International Support Growing for Iran’s Legitimate Rights

A1128883 (1)Support for the Iranian people’s legal and legitimate rights of self-determination and sovereignty is growing as the new round of negotiations between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany) is about to start in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

A statement demanding the immediate lifting of sanctions and an end to war threats on Iran, which was drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran and initially endorsed by Ramsey Clark and the International Action Center, has gained the support of many known antiwar activists.

The text of the statement which also calls for recognition of the internationally recognized right of the Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as well as a partial list of the statement signers are included below.

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The Hands off Iran petition/statement has been supported by:
Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Executive Director SURVIVE Foundation, President of the 63rd Session of UN General Assembly;
Ramsey Clark, human rights attorney, former Attorney General of the United States;
George Galloway, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West, UK, author, journalist, broadcaster,
Cynthia McKinney, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; US Presidential candidate of Green Party,
Mike Gravel, former member of the U.S. Senate;
Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, organizer of Camp Casey, 2012 vice-presidential nominee of Peace and Freedom Party;
Teresa Gutierrez, coordinator of May1 Worker & Immigrant Rights Coalition, deputy secretary general of the International Migrant Alliance;
Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center (IAC); coordinator of Campaign
Sibel Edmonds, founder of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – NSWBC;
Art Olivier, former mayor of Bellflower, California, US;
Dr. Franklin Lamb, Director of Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace, volunteer with Palestine Civil Rights Campaign;
Sofia M. Clark, International Campaign for Reinventing the United Nations – Survive Foundation – Managua;
Hamid Shahrabi, Co-director of SI Solidarity with Iran, Research Director of House of Latin America (HOLA)
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG), contributor at Strategic Cultural Foundation (SCF), Moscow;
Stephen Lendman, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG) and Host on the Progressive Radio Network;
Michael Parenti, author, lecturer, advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network and Education Without Borders;
Phil Wilayto, author and a co-founder of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality;
Brenda Stokely, co-founder of the Million Worker March Movement, former Pres. of DC 1707 AFSCME – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees;
Amir Tafreshi, Director of House of Latin America (HOLA);
Ardeshir Ommani, President of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);
Eleanor Ommani, antiwar activist and Co-founder of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);
Ismael Hossein-zadeh, author, political analyst and Professor Emeritus, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa;
Abdol Soofi, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
Elizabeth Eslami, Iranian-American author;
Randy Short, member of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organization;
Kazem Azin, SI Solidarity with Iran in the US;
Karen L. Hall, American television writer, received Humanities Prize, Women in Film Luminas Award, seven Emmy Award Nominations;
Rodney Shakespeare, co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, member Christian Council for Monetary Justice;
Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice;
Judy Bello, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars,
Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Bishop of the Diocese Of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas;
Joe Lombardo, a coordinator of UNAC – United National Antiwar Coalition;
* Hands Off Iran Statement drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran.
Supported by the International Action Center and many others who oppose the sanctions and threats against Iran.

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