June 15, 2010 -- New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national commentary on the CBS radio network, points out that the world stood silent during last year's presidential election in Iran when gross human rights abuses were committed by the Iranian regime. AJC is now leading the effort to demand that the UN Human Rights Council finally speak out against the oppression in Iran. LISTEN.
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The full text of this week's commentary follows:
A year ago this month, Iran's elections took place.
Remember what happened?
Widespread fraud. Mass protests. A violent crackdown by the regime resulting in many fatalities.
Here's what the New York Times recently reported:
"[Iran's leaders] are relying heavily on force and intimidation, arrests, prison terms, censorship, even execution, to maintain authority. They've closed newspapers, banned political parties, and effectively silenced all but the most like-minded people."
Like other despots, Iran's leaders are also relying on the world's distraction and indifference.
Our job is to prove them wrong. As they violently trample on human rights, our voices must to be heard.
To speak out, go to ajc.org. See the short film on Iran. Then take action. The whole process will take barely a minute – literally.
But those 60 seconds will show that we won't remain silent in the face of such gross injustice.
This is David Harris of AJC.