| 10.06,15. 05:43 PM |
Invitation to the June 13, 2015 Gathering in
By: Heshmat Alavi
The Middle East is in state of peril and chaos that is unprecedented in recent
history. There are wars raging in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and these are
increasingly taking on the appearance of one overarching sectarian conflict.
Islamic fundamentalism is growing on both sides of this divide, becoming more
than an isolated geopolitical concern and leaving the West struggling to
understand how to prevent it from threatening the very heart of modern,
And at the center of all of this stands the Iranian regime, tying together the
forces of Shiite extremism, driving recruitment for their Sunni opponents, and
using a perversion of the Muslim faith to justify domestic abuses and dangerous
regional policies. Almost two years into the tenure of Hassan Rouhani as the
regime’s president, the human rights situation in Iran has been on a slippery
slope and reform and moderation are as elusive as ever. Notwithstanding the
issue of Iran’s nuclear program, Tehran faces a moribund economy, rampant and
pervasive state corruption, a restive and disillusioned population,
intensifying factional feuding, and further regional isolation.
On June 13, Iranian communities the world over will gather in Paris in their
biggest gathering ever, to stand up to Tehran, to highlight its egregious
polices as the epicenter of Islamic extremism, and to call for a new Western
policies that address the changing dynamics of the most volatile and
strategically important region of the world while supporting democratic and
anti-fundamentalist local movements and populations.
In addition to Iranians, some 1,000 political figures, activists, and religious
leaders will participate in this rally, representing over 100 countries, five
continents, and a range of socio-political backgrounds.
Each of these figures will join in condemning the policies of the Islamic
Republic and express support for the Iranian resistance and its call for regime
change and a free, democratic, non-nuclear Iran.
The June 13 Paris event is the highlight of a wide-ranging, global campaign by
Iranians and their supporters from all walks of life. The problems and issues
addressed by that campaign are not localized to Iran but address the entire
crisis in the region, and the Western policies that may address it.
We urge all persons who are concerned about those issues to join us in Paris on