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UNIVERSAL ISSUES / We oppose war, sanctions and repression of civil society
Statement by Iranian women’s rights defenders
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 02/06/2019
Original: بیانیه گروهی از کنشگران جنبش زنان ایران
در مخالفت با جنگ، تحریم و فشار بر جامعه مدنی


We oppose war, sanctions and repression of civil society
Statement by Iranian women’s rights defenders

Various Authors - Versch. Autoren -Muhtelif Yazarlar-مؤلفون مُتنوِّعون - نویسندگان مختلف

 

Iranian women’s rights activists have issued a statement condemning the threat of war and sanctions against Iran.  Citing the increased tensions between the US and Iran, the signatories to this statement urge the United Nations, European powers and international women’s movements and organizations to use all in their power to stop this unnecessary and preventable march to war. The statement also stresses the destructive impact of broad economic sanctions on the lives of  ordinary Iranians, especially vulnerable groups. The signatories to the statement have also criticized government officials for using increased threats from the US to further clamp down on civic space and limit the freedoms of citizens. To this end, they have insisted on the rights of Iranians to organize in civil society groups and engage in collective action aimed at improving their society.  The statement further emphasizes that Iran’s indigenous women’s movement has consistently and historically advocated for peace and opposed sanctions. The statement urges  international women’s organizations and movements to support their call by opposing economic sanctions and war against Iran.

Women human rights defenders, journalists, university professors, researchers, artists and university students are among the over 170 who have signed the statement. A translation of the statement follows:


We a group of Iranian women’s movement activists and women’s rights defenders strongly condemn US efforts to stoke yet another war in the Middle East, this time against Iran. The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign, its bellicose posturing and sanctions, hurt the Iranian people most, especially women, children, minorities, refugees, the chronically ill and those with disabilities.

Today sanctions and the threat of war have worn down peace loving Iranians, who struggle merely to survive. While sanctions proponents claim to care for the Iranian people, their policies have left an entire nation, weary, depressed and hopeless. Sanctions, and economic pressure, target the fabric of society and the heart and soul of an entire nation, and cannot be contained to only government entities. It is clear that sanctioning the main channels of the Iranian economy, such exports of oil and metals, as well as Iran’s central bank, will inflict irreparable damage on related industries and services, including the private sector its hard working employees and workers as well as their families. While the independent business sector is destroyed, powerful unaccountable mafia like groups and interests, which are able to evade sanctions, grow wealthier and more powerful.

In 2015 the peace loving Iranian people as well as the international community were pleased when a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached. They had hoped that the accord would end their isolation and reduce the economic pressures brought about by sanctions. The unilateral withdrawal by the Trump administration from the Iran Deal was coupled with renewed and intensified sanctions and a maximum pressure campaign that despite its claims hurts innocent Iranians. The resulting tensions have recently intensified and threats are being made on social media, which promise war and the “end of Iran.”

As multiple experiences in the region have demonstrated, US wars have consistently resulted in increased instability, violence and the emergence of terrorist and extremist groups, while strengthening the hands of the most regressive and authoritarian forces in the region. We remind all those who support war and contribute to ongoing and increased tensions, that another conflict in the war-torn Middle East, will destabilize the entire region and yield horrific destruction and suffering.

It is worth noting that Iranian civil society has been striving for over a century to ensure transparency, accountability, democracy, peace and equality. The constant threat of conflict, the ongoing economic war and regime change rhetoric and efforts, have resulted in increased closure of social and civic space domestically. As a result, the state has increased its efforts to crack down and repress civil society and social movements. To this end the Iranian women’s movement as well as the workers and teachers movements, journalists and human rights activists have consistently demanded that pressures and limitations on civil society and citizen’s be lifted so they can organize around issues of concern. Today, as Iranians, we see not only our livelihoods targeted by sanctions and war, but our civil freedoms and rights curtailed by our own government at a time when the state should be easing pressures on citizens. It is in the absence of the voices of genuine civil society inside the country, that opportunistic groups can speak in our stead, to advocate for isolation, sanctions and war.

These groups based outside of Iran, misguidedly defend and legitimize Trump’s maximum pressure campaign, which seeks to dismantle Iran’s economy, in the name of opposing the Islamic Republic of Iran. They defend sanctions and pressure against Iran, purportedly in the name of pressuring Iranian authorities and supporting the Iranian people.

Those advocating sanctions in the name of human rights, hope the pressure on the Iranian public will bring about a popular uprising or revolution but fail to grasp the reality that weakening the government does not automatically result in strengthening citizens or civil society. In fact, civil society is one of the main victims of these policies. In an environment where people are working primarily to survive and feed their families, human rights and defense of civil society become luxury demands.

Of particular concern to feminist activists are opportunistic celebrity activists, who have claimed fame in the West for speaking about women’s rights or human rights, though online campaigns or other efforts. These individuals are taking positions in support of sanctions and cozying up to warmongers, in the name of women’s rights, Iranian women and the Iranian women’s movement. Make no mistake about it, Iranian feminists and the indigenous Iranian women’s movement, like sister movements around the world, have steadfastly supported peace and opposed sanctions. We believe that positive change for women and society can only happen from within Iran and in an environment of calm and peace.

As such we insist on our right to establish organizations and engage in collective action, so that women’s rights and other civil society activists can engage in collective action, make demands and speak up in these critical times to raise the domestic as well as international concerns of Iranian citizens.

We Iranian women human rights defenders, who are either currently working in Iran or have worked to support women and vulnerable groups in practical ways call on the international community, the United Nations, European governments and international civil society alike, to take all steps possible to stop this unnecessary and completely preventable march to war. We also call on the US to end its maximum pressure campaign against Iranians and to live up to its obligations under the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Most important we urge the international women’s movements and organizations, peace and human rights groups to help amplify our voices in spaces we have been systematically excluded from as a result of state repression and sanctions. We strongly urge them to stand in solidarity with us and speak up against war and sanctions and the continued restriction of our civic space. We however caution them to be vigilant in calling out those who shamelessly and in the name of Iranian women coopt our legitimate demands while cozying up to and strengthening warmongers and proponents of sanctions.

Signatories

 

Name

 

Title

Afsaneh Chehregosha:

Director and Photographer

Afsaneh Salari:

Documentary Filmmaker and Producer

Aida Nosrat:

Musician and Singer

Aida Saadat:

Women’s Rights Activist

Aina Ghotbi Yaghubi:

Women’s Rights Activist, Artist

Akram Ehghaghi:

Journalist

Akram Khatam:

Women’s Rights Activist

Akram Sadeghi:

University Student

AbolFazl Haji-Zadegan:

Social Researcher

Afsaneh Mostofi:

Designer

Ali Darvazehghari:

Professor and Political Activist

Ameneh Shirafkan:

Journalist

Amir Ali AlamehZadeh:

Journalist and Trainer

Aram Rashidi:

Arash Shahsavari:

Asieh Salimian:

Women’s Rights Supporter and Curator

Ayat Najafi:

Filmmaker

Azadeh Kian:

University Professor

Azar Pazhouhandeh:

Women and Refugee Rights Activist and Artist

Azin Mohajerin:

Social Activist, Researcher

Azin Rezaeian:

Women’s Rights Activist

Banafshe Jamali:

Women’s Rights Activist

Delaram Ali:

Women and Children’s Rights Activist

Elahe Mousavi:

Journalist

Elham Afagh:

Women’s Rights Activist

Elham Nejad Hossein:

Designer

Elnaz Ansari:

Women’s Rights Activist

Eshrat-ol-Sadat Razavi Rouhani:

Faezeh Tabatabie:

Lawyer

Farangis Bayat:

Women’s Rights Activists & Gender and Social Researcher

Fariba Chalabi Yani:

Screen Writer and Film Critic

Fariba Pajooh:

Journalist

Farideh Ghaeb:

Women’s Rights Activist

Farideh Qalandari:

Culture and Arts Activist

Farkhondeh Jafari:

Women’s Rights Activist

Farnaz Abdali:

Women’s Rights Activist and Graphic Designer

Farnaz Jamshidi Moghadam:

Filmmaker

Farzaneh Ebrahim Zadeh:

Journalist and Researcher

Fatemeh Farhangkhah:

Women’s Rights Activists, Civil Society Activist

Fatemeh Govaraie:

Women’s Rights Activist and Political Activist

Fatemeh Khorsand Moghaddam:

University Student

Fattaneh Abdolhosseini:

Women’s Rights Activist

Fereshteh Bahrami:

Writer and Researcher

Fereshteh Zaker:

Researcher

Fery Malek-Madani:

Women’s Rights Activist

Ghazal B:

Translator

Ghonche Ghavami:

Women’s Rights Activist

Golaleh Bahrami:

Women’s Rights Activist

Golnar Shahyar:

Musician

Haleh MirMiri:

Social and Cultural Researcher

Hamid Gheysari:

Social Researcher

Hassan Ahmadpour:

Worker

Hasti Vahdat:

University Student

Hoda Siahtiri:

Women’s Rights Activist and Artist

Jelveh Javaheri:

Women’s Rights Activist

Jila Davarpanah:

Women’s Rights Activist

Kurdistan Shahmoradi:

Journalist

Leila Asadi:

Women’s Rights Activist, PhD Candidate

Leila Roostaee:

Women’s Rights Activists

Lida Azad Manesh:

Women’s Rights Activist

M. Mortezavi:

Journalist

M. Roshan:

Engineer

Maede Soltani:

Industrial Engineering Designer

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh:

Women’s Rights Activist

Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh:

Women’s Rights Activist

Mahdis Sadeghi Pooya:

Women’s and Gender Rights Activist and Researcher

Mahnaz Afzali:

Documentary Filmmaker

Mahnaz Mohammadi:

Filmmaker and Women’s Rights Activists

Mahsa Jazini:

Journalist

Mahshid Shamse’Din:

Educator

Mahshid Zandi Asl:

Mahtab Mahmoudi:

Women’s Rights Activist

Manijeh Moazen:

Journalist

Mansoureh Mousavi:

Author and Researcher

Mariam Rahmani:

Women’s Rights Activist

Mariam Roostaee:

Women’s Rights Activist

Marjan Laghaee:

Journalist

Maryam Ashrafi:

Social Documentary Photographer

Maryam Bahreman:

Women’s Rights Activist

Maryam Rezaie:

Journalist

Massoumeh Dehghan:

Educator

Mena Mohammadi:

Painter and Media Presenter

Mina Azizi:

University Student

Mina Orang:

Psychiatrist

Mina Rahimi:

University Student

Minou Momeni:

Journalist

Mira Ghorbanifar:

Journalist and Women’s Rights Activist

Mojgan Ilanlou:

Documentary Filmmaker and Women’s Rights Activist

Mojgan Rafaat:

University Student

Molouk Aziz-zadeh:

Women’s Rights and Civil Society Activist

Nafiseh MohammadPour:

Women and Children’s Rights Activist

Nahid Hassanzadeh:

Filmmaker

Nahid Jafari:

Women’s Rights Activist

Nahid Motie:

Researcher on Gender and Women’s Issues

Nahid Tavassoli:

Women’s Rights Activists, Researcher and Editor

   

Narges Akbari:

Nargess Bajoghli:

University Professor, Researcher

Nasim Abdi:

Musician

Nasim Khosravi:

Women’s Rights Activist, Theatre Director, Writer

Nasim Ramezani:

Social and Arts Activist

Nasrin Maroof:

Lawyer and Journalist

Nayereh Tavakoi:

University Professor, Gender Researcher

Negar Dashti Moghadam:

Chief Editor of Neda Student Publication on Women’s Rights

Negin Bagheri:

Women’s Rights Activist

Niki Akhavan:

Associate Professor Catholic University

Niloofar Fouladi:

Niloofar Vahdat:

Trainer on Gender issues

Nima Ramezani:

Niusha BaniAsadi:

Physician

Noushin Keshavarznia:

Women’s Rights Activist

Okhtay Hosseini:

Social Activist

Ouldouz Ahmadzadeh:

Women’s Rights Activist

Parastou Sarmadi:

Women’s Rights Activist and Political Activist

Pari Bazogh:

Women’s Rights Activist

Pariva Haghighat:

Educator

Parnian Rahimi:

Parvaneh AleBouyeh:

Peace Activist

Parvaneh Fatemeh Hajilou:

Educator

Parvin Fahimi:

Peace Activist

Pershang Vaziri:

University Professor and Filmmaker

Raha Askarizadeh:

Women’s Rights Activist, Communications Expert

Roja Fazaeli:

University Professor, Trinity College, Dublin

Saba Zavareie:

Artist and Researcher

Sadigheh Sabaq Shahri:

Social Activist

Saeedeh AsadiPour:

University Student

Saeedeh Raja:

Women’s Rights Activist

Sahar Maranlou:

University Professor

Sahar Mousavi:

Women and Children’s Rights Activist and Researcher

Sahra Akrami:

Social Activist

Samaneh Khademi:

Gender Equality Activist and Social Researcher

Samaneh Moazam:

Women’s Rights Activist

Samaneh Vaezi:

Civil Society Activist (Board Member Iran Cultural Association of Esteras)

Samin Ghaedi:

Lawyer

Sanam Qiyasi:

Translator

Sanaz HamzeAli:

Women’s Rights Activist

Sara Karimi:

Researher and Journalist

Sara Massoumi:

Journalist

Sarah Loghmani:

Women’s Rights Activist and Author

Sepideh Jodeiri:

Women’s Rights Activist and Poet

Setareh Samavi:

Filmmaker

Shadi Makki:

Journalist

Shadi Mokhtari:

University Professor

Shadi Tayebzadeh:

Researcher

Shahrzad Hemmati:

Journalist

Shima Ghooshe:

Lawyer and Women’s Rights Activist

Shirin Maleki:

Lawyer, Former Member of Human Rights Commission of Iran’s Bar Association

Shiva Nazarahari:

Women’s Rights Activist

Shohre Ahadiat:

Author

Sima Shakhsari:

University Professor

Simin Forouhar:

Women’s Rights Activist

Simin Minou:

Filmmaker and Educator

Soheila Vahdati:

Researcher on Women and Social Issues

Solmaz Eikdar:

Journalist

Somayeh Ghodosi:

Researcher on Women and Social Issues

Somayeh Rashidi:

Women’s Rights Activist

Sussan Tahmasebi:

Women’s Rights Activist

Tahere Meysami:

Office Employee

Tara Ahmadi:

University Student

Tara Tiba:

Musician and Singer

Touraj Saberivand:

Social Activist

Zahra AmirEbrahimi:

Filmmaker

Zahra Madah:

Artist/Painter

Zahra Minouie:

Women’s Rights Activist and Lawyer

Zahra Saberi:

Women’s Rights Activist

Zara Amjadian:

Women’s Rights Activist

Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh:

Gender Equality Activist

Ziba Hajilo:

Photographer

Ziba Mirhosseini:

Researcher

Zohreh Shirafkan:

Women’s Rights Activist

Zohreh Tonekaboni:

Civil Society Activist





Courtesy of Iranian Women
Source: https://jahanezan.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/12345-7021/#more-41814
Publication date of original article: 31/05/2019
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