A declaration by
supporters of the Iranian Green Movement
1. Prologue and Invitation
We, who have put our signatures under this
declaration as a section of intellectual supporters of the Iranian Green
Movement, have come to the conclusion that we are living in a critical
moment when our inevitable historical duty is to introduce our great nation
and those who participate in the Iranian Green Movement, a political
alternative that we think would be beneficial for the future of our country.
We believe that a 31-year long period of
lawlessness, suppression, annihilation of all freedoms, imprisonment of
political thinkers, practicing torture and having no regard for the
provisions of the Human Rights Declaration and International Conventions,
has rendered the present regime of Iran, with all its institutions totally
Without denying the probable necessity of going
through a gradual and non-violent period of change towards the realization
of our demands, we believe that any kind of transition should have a bundle
of clear-cut goals. Our declaration is based on such targets and is based on
our firm belief that the present regime should be dismantled and the
ingredients of a new one, including the form of the future Iranian state,
the Constitutional Assembly, other assemblies and the forming of the new
government should be determined through a series of free elections,
supervised by relevant international institutions.
We have listed our beliefs and goals in the
second section of this declaration and, have established an administrative
office and an Internet site that would merely function as a hub to create a
network through which all secular forces of Iran could communicate and
exchange their thoughts and ideas. We invite all those Iranians who share
these goals to sign this declaration by their real names and join us in good
We say to our compatriots that we are not few
and disabled. Nevertheless, our scattered composure diminishes our
efficiency. To enter this path, no one needs to put aside her/his opinions,
religion, and schools of thought. All Muslims, whether Shiites or Sunni, all
Zoroastrians, Christians, Jews, Baha'is, atheists, and non-believers who
endeavor to create an atmosphere of tolerance and coexistence could consider
themselves as "secular" and join us for the realization of the ideas put
forward in this declaration.
We also invite all those owners of different
media who consider themselves as "secular" to join this effort and
participate in the creation of a powerful secular network that would
endeavor to reflect the true voice of the Iranian nation all over the world.
Dear compatriots, our destination will not be
far away if we walk on the road to the future by friendship and having in
our hearts a deep belief in the necessity of tolerance and coexistence.
2. Our Objectives and Why We Have Chosen
1. We have recognized that the main historical
problem of the Iranian people has been a perpetual suffering caused by
different kinds of discrimination which have manifested themselves with
regard to beliefs, opinions, religions, ethnicities, languages, sexuality,
cultural values, and social opportunities. By declaring an official religion
in the past, and due to 31-year-long governance by the clergies of the Imami
Shiite sect, the number and depth of these discriminations have become
2. We find the key to resolve this historic
problem in building a society that is governed by mundane laws created by
the will of all Iranians, for all of them and in their service, regardless
of any consideration for religious orientations, ethic and sexual identities
or cultural and lingual preferences. Such laws will not divide the nation
into different categories of citizenship but will bestow law, order,
resources and opportunities to every member of the society without any
3. We regard all Iranians as the true owners
of their country, deserving all the provisions of the Declaration of Human
Rights with no religious and ideological considerations and pre-conditions.
The future government of Iran should adhere to all international conventions
that guarantee sexual equality, together with annihilation of
discrimination, torture, political incarceration, death penalty and
deprivation of education and health services, without any condition or
4. We believe that having an "Iranian Nation"
entails the existence of a unified country. We also think that imposing
different discriminations is the main threat against this unification by
creating an urge for separation and disintegration. We believe that the cure
resides in the annihilation of all sorts of ethnic and cultural
5. Apart from its legal aspects, we believe
that feeling to be an "Iranian" comes from a national and historical
identity that discrimination can render it meaningless and useless.
Therefore, we believe that preserving the variegated heritage of "all
Iranians", coming down from all stages of our history, is the best guarantor
of our relationship with this identity. At the same time, we consider having
a critical awareness of this history, without denying one moment of it, is
the main guaranteeing condition for the preservation of national integrity
of all variances within said identity.
6. If we want Iran to belong to all Iranians,
we should be aware and watchful so that no individual or group could claim
priority in benefiting from opportunities over others. No special merit and
advantage should be plausible without reason. All vocational and political
offices should be opened to all Iranians regardless of their religion,
differing opinion, language or ethnic background.
7. We believe that the key to this goal is to
adhere to the principals of merit, suitability and competence. Any other
"criteria" could lead to discrimination.
8. All of the national resources and
opportunities should belong to all Iranians. At the same time, relying on
the sanctity of human individuality and one’s right to harness the results
of one’s life endeavors, we regard private ownership as a principal. But, at
the same time and upon the principal of non-discrimination, no material gain
should give individuals any social privileges. The same principals dictate
to us that all social policies should be tuned to the prerequisites of
9. It is obvious to us that eliminating
discrimination in an ethnically and culturally colorful and variegated
society entails that no social group or strata should be able to impose its
values upon others, or segregate the people into different classes of
citizenships, or distribute national resources on a discriminatory scale. It
is upon such observation that we believe in a state separated from all
religious and ideological inclinations and natures. Such a state would be a
translator of all national aspirations of Iranians and would act upon the
decision and under supervision of a national assembly with its deputies
elected through free elections.
10. We believe that a manifestation of peaceful
coexistence would be the inability of any social group to impose its values
and celebrations as well as mournful occasions on other group that do not
share those values.
11. We know that the diverse nature of Iranian
society asks for simultaneous integrity through non-discrimination and the
observance of the special needs of different social groups. Accepting
plurality and differences entails the recognition of the ability of smaller
groups in running their own internal affairs. Thus, imposition of the values
of any group on others, together with unnecessary centralization of affairs,
could result in social dissatisfaction and should be banned.
12. The non-discrimination principal entails
that no person of authority should be non-responsible and unanswerable to
the people's delegates, considering himself/herself different from others.
Attaining authority should be coupled with answerable responsibility.
13. We believe in the important role of
political parties and encourage everyone to establish or become member of
such institutions. At the same time, we think that the function of a
political party should not include the imposition of ideological and
religious inclinations. Every party should render an executable program for
running the government based on their beliefs and values but within the
frame work of democracy and secularism. Any party that obtains the seat of
authority and political power should know that it is to render its services
to all Iranians and cannot discriminate between members and non-members.
And, in order to prevent the despotism of any political party, their
presence in power should be temporal and periodic. No official should
consider herself/himself above others and should remember that he/she is
employed by the rest to serve their interests.
14. In an Iran void of any discrimination,
everyone should have the right of investigation, criticizing, protesting and
gathering in non-violent demonstrations based on the laws sanctioned by the
elected deputies of the national assembly. Parallel to that, the freedom of
all media should be guarded by the government. All complaints against the
media should be investigated by an independent judiciary and government
should not be a deciding party to this investigation. Apart from unity of
the country and freedom of its people, creating and guarding the freedom of
speech on a national scale entails that nothing should be considered sacred.
Nevertheless, the mundane and secular nature of this sacredness should not
prevent any criticism.
15. We believe that members of the armed forces of the
country should not be allowed to participate in political and economic
activities unless they act within their civilian rights and by means of
their personal abilities, without using any governmental means and
influences. They should attend to their legal duties under the supervision
of the freely elected government of Iran.