The present conflict between the Western governments and the Islamic Republic of Iran can have disastrous human, political and social consequences. The terrible experience of Iraq has shown to all the catastrophes that can result from economic sanctions and a military attack. Deterioration of living conditions, economic plight, death, destruction and displacement of people, and increased repression by the Islamic regime, would be some of the immediate consequences of economic sanctions or a military attack on Iran. This policy would unleash Islamic terrorism on a regional scale and escalate it internationally.
We must stand up with all our power to the US government’s and its allies’ bullying. We must put an end to the crimes of the opposite pole, i.e. Islamic terrorism. We must help the people of Islam-stricken countries to get rid of the menace of Islamic terrorist states and forces. American militarism and Islamic terrorism have brutalised the world. Neither of them has a solution to the present crisis and its resulting problems. Rather, they are themselves the cause of this crisis and its aggravation. Civilised humanity must rise up against both these poles and the suffering that they have imposed on the world. The human and genuine solution to the problem of nuclear weapons, to Islamic terrorism and its horrific crimes against the people of the world, and to the militaristic bullying of the US and Western governments lies in the hands of us people.
Amid all this, the struggle of the people of Iran for freedom holds a prominent and critical place. For years there has been a mass social movement in Iran against the Islamic regime and for liberty and equality. The triumph of this movement over the Islamic Republic of Iran would be a decisive blow to political Islam and Islamic terrorism throughout the world. It would also be a powerful response to the US government’s political-military interventionism aimed at regime change, in the name of “exporting democracy”, and imposition of reactionary puppet regimes on other societies. The victory of the Iranian people would be a giant step forward and a turning point in the struggle against militarist and Islamic terrorism and in defence of liberty, civilisation and universal rights for all throughout the world.
We, the undersigned, declare:
1- No to war, No to economic sanctions
Economic sanctions and a military strike on Iran will have catastrophic human, political and social consequences. What happened in Iraq should not be repeated in Iran. These threats must stop immediately.
2- No to US militarism, No to political Islam
In the conflict between the state terrorism of the West and Islamic terrorism, the civilised world is not represented. Both sides of this conflict are reactionary and inhuman. They must be driven back.
3- Nuclear disarmament of all states
Neither Iran, nor the USA, nor any other state should have nuclear weapons. The Iranian regime’s nuclear project must stop immediately. However, states which have the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons themselves are not competent authorities to judge on the nuclear capability of other states. Halting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear project is the task of the freedom-loving people of the world, in particular the people of Iran – just as the nuclear disarmament of all states and liberation from the global nuclear nightmare can only be achieved by the struggle of the people of the world.
4- Attacks on civil liberties in the West in the name of ‘war on terror’ must stop
The governments in the West are violating or restricting civil rights and liberties in the name of fighting the terrorist threat and safeguarding security. Increased surveillance and control of citizens, curtailing freedom of expression and movement and denying the rights of immigrants are some of the commonest forms that this attack on people’s rights is taking. This must be stopped. No excuse for an attack on civil rights and liberties is acceptable.
5- We actively support the struggle of the people of Iran against a military attack and against the Islamic Republic of Iran
For 27 years the people of Iran have been fighting against repression, violation of women’s rights, sexual apartheid, stoning, torture, execution of political prisoners and poverty and economic deprivation. The people of Iran want to and can determine their own political destiny. Support for the struggle of the Iranian people for freedom, the victory of this struggle against the Islamic Republic and the establishment of people’s own direct rule will be a crucial step in standing up to the US government’s bullying and a decisive blow to Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and the world.
6- The Islamic Republic must be expelled from the international community
The Islamic regime in Iran must be kicked out of the international community, just like the racist South African regime, for 27 years of crimes against humanity, for the brutal suppression of the rightful struggles of the people, for the execution of over one hundred thousand political prisoners, for establishing a sexual apartheid in Iran and for promoting Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and throughout the world. We call for the non-recognition of the Islamic Republic as the representative of the Iranian people, for the ending of diplomatic ties with it and the closure of its embassies everywhere. We call for the expulsion of the regime from international institutions.
We invite all humanitarian, secular, anti-war and freedom-loving organisations, forces, parties and individuals in the world to sign this Manifesto and join the Third Camp to confront both poles of terrorism.
Initial list of signatories:
Mina Ahadi, Coordinator, International Committee against Stoning, Germany (including organisation).
Homa Arjomand, International Campaign against the Sharia Court in Canada and Director of Children First Now, Canada (including organisation).
Ophelia Benson, editor of Butterflies and Wheels, deputy editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine, and co-author of ‘Why Truth Matters’, USA.
Nazanin Boroumand, Coordinator, Never Forget Hatun Campaign, Germany (including organisation).
Denis Cobell, President of the National Secular Society, Chair of Right to Refuse to Kill, and former Asst. Editor of Hyde Park Socialist, UK.
Deeyah, singer and composer, USA.
Caroline Fourest, writer, editor in chief of Prochoix, and author of several books, France.
Mersedeh Ghaedi, political prisoner in Iran for 8 years, Norway.
Tommy Gorman, writer, Ireland.
Hakeem Hasan, Secretary of the Health Care Workers’ Council in Nasiriyah, Iraq (including organisation).
Reinhard Hascha, Historian, Germany.
Farshad Husseini, Deputy Director, International Federation of Iranian Refugees, the Netherlands (including organisation).
Khayal Ibrahim, Head of Women’s Liberation of Iraq, Germany (including organisation).
Parvin Kaboli, Spokesperson of the International Campaign for Defence of Women’s Rights in Iran, Sweden (including organisation).
Hartmut Krauss, editor of ‘Hintergrund’, Germany.
Terry Liddle, Chair of Lewisham Humanist Group, UK.
Azar Majedi, Chair of the Organisation of Women’s Liberation, UK (including organisation).
Manochehr Masouri, webmaster of the International Committee against Executions, Sweden (including organisation).
Sean MacAughey, journalist, Ireland.
Reza Moradi, activist of the Young Communists’ Organisation (including organisation), UK.
Anthony McIntyre, writer, former Republican prisoner and H-Blocks blanket protester in Maze prison in the 70s and 80s, Ireland.
Kevin McQuillan, former chairperson of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Ireland.
Maryam Namazie, Writer, Director of the Worker-communist Party of Iran’s International Relations, and 2005 winner of the National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year award, UK.
Richard O’Rawe, author of Blanketmen, Ireland.
Liam O Ruairc, Communications Worker, Ireland.
Fariborz Pooya, Director Iranian Secular Society, UK (including organisation).
Mohammad Reza Pooya, editor of Secular, the Netherlands (including publication).
Terry Sanderson, veteran of secular and gay activism, author of nine books with a journalistic career spanning 30 years and vice president of The National Secular Society, UK.
Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Giordano Bruno Foundation, Germany.
Antoine Sfeir, director of Les cahiers de l’Orient, and author of several books such as Les réseaux d’Allah (2001) et Liberté, égalité, Islam: la République face au communautarisme (2005), France.
Jalil Shahbaz, representative of the Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq, Germany (including organisation).
Issam Shukri, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Left Worker-communist Party of Iraq, Iraq (including organisation).
Bahram Soroush, Public Relations of the International Labour Solidarity Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, UK (including organisation).
Hamid Taqvaee, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, (including organisation).
To add your signature to the Manifesto, email [email protected] Moreover, please feel free to publish it.
For more information, the press can contact any of the signatories or Maryam Namazie at [email protected], telephone: +44 (0) 7719166731.