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Statements & Letters


November 9, 2005

The following declaration, signed by the 31 groups representing international civil society, was submitted to President Ahmadinejad, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Juan Mendez, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and other senior officials.

To view the letters submitted to the abovementioned officials, click here.

            We, representatives of non-governmental organizations, reflecting the broad spectrum of international civil society,

            Deeply alarmed by the 26 October declaration by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that publicly called for Israel to be wiped off the map; described Israel as a disgraceful blot; and threatened that anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nations fury,

            Recalling Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations that requires member states to refrain from the threat of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state,

            Recalling that the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document rededicates United Nations Member States to the principles of the Charter and the sovereign equality of states,

            Recognizing that the public incitement to the destruction of a nation demonstrates genocidal intent and constitutes incitement to genocide as outlawed under Articles 1 and 3 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948,

            Recalling that the internationally sponsored Road Map for Middle East Peace upholds the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,

            Welcoming the statement by Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat condemning the remarks of President Ahmadinejad as unacceptable,

            Welcoming the widespread condemnation of Presidents Ahmadinejads remarks by heads of state, ministers and other government representatives, expressing their revulsion and shock,

            Noting the statements of condemnation by national parliaments, including the all-party motion of the Parliament of Canada, dated 31 October, expressing its deep dismay and offence at the anti-Semitic statements of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with respect to the state of Israel. . .which are unacceptable, promote violence, are racist and undermine any hopes of a peaceful settlement in the Arab-Israeli conflict,

            Recognizing that while it is legitimate to hold Israel like any other State accountable for its record, incitement to the destruction of Israel or any other nation stands in contempt of the basic principles of humanity and the fundamental values that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations and the international community,

            Gravely concerned about Irans continued sponsorship and support of groups in the region that commit deliberate violent attacks against civilians in order to defeat any progress toward Middle East peace,

            Further gravely concerned by the International Atomic Energy Agencys report of 26 September 2005 finding that Iran has failed over an extended period of time to uphold its treaty obligations under Safeguard Agreements,

            Recalling the recent International Atomic Energy Agency Resolution GOV/2005/77 finding Iran in breach of its treaty obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,


1.         Condemn the remarks of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, as an abhorrent and intolerable threat to annihilate an entire nation and fellow U.N. Member State;

2.         Endorse the statement by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan of 27 October, expressing dismay at President Ahmadinejads comments and affirming the equal rights of Israel at the United Nations;

3.         Further endorse the unanimous Security Council statement of 28 October condemning President Ahmadinejads remarks;

4.         Demand that the Government of Iran make an immediate, full and unequivocal renunciation of the remarks of President Ahmadinejad;

5.         Demand that the Government of Iran renounce its sponsorship and support for groups engaging in violence with the aim of defeating any progress toward Middle East peace;

6.         Urge the Government of Iran and all U.N. Member States to uphold the principles and vision of the U.N.-endorsed Road Map for Middle East Peace; and

7.         Demand that Iran commit itself to refrain from future threats and that it comply with all of its international legal obligations under the Charter and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Matalavea
Anglican Observer at the United Nations Anglican Consultative Council
London, United Kingdom

Marco Perduca
Secretary General International Antiprohibitionist League
Rome, Italy

Zudije Sej Shehu
Executive Director Civil Rights Program Kosovo
Pristina, Kosovo

Yevgeniy Zhovtis
Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Catherine Legna
Project Department Director France Liberts
Paris, France

Daryl Balia
General Secretary International Association for Religious Freedom
Oxford, United Kingdom

Sergio DElia
Secretary General Hands Off Cain
Rome, Italy

Klaus Netter
Geneva Representative Coordinating Board of Jewish Organizations
London, United Kingdom

Tom Johannesen
Secretary General International Federation of Social Workers
Bern, Switzerland

Gianfranco Rossi
Representative to the UN in Geneva International Religious Liberty Association
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Maria Grazia Caputo
General Director International Volunteerism Organization for Women Education and Development
Rome, Italy

Gianfranco DellAlba
Secretary General No Peace Without Justice
Rome, Italy

Paul Lansu
International Secretariat Pax Christi International
Brussels, Belgium

Marlne Haas
Secretary General Socialist International Women
London, United Kingdom

David Dickson
National Director Thai Catholic Commission on Migration
Bangkok, Thailand

Maurice Aboudaram
Geneva Representative Bnai Brith International
Washington, DC, United States

Matteo Mecacci
UN Representative Transnational Radical Party
Rome, Italy

Hillel Neuer
Executive Director UN Watch
Geneva, Switzerland

Gretta Fenandes
Executive Team Chairperson VIVAT International
New York, United States

Dr. Yael Danieli

Director, Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children
New York, United States

Jose Mathew
Executive Director Don Bosco Ahaylam
New Delhi, India

Eric Sottas
Director World Organization Against Torture
Geneva, Switzerland

Douglas Mattern
President Association of World Citizens
San Francisco, United States

Sara Winkowski
President International Council of Jewish Women
Montevideo, Uruguay

Christine Durbak
Chair and CEO World Information Transfer, Inc.
New York, United States

Elaine Wolfson
Founding President Global Alliance for Womens Health
New York, United States

Ivan Vesely
Dzeno Association
Prague, Czech Republic

Rama Enav
Representative to the UN in Geneva
Womens International Zionist Organization
Tel Aviv, Israel

Madge Fahy
National International Secretary Catholic Womens League Australia
, Australia

Panayote Dimitras
Greek Helsinki Monitor

Athens, Greece

Helene Lamborzio
Womens Human Rights International Association
Paris, France

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