To the Foreign Minister/Secretary of State:
Habibollah Latifi is scheduled to be executed this Sunday. He is an “A” student in the field of industrial engineering. He loves nature, topography, and mountain climbing. He is a student who, like millions of other people in Iran, wants nothing more than his human right to freedom. He has spent the past three years under torture at the hands of the Islamic Republic, languished for months on end in solitary confinement, and endured grievous brutality, once nearly dying from being kicked and beaten with batons by half a dozen men intent on breaking his body because they could not touch his spirit.
Habibollah Latifi is scheduled to be executed this Sunday. But I am not writing to you to ask you for another condemnation of the criminal regime that is responsible for issuing his death sentence.
In fact, it is time for governments and their organizations to stop issuing condemnations of this regime’s atrocities – condemnations that become meaningless the moment those for whom rape is a national policy are welcomed onto the UN Commission on the Status of Women, condemnations that ring absurd the instant those who jail, torture and execute labor activists are given leave to set foot in the meetings of the International Labor Organization. Condemnations that become duplicitous the second that the German government defends the regime of mass-murderers by smashing the bones of people crying out for human rights. Condemnations that ring hollow as the Greek government repeatedly, cravenly sends its forces to attack Iranian refugees.
In the name of Habibollah Latifi, sentenced to die on Sunday, Ja’afar Kazemi, Ali Saremi, Zeinab Jalalian, and thousands of other political prisoners awaiting death in the regime’s torture houses while governments “negotiate” with this regime;
In the name of Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Houli, Mohsen Beikvand, and tens of thousands of other political prisoners already dead, executed en masse while the UN has stood by, watching these crimes against humanity unfolding and doing nothing;
In the name of 500 nameless, paperless human beings slaughtered like animals in Vakil Abad prison in the past few months by this most monstrous of regimes, yet for whom no government has yet raised an inquiry;
In the name of the oceans of women and men, our sisters and brothers, who poured into the streets of Iran last year demanding freedom, equality, and a humane society;
It is time for governments and their organizations to stop mouthing words without meaning, and start acting in support of the human rights of Iranian people. It is time, once and for all, to withdraw your implicit support for this mass-murdering regime and suspend all diplomatic relationships. I demand that you close the doors to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic in this country.
NOTE: For those in the United States, replace the last line with the following:
“I demand that you close the doors to the office of the Islamic Republic in this country.”
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