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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bitta Mostofi and Bill Quigley, "Time for Solidarity With Iran," Voices for Creative Nonviolence, June 25, 2009.

[For what it's worth, Iran ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on March 23, 1976, three years before the revolution. National declarations and reservations regarding international protocols are normally filed at the time of ratification, accession or succession but may also be filed later. As of February 5, 2002, the new Iranian regime had not done so. Evidently, the VCNV authors are correct in assuming that Iran is a signatory of the ICCPR. -jlt]

In Isfahan, Iran, an 80-year-old woman stood defiantly in her doorway. Twenty baton-wielding Basij men arrived on motorcycles and threatened to enter her house in pursuit of a group of young demonstrators. Instead of running with fear or turning her back on the demonstrators, this woman looked the pursuers straight in the eye and said, “You will not get past me.”

Stories of extraordinary bravery and nonviolent defiance to aggression and injustice have slowly but consistently found their way over the Alborz Mountains and across rivers and oceans. They have found their way into the hearts and minds of people across the globe who have been captivated for the past week by this most unlikely of uprisings.

  Whether you believe the election was a fraud is beside the point. What is happening today is a popular movement that deserves the solidarity of all people of good will.

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