleme reports agents threatened the daughters that they will be arrested and will be taken to a place where nobody will know their whereabouts.

According to the Farsi WIKIPEDIA page of Zahra Rahnavard, she and Mir-Hossein Mousavi have three daughters:  Kowkab, Zahra, and Narges.

This is not the first time that security forces of Iran have threatened, arrested, or tortured the families of the political prisoners.

Families of Mousavi and Karroubi issue a joint open-letter to the World (English Translation)

(L)Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, Fatemeh Karroubi, Mehdi Karroubi(R)

Today,facebook page of Sahamnews posted the joint open-letter of families of Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi–  imprisoned leaders of the Green movement of Iran and the symbol of Iranians’ protest to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran,  and Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran.

This open-letter is issued, interestingly, just a few days to the anniversary of the last protest in Iran Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi asked Iranians to participate in.

Families of  Mousavi and Karroubi ask Iranians and the World to demand freedom of all the political prisoners of Iran. The letter is addressed to the “oppressed,harmed,& selfless compatriots”  and “Those who seek justice & freedom in the World.”

The letter reads:

It’s been nearly a year since our dears have been under a so-called house arrest, that is a legal irregularity,but, it has turned into a mysterious and eerie  form of imprisonment, all because our dears asked [the government] for a march permit for Feb 14.Surely, you remember the march was intended to support the anti-authoritarian movements [i.e., Arab Spring] of the region. A deed that is a not only  a crime for you, or your jailed comrades, at any time, but it is a sign of  social progress and a growing sense of responsibility [in our country].

The letter goes on to mention the the honorable services of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, as the Prime Minister during the eight-year war with Iraq, and  Mehdi Karroubi’s role as the speaker of Iran’s Parliament for eight years. After pointing out the vetting process that both Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi went through, and were finally admitted to run in the 2009 Presidential Election by the  Guardian Council, the letter mentions the unfair and illegal campaigning methods of the rival [incumbent President Ahmadinejad].

The  results of the election, which was totally unexpected, and against all the evidence and documentations, caused millions of people to protest, as it is legal according to the Constitution. They [Mousavi and Karroubi] voiced their protests [as well] and stood with the people.  They were beaten and sacrificed, and had to endure numerous conspiracies and the vicious harassment of  thugs who attacked their homes.

The letter states that after all the troubles that Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had to face, they are now under a so-called house arrest, which has no legal justification, nor anybody has taken responsibility for this “inhuman act.”

We, the family members [of these three], would like to clearly state that our dears are in prison against their will , and [it is] in clear violation of the law.Except for a few phone calls, and a few short and controlled visits, our dears have been held incommunicado for a year.They have been deprived of their rights. So far, no official has taken responsibility for the current state. No neutral monitoring body is observing the condition of the food, drugs,and  health of our dears.And, there are growing concerns about their security and whereabouts, and these worries are increasing daily for us.

The letter points to the talking point of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is to claim  Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are under house “protection” because their lives are in danger. The letter considers this claim an outright lie.  The letter goes on:

Now, we, the families of Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, announce, on their behalf,that we and our [imprisoned] dears protest this arrest whether it is house arrest or not, and we demand an end to this inhuman and illegal action. The perpetrators of these actions are well aware that no subsidence will occur in the will and determination of our dears to demand their rights, to defend and support the ideals of millions of our compatriots  who expressed themselves on the streets [of Iran], those who gave their blood, and gave tens of martyrs, those who were arrested, tortured, and were stricken by other problems , and thousands of political prisoners who are standing their ground.

We demand the rulers of lives, property, and dignity of [Iranian] people to return to the rational path of law, common sense, and [choose] the benefit of the people and the country, instead of choosing anti-religious, unpatriotic, and inhuman ways to oppress all the critics, and opposition [, a practice] that has taken [our] country to the edge of destruction and war.

For the rights deprived from our dears,as they can be symbols of the deprived rights of the Iranian people,especially the righteous martyrs, and the innocent prisoners, we, the families of Messrs.Mousavi and Karroubi, who have unabatedly kept their promises to the [Iranian] people on defending their rights, ask all the oppressed, suffering, and selfless compatriots, and all the justice-seeking,and freedom-loving humans, those who seek a real democracy along with the Iranians inside Iran, those who could be anywhere in the World,to reflect our justice-seeking voice.And, send our message to the World:

“Free our abused and renitent prisoners, all the political prisoners, and all the prisoner of conscience who are all over Iran. A nation and a country with such dignity and pride does not deserve to suffer from all these political and economical hurdles, and, God forbid, a war. ”

Families of Mehdi Karroubi and  Mir-Hossein Mousavi

18 Bahman 1390

[February 7, 2012]

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