NCRI Women’s Committee calls on world community to condemn suppression of women, sever diplomatic ties and impose sanctions on Mullahs’ regime
NCRI -June 23, 2009 – The scenes of the martyrdom of Neda Salehi Agha Soltani, a young woman who was gunned down on June 20th by agents of the regime, have gripped the world.
One of her relatives said: “Neda’s goal was not Mr. [Mir Hossein] Mousavi or [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. Her goal was her country, and it was important to her to take a step in this path. … Neda was never a supporter of either of these two groups. Neda was after freedom – freedom for all. She said on many occasions that this would be true even if she loses her life and a bullet pierces her heart; and in fact the bullet did just that”.
As the world mourns Neda’s loss, the mullahs’ inhumane and misogynist regime has prevented a memorial to be held for her.
Women and girls have played an indispensible role in the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising since it began 10 days ago.
Their active presence on all fronts, and their vanguard role in resisting attacks by the suppressive forces have given a special spirit and thrust to the people’s uprising. Despite the vile actions of the Revolutionary Guards and suppressive forces and their barbaric raids on university dormitories, female students have shown an unprecedented level of resistance. Women have never accepted the mullahs’ disgraceful and misogynist rule, and today they are bravely uprising against it.
Ms. Sarvnaz Chitsaz, chair of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, pointed out that many women and girls have been beaten, injured, arrested and taken to secret torture and detention centers in recent days. She said the international community’s silence and inaction towards these crimes is absolutely unacceptable. She reiterated this is the test of the international community toward the mullahs’ misogynist and medieval dictatorship.
She urged all women’s rights and human rights organizations and associations to condemn these crimes and the merciless suppression of youth, in particular of women, in Iran, and to demand for their governments to sever diplomatic ties with the regime and impose comprehensive sanctions until suppression is fully ended.
Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 23, 2009