Last month, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) issued an appeal in support of the campaign by an Iran-based NGO, ‘House of Latin America (HOLA)’ – to attract global solidarity with the Islamic Republic.
Initial signers joining the ANSWER Coalition in support of the International Appeal include former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark; Fr. Roy Bourgeois; peace activist Cindy Sheehan; Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1994-98; Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, civil rights attorney; Gloria La Riva, Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; and Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, among many others.
So far more than 500 peace activists around the globe in a statement, called for an immediate end to the existing economic sanctions on Islamic Republic, and asked the western states to recognize Tehran’s right of access to the peaceful nuclear technology (as per NPT signatory).
In their statement called ‘Solidarity with Iran- Yes’, the peace activists as well as proponents of justice movements also called for an immediate end to military threats against Iran and recognition of the Iranian nation’s right of access to the peaceful nuclear technology.
Washington and its Western allies, under pressure from Israel Lobby accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.