Letter by Spokesman for Teachers’ Welfare Association in Iran’s Khorasan province, Hashem Khastar, to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius published on his facebook.
“You are going to visit a country whose rulers are not prepared to respect the most basic rights of the Iranian people under the pretext of so called ‘Islamic Human Rights’ including the rights of teachers … people of Iran are living in a situation similar to when France was under German Nazi occupation.”
Honorable Mr. Fabius, Foreign Minister of the civilized France,
Dear Minister, French Revolution took place about 230 years ago and people of France offered the Declaration of Human Rights to the world which was later adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and all member states, including Iran, signed the declaration and are obliged to respect it.
Obviously, this declaration is a source of pride for the people of France and you personally, but you are going to visit a country whose rulers are not prepared to respect the most basic rights of the Iranian people under the pretext of so called ‘Islamic Human Rights’ including the rights of teachers.
Dear Minister, one such case took place on Wednesday, 22 July 2015, which is not the last one. Teachers wanted to stage a peaceful silent gathering outside the parliament to protest against detention of their colleagues. But security forces and plain clothes agents (who are not legally recognized), comprised of very young people among them – commonly used by Iran’s Islamic state – controlled all entrances to the Islamic parliament in such a way that anyone suspected of being a teacher was captured, beaten and insulted and subsequently thrown into vehicles of security forces.
If it was not for the teachers’ support we – more than 200 detainees - would have certainly not been released and would have been sentenced to long term prison terms.
Mr. Minister, you are going to visit a country where there is no rule of law and people, in particular teachers, must obey the instant and verbal orders of the rulers.
Mr. Minister, a large number of our colleagues are in jail for bogus charges. Will you ask our rulers why only in Iran teachers are jailed for their belief and activities for their welfare?
Dear Minister, Iran’s rulers executed a Kurdish teacher, Farzad Kamangar, and his family still do not know where he is buried, while teachers’ general opinion is that his trial was not fair. Rasul Badaghi, father of a twin daughter and another grown up daughter, has been in jail for six years and was not even allowed a temporary leave after his mother died.
Mr. Minister, before visiting Iran, please read once again the history of French occupation by German Nazis and think about it a little and realize that we are now living under the same conditions.
Dear Minister, we consider you as the representative of the French people’s great revolution. We hope that you would not only think about your people’s trade interests and ask Iran’s rulers to release Rasoul Badaghi, Seyed Mahmoud Bagheri, Alireza Hashemi, Ali Akbar Baghani, Esmail Abdi, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Reza Ghanbari, Arjang Davoudi, and Mohammad Amin Agoushi who have in jail mainly between 5 to 10 years. For your information, I have been jailed three times for my welfare activities and once my salary was reduced to one eighth by Administrative Offences Council.
Wishing prosperity for two nations of Iran and France.
Seyed Hashem Khastar
Representative of Teachers’ Welfare Association in Khorasan province