Here is a sample letter for those of you planning to write a letter as part of the Amnesty International letter writing campaign.
To Your Excellency:
All actions are like a wave. They move through time, even when we wish to stop them. By seeking to eliminate independent civil society, the government of Iran is stifling its own health and success. The Bill on the Establishment and Supervision of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) will do more to strangle the Islamic Republic of Iran than sanctions or military attacks.
We urge you to consider the long term ramifications of limiting the basic human right to peaceful assembly. We urge you to allow your citizens to act in freedom as they seek only to make Iran a better place to live and work.
The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Articles 26 and 27). It is also guaranteed by articles 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
End the harassment and arrests of civil society activists. Allow those who wish to engage in peaceful efforts to meet and act. End the arrests and imprisonments of student’s and women’s rights activists, journalists, environmentalists, human rights defenders. End the arrests and imprisonments of members of professional associations and trade unions.
Vote against the Bill on the Establishment and Supervision of NGOs, which would severely limit the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of association and assembly.
For more information about the letter-writing campaing, download this pdf document: Urgent Action
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 22 April 2011 TO:
Speaker of Parliament
Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami
Baharestan Square Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: [email protected]
Fax: +98 21 3355 6408
Salutation: Your Excellency
Chair of the Council of Guardians
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati
Council of Guardians
Imam Khomeini Avenue West of junction with Vali-Asr Ave/Falestin Jonubi St.
Tehran 1317735111 Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 6640 1012 (press 2 when automated voice comes on in Persian to begin transmitting fax)
Email: [email protected] Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani
High Council for Human Rights [Care of] Office of the Head of the Judiciary,
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: [email protected]
(subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)
Salutation: Dear Sir
Do your part to lift the pain of sanctions on Iranian families.
Dear Catherine Ashton:
We, the undersigned, are concerned about the effects the implementation of sanctions are having on average Iranians. We are particularly concerned that items that are not sanctioned, such as medication and humanitarian goods are not reaching the people in Iran.
This is a time of great suffering in the region. We want to ensure that we are not further contributing to the suffering because of the denial of access to a payment channel for humanitarian items. We know the intention of the sanctions is to put pressure on Iran’s ruling elite. We worry that this is not the reality.
The brunt of the suffering falls on women and children and the most vulnerable in society. They suffer the consequences in very real ways. They lose their incomes, their homes, and their access to life-saving medication. Some of this suffering can be alleviated by facilitating the seamless implementation of the existing humanitarian exemptions. These include financial transactions related to medications, basic needs, and other items that are currently not sanctioned.
We ask the European Union to create a payment channel to accept transactions from Iran. This channel should be closely scrutinized. This will allow much needed financial transactions for medications and basic needs to take place.
It is crucial at this time when the people of Iran are desperately trying to make their own voices heard that we show we are listening. They went to the polls in an attempt to show their own government that they wanted reform and better relations with the outside world. We need to show we are listening.
Please help to avert a humanitarian disaster. Allow Iranians access to the international banking system to purchase medications and humanitarian goods.