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17-01-2006

The Great Iranian Potential

 

There is an estimated 6 million Iranians living outside their homeland. The largest group comprises those who left Iran due to the events of the revolution 27 years ago. But since the recent tightening of the social and political screws in Iran over the past few months, the immigration rate has jumped significantly.

Most of those who immigrate are generally knowledgeable about modern life and its exigencies. They have learned these through their contacts with the world, using the Internet, satellite television channels, etc. Many had found new contacts outside Iran who were willing to talk and help. I am regularly contacted by Iranians who have just immigrated and desire to start a new life in their new host country. Most of these individuals or families are people who were born after 1979, the year Iran?s revolution brought down the monarch and established the Islamic regime. So they really are the "children of the revolution" who have got fed-up with the state of affairs at home while some had even been threatened. The most recent immigrants are those who have been hurt by officials and politicians and comprise journalists, political activists, workers at NGOs, etc.

Many Iranian immigrants first travel to neighboring Turkey where they await documentation for their final destinations in the West. It is there that they face the most difficult conditions because they are in transition, and UN agencies have been short on providing them with their humane needs because of the sheer size of immigrants and applicants.

On the other hand, the requirements for accepting immigrants are getting tougher in Western countries. In fact, we migrated to these countries in the 1980s conditions here were drastically different and more favorable from what they are now. As a result, most of the new immigrants face very unexpected and heartbreaking conditions. These days, even political activists have less chances of being accepted as immigrants, while some even face the horror of being forcefully returned to Iran. This has led to occasional press reports about the protests of Iranians to the return of some immigrant seekers.

In one such recent example, an Iranian ended his futile 45 day hunger strike but, along with some others, held a demonstration in front of the Justice Ministry of Holland. The police intervened a few hours later and arrested the person. I suspect the person is now held in a center reserved for those that are returned to their country of origin.

The point that I would like to make is that these events are taking place at a time when there are many political activists in Iran who have a tremendous potential for affecting events and making a different. In fact, I know from studying former Eastern block countries, that the potential that Iranian political activists in Iran have is far greater than what those countries had during their days of tyranny. These people are brave, active, capable, and ready to bring about positive change in their society. These individuals showed they power during the days of the former president Mohammad Khatami by joining and creating civil institutions and media, consequently improving the human rights conditions of Iranians. So they remain a powerful potent force in Iran. It is now unfortunate that the rulers of Iran have created conditions that not only does not utilize the resources of these patriots, but actually forces them to leave their home country.

We see it as our duty here to help those who have been forced to leave Iran because of their socio-political activities. We also remind the officials of their host countries in Europe of the rights of immigrants as defined in the laws of the land or the international conventions on this. But as I help these individuals here, I also have another feeling which is that by leaving Iran, each one of these potential individuals is weakening the democratic movement in Iran. This may be the reason why the rulers of Iran have in a sense welcomed this wave of immigration.

We must never lose sight that to implement any democratic changes inside Iran requires and depends on a wide range of such activists. In their absence, it is difficult to imagine any positive change in Iran.


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19-05-2007

Een parlement vol antidemokraten

Door Harm Ede Botje, Vrij Nederland; Afghanistan Special, 19 mei 2007

Oud-kamerlid Farah Karimi (Groenlinks) werkte drie maanden als adviseur voor de Verenigde Naties in het jonge Afghaanse parlement. Zij begon vol goede moed,...


15-05-2007

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9-01-2007

Interview With Farah Karimi by Sepideh Abdi

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4-01-2007

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27-12-2006

argos: Afscheids-interview met Farah Karimi

Farah Karimi (1960) was van 19 mei 1998 tot 30 november 2006 Tweede-Kamerlid voor GroenLinks. Zij stopt met het werk van kamerlid. Hoe blikt ze terug op haar periode in de Kamer? Gerard Legebeke vraagt het Karimi.


23-11-2006

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22-11-2006

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1-10-2006

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27-09-2006

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10-09-2006

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During the last four years, the political picture of Holland has undergone instructive changes.

During 2002, just a week before the Parliamentary elections, an extremist right-wing personality Pim Fortuyn who had a good chance...


23-07-2006

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NIO interview: kwestie Libanon

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11-07-2006

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27-04-2006

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19-03-2006

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28-02-2006

Trips That Have Lost Their Purpose

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In the first place, his mere presence in the European Parliament which came soon after...


7-02-2006

The Enemy of My Enemy

The behavior of Iran?s government during the recent months in connection with its nuclear policy has moved European governments to the point of complete distrust of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This change even led Europeans to...


17-01-2006

The Great Iranian Potential

There is an estimated 6 million Iranians living outside their homeland. The largest group comprises those who left Iran due to the events of the revolution 27 years ago. But since the recent tightening of the social and political...


2-12-2005

argos: de kwestie Khan

De Tweede Kamer houdt op korte termijn een debat over de kwestie-Khan, de atoomspion die Pakistan aan een atoombom hielp met behulp van in de jaren '70 uit Nederland gestolen atoomgeheimen.


2-12-2005

argos: De affaire Khan

De Tweede Kamer houdt op korte termijn een debat over de kwestie-Khan, de atoomspion die Pakistan aan een atoombom hielp met behulp van in de jaren '70 uit Nederland gestolen atoomgeheimen.


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