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Womenís Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Public Statement

CONTACT: press@wfafi.org†††

February 4, 2006

 

Iranian Women Welcome IAEAís Move to Report Tehran to the UN Security Council


BOSTON, MA Ė In its meeting of February 4, 2006, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council. Womenís Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran welcomes this move and calls upon the UN Security Council to also hold Tehran responsible for its gross violations of human rights, particularly state-sponsored violence against Iranian women.  

 

Tehranís fundamentalist regime successfully hid its nuclear program for 18 years until it was exposed by a woman-led Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. Therefore, it is important to recognize Rajaviís contribution along with the struggle of Iranian women against Islamic Fundamentalism in the field of international peace and security. Iranian women believe while due focus should be given to their suffering and quest for freedom and equality, a foreign war is not the answer to defeat Tehranís nuclear danger.  On the nuclear crisis with Tehran, Iranian women emphasize on an Iranian solution and trust a woman-led movement against the regime. Tehranís nuclear disarmament, peace, democracy and gender equality is only possible through Iraniansí endeavor to unseat the fundamentalist regime in Tehran, not a foreign war or continued appeasement.

 

Women have been the prime victims of the clerical regime in Iran. Thousands of women have been imprisoned, tortured and executed since the inception of the Islamic Republic. Teenage girls are raped, publicly hanged, or sold in human trafficking market in the Persian Gulf region.  Women are stoned to death on baseless charges without investigation, legal representation or trial. Women are treated as second-class citizens and violence against women is the official policy of the Tehranís fundamentalist regime. Therefore, Tehranís regime should be referred to the United Nations Security Council not only for its nuclear weapons program but also for its gross violations of human rights and inflicting systemic violence against women.

 

Womenís Forum Against Fundamentalism (WFAFI) in Iran urges UN Security Council to also recognize the linkage between commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the Millennium Declaration. Iranian women emphasize that Tehran must also be held responsible for its gross violations of human rights, particularly state-sponsored violence against women.  

 

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