Lynn v. Sekulow

Lynn v. Sekulow

Time to Turn Up the Heat on Iran

posted by Jay Sekulow

It is a compelling scene – thousands in the streets of Iran – calling for freedom – fighting for free and fair elections.  And, Barry, what is most troubling – but not necessarily surprising – is the Iranian regime’s reaction – the use of deadly violence to quell the protests and a flagrant disregard for international law and basic human rights.


President Obama condemned the violence in a news conference today and used his strongest language yet, saying the world is “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s actions.

And, the House and Senate passed separate resolutions in support of the Iranian protesters.


Since the election last week, nearly 20 Iranians have been killed – including the murder of a young Iranian girl whose killing was captured on video and posted online. 

The Iranian regime is on a very disturbing path.  It’s time for the global community – including the United Nations – to turn up the heat on Iran.


Iran has clearly violated the internationally recognized standards for human rights set forth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Iran unequivocally and voluntarily ratified.  Iran has also violated numerous provisions of its own constitution that protect human rights and prohibit arbitrary arrests.


Our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, has sent a letter to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland urging the body “to take all actions within your authority to pressure Iran to comply with international human rights law.”


Iran is guilty of numerous violations of international law – including Article 19 of the UDHR: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”


In addition, Iran’s attempt to hide its abuse of human rights from the international community by blocking journalistic activity and prohibiting foreign press from observing and reporting on events within the country violates international law. Article 17 of the ICCPR and Article 12 of the UDHR outlaw arbitrary interference with correspondence of individuals.  With no regard for these provisions, Iran has blocked satellite transmissions, internet access, telephone communications, and other forms of communicating and reporting.


Yes, the flow of information out of Iran is difficult now. But, the truth will continue to get out – thanks, in part, to the web-based social media. 


It’s time for Iran to be held accountable.  The world is watching.


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Fay Eikenes

posted June 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm

It is fortunate for web-based social media. The only way the Iranians can send smoke signals out of their cave of oppression. Stonings and eye-gougings are still practiced in their country. Will the non-proud American dissenters be thankful to not have to live in such a sociey? God Bless America – the land of the Free.

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posted June 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Western technology? Look inside most of that “Western technology” and you’ll see ‘Made in China.’ Our country is losing the technology and science wars because fundamentalist fascists like Michelle have whined so much about science being taught in our public schools that it simply isn’t anymore. China is going to the moon and they’ll claim it as their own and dare us to do anything about it. We won’t of course because we forgot how to get to the moon. Richard Nixon fired all the top brass at NASA and replaced them with young earth creationists. His evangelical henchmen Haldeman and Erhlichman convinced Tricky Dick that if we ever found life in space it would damage the faith of our supposedly Christian nation. So we shut down all future planetary exploration and instead we decided riding around the earth in circles was all the science our religious population could stomach. All because of Christianity the worst human tragedy that ever came upon this planet. I hate that stupid religion with a passion.

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posted June 25, 2009 at 10:57 am

The point is that the United Nations is “turning up the heat” on Iran.
The U.S. is not in a position to do anything since it has no diplomatic relations with Iran. The Iranian leadership, the Ayatollahs, are insisting that the unrest is being fomented by “foreign nations,” specifically the U.S. and Great Britain. There are even “confessions” being broadcast in which some people are saying that they joined the protests at the urging of foreign media. I think we all know which foreign media they are talking about, don’t we?
I, for one, am glad for U.S. support of the United Nations, particularly now. It may not always do just what we in the U.S. want it to do, but it does represent the opinion of the entire world… just what the Iranian leaders need to hear right now. Iran’s leaders, and it’s people, each need to hear that the world stands on the side of justice and human rights… not just the U.S. and Great Britain, but the whole world.

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Cara Floyd

posted June 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

I am sorry that those people were killed. I am sorry that you feel that your voice does not get heard and counted in votes. I hope that will change for you and the people are safe.

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Cara Floyd

posted June 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I want to thank Michael Jackson for all his talent throughout the years. I had him up on my wall as a kid. He was the only one I had up on my wall. His voice, his dancing, his kind gestures toward people were amazing. There will never be another talent like him. They tried to dance like him but let’s face it , he was the original.
I thanked him for his talent. He will be greatly missed. I feel like I have always known him. I watched him growing up as a kid and throughout his life he loves kids and wanted to make the world a better place. I will miss him. Love to his family and friends.
p.s. Love to the people. God bless!

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posted June 26, 2009 at 6:31 am

He loved kids a little too much.

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N. Lindzee Lindholm

posted June 27, 2009 at 2:51 am

The US, UN, and other countries are not doing enough about human rights violations in Iran. The G8 met this week and put out a strong statement like Pres. Obama and German Chancellor Merkel; however, words are not enough while day after day, people are being rounded up to be thrown in prison, tortured, placed in solitary confinement, hung, and brutally murdered.
Do you enjoy your right of free speech? Help others obtain their rights by braving the streets, signing a petition, and praying.

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posted June 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

… words are not enough while day after day, people are being rounded up to be thrown in prison, tortured, placed in solitary confinement, hung, and brutally murdered.
I’d agree with you except for the fact that the same kinds of things are happening in the United States… not to the same extent, but they are certainly going on.
Our President is doing everything he possibly can to help the people in Iran. For now, we must leave it to other nations that are not responsible for interfering in Iran in the past and that have not held prisoners indefinitely and tortured them to take action.

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Your Name

posted June 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I don’t know if you could ever love kids too much.
If you are talking about sexual abuse , that wouldn’t be love. I don’t know what happenned there. Some people take advantage of celebrity involvement and make a scandal of it , don’t they?
There are true victims to criminal offences of which have to be proven by law for them to have penalties put in place. There is also the parents involvement on the matter. Where were they?

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