Joint statement of Nobel laureates in support of Free Iran Summit 2022
42 Nobel laureates issued a statement in support of the Free Iran World Summit 2022. They expressed their support for Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They also supported the anti-clerical regime demonstrations by the Iranian people. In part, the statement reads as follows: “The Iranian regime is trying to spread despair among the youth by claiming that there is no alternative to its rule and that the only remaining choice is between the current theocracy and the former monarchical dictatorship. This is while the Iranian people, in their demonstrations and protests, are constantly chanting that “Neither the Shah nor the Mullah, damned be both of them”.
“We, the undersigned Nobel laureates, express our deep concern over the appalling and deteriorating state of human rights in Iran,” the statement read.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed grave concern in his most recent report to the UN Human Rights Council on June 21, 2022, regarding the rise in executions in Islamic Iran as well as “patterns of arbitrary deprivation of life due to excessive force used by the authorities against border couriers, peaceful protesters, and those in detention continued with impunity.”
While Hassan Rouhani ended his eight-year term last summer with nearly 5,000 executions, since Ebrahim Raisi became the regime’s president, the number of executions has skyrocketed. Since he took office, nearly 480 people have been put to death. As the Iranian people have risen up to demand their rights since the beginning of 2022, anti-regime demonstrations and protests have persisted in cities and towns all over Iran.
In order to accomplish this goal, Khamenei was compelled to end the forty-year show of “reformists versus fundamentalists” in his regime and install Raisi as president to impose a much harsher regime last year. Raisi is one of the officials accountable for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, 90% of whom were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), over the course of a few weeks.
“We, the Nobel laureates, join hundreds of prominent personalities from the five continents and tens of thousands of Iranians outside Iran to express solidarity with the Free Iran World 2022 Summit for freedom and democracy in Iran. We believe that the great desire of the Iranian people for freedom is represented in the opposition leader Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for the future of Iran, which calls for universal suffrage, free elections, and a market economy, and advocates gender, religious, and ethnic equality, a foreign policy based on peaceful coexistence, and a non-nuclear Iran,” the statement concluded.