February 20, 2018

NCPDA Statement – July 25, 2009

NCPDA Statement
Contact: Nasser Rashidi
Dir. Tel: 202-487-6989
July 25, 2009

In Solidarity with Iran Uprising: Support U.N. Supervised Elections, Tougher Sanctions

The National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates joins Amnesty International, Iranian-Americans, NGO’s, and concerned citizens across the globe in observing the worldwide day of solidarity with the Iranian people (June 25, 2009).  We call for solidarity of republican forces who reject the velayat-e-faghih regime in Iran, its different oppressive organs, and who struggle to establish a free, democratic, and independent government based on separation of church and state.

Events of post-election Iran have unequivocally proven that the system of governance and the basis of power/privilege for the rulers in Iran is now void of religious and electoral legitimacy.  The Iranian people have told the world that no concession is going to dissuade the mullahs from continuing their ominous objectives. The United States government should now seize this historic opportunity to align itself with the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom, human rights, democracy, and secular governance.

The prevailing approach has thus far been to encourage reform within the regime in Iran. This policy has failed to isolate a religious dictatorship which is bent on violating the most basic rights of its citizens.

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. Accordingly, the United Nations Security Council, and U.N. member nations must:

a. Cut all political and diplomatic relations with Iran until such time that the ongoing crackdown is stopped.
b. Impose sanctions, travel restrictions against Iranian leadership, and refer the case of those responsible for the continuing brutality to the appropriate international investigative and prosecution body.