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Iran Protest -- Letter To White House Template (June 15, 2009)

Iran Protest -- Letter To White House Template (June 15, 2009)



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15 June 2009http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ To the Obama Administration:I am writing to you to express my concern over the use of violence bysecurity forces responding to protests over the election resultsfollowing the 12 June elections in Iran. Large numbers of people havebeen severely beaten by riot police on motorcycles who wieldtruncheons and nightsticks. Furthermore, several students at TehranUniversity have reportedly been shot dead and others reportedly shotwhen security agents opened fire on a demonstration on behalf of MirHossein Mousavi on 15 June. Several other people were injured bygunfire throughout Iran.I am also concerned upon reading reports that authorities havedetained at least 170 people since 12 June 2009, including the brotherof former President Mohammad Khatami. Furthermore, the Iranianauthorities have attempted to prevent the flow of information byblocking cell phone, text messaging, email and web sites.I am concerned by sheer magnitude of disturbing images and videothat have been distributed on Twitter and YouTube. It seems that whatmainstream media has reported and what is really happening arecompletely and fundamentally different. I am also concerned of reportsthat indicate hospitals are not to be trusted by the protesters shouldthey be injured, and that the Iranian Government is picking up bodiesof protesters who have died from the hospitals and they are loadingthem into the back of large government vehicles.It is outside of my realm of knowledge as to whether or not we shouldintervene politically in this post-election crisis in Iran. However, as ahuman rights advocate, I urge you intervene diplomatically to requestto the Iranian Government that security agents will exercise restraintin the use of lethal force to respond to protests, and that they willrefrain from beating people for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association. I also urge you to request of the IranianGovernment that those detained for peacefully expressing theiropposition to the election results be released. I finally urge you torequest of the Iranian Government that they not restrict the right tofreedom of expression and association, by permitting peaceful publicprotests and by not interfering with communications. Thank you for your attention to this matter. The information citedabove was received primarily from Amnesty International. Thanksagain.

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