January 22, 2018

NCPDA Statement – July 21, 2009

NCPDA Statement
Contact: Nasser Rashidi
Dir. Tel: 202-487-6989
July 21, 2009

As Iran’s Tyrants Fall, We Must Support U.N. Supervised Elections, Tougher Sanctions

More than fifty years after the U.S. supported coup that toppled the elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh, the ongoing protests in Iran have again put America at a historic crossroads. This time, unlike in 1953, the United States must identify itself with the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom,
democracy, and secular governance.

Events of post-election Iran have unequivocally proven that the very system of governance and the basis of power and privilege for the mullahs have been stripped of religious and electoral legitimacy. Indeed, the
Iranian regime has long been a “virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus.”

The prevailing U.S. policy says NCPDA Executive Director, Mr. Nasser Rashidi, “has sought to encourage
reform within the regime in Iran and failed to isolate a religious dictatorship bent on spreading its fiery brand of Islamic fundamentalism. The Iranian people have now shown the world that no concession is going to dissuade the mullahs from continuing their ominous objectives.”

NCPDA echoes the sentiments of the Iranian people and believes that the only solution for Iran is a democratic change, total abolishment of the clerical establishment, and U.N. supervised free elections. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council, and U.N. member nations must:

a. Cut all political and diplomatic relations with Iran until such time that it completely ceases the ongoing crackdown.
b. Refrain from recognizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president.
c. Impose restrictions against Iranian leadership travel abroad.
d. Impose economic, diplomatic, and arms sanctions against the clerical regime.

We call on governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights activists, and concerned citizens to take an active in defending democracy and freedom in Iran. Although the immediate impact will be felt by the people in Iran, implications do impact the security and stability of the global community.