An open letter by Iranian dissidents to President-Elect Donald Trump

The Honorable Donald Trump
President-Elect of the United States of America

Dear Mr. President-Elect,

We would like to congratulate you on your victory in the Presidential election of the United States of America.

During the presidential campaign, we and millions of Iranians followed your forthright objection to the nuclear agreement reached between the Obama administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran. We sincerely hope that with your election, the new administration and the United States Congress will have the opportunity for the first time to review the regional and international outcomes of that disastrous agreement without any reservations, as was promised to the voters.

In 2009, millions of pro-democracy Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran and asked President Obama to support them. To their despair, in what can only be described as an unthinkable shift and a hundred and eighty degree turn on all the principal values of the United States, President Obama’s administration was busy conducting secret correspondence with Ayatollah Khamenei, the life-long leader of Iran. At the same time, Ayatollah’s cronies were opening fire on protesters. In October 2011, you wisely said “If Obama would’ve backed the people of Iran two years ago when that county had a big, big problem, we wouldn’t have any problems in Iran. That country would’ve been turned over so fast, instead he abandoned those people.” Today, and as a result of the incorrect policies of the past eight years, many pro-democracy Iranians view the United States on the side of their unelected oppressive leader. The hope and trust they once placed in the United States to support freedom and democracy is undermined and can now be amended only through fundamental changes in the U.S. policy which only you can bring forth.


The Free World has been turning a blind eye to the armed and suicidal Islamic fundamentalism for the last thirty-seven years. This nearsighted neglect has led today to an immense gathering storm, and has brought upon the world woeful tragedies like the “Charlie Hebdo” and “Bataclan” massacres and other similar massacres in Paris, Brussels, Orlando and San Bernardino in the past two years alone. When “Ahmad Qasir”, an 18-year-old Lebanese young man, carried out the first suicide bombing of the 20th century, ordered by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Hezbollah, leading to his death and murder of tens of other souls, there was yet no talk of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In the same vein, the mass murder of the “Charlie Hebdo” writers must be considered as simply another link in a chain that began with the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini to murder Salman Rushdie, the prize for which offered by the government of Iran currently stands at millions of dollars. Dividing terrorists into good and bad is a mistake. Holding conferences and signing contracts with a regime that offers absolute support for terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, has murdered thousands of brave American soldiers in Iraq and Lebanon, and still insists upon rewarding the murderers of authors and journalists in other countries, will only embolden the Islamic regime of Tehran and lay the groundwork for further horror and pain.

The ISIS and the Islamic Republic of Iran are two sides of the coin that is Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. To end this reign of terror, the Islamic caliphate (ISIS) and the Islamic regime in Iran must be replaced with elected pro-peace and prosperity governments.

Unfortunately, Iranians have been among the main victims of the detrimental policies adopted by President Obama in the Middle East. A prime example of these detrimental policies was the secret delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to the Revolutionary Guards in exchange for the release of the hostages. The exchange encouraged the Islamic Republic not only to expand its hostage for cash program, but to double down on its domestic suppression and interference in the region, to the point that our country is now on the brink of an all-out war with its Arab neighbors and other American allies in the region.

We ask the President-Elect to send the clear message that the United States will not tolerate the increasing threats of the Islamic Republic of Iran against its citizens and neighbors. The new administration, in collaboration with the Congress, should expand the existing sanctions and impose new ones on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Supreme Leader’s financial empire and direct the U.S. Treasury to strongly enforce them. We ask the incoming administration to develop a comprehensive regime of sanctions against those Iranian officials who have violated the human rights of the Iranian people over the last 4 decades. Iran’s ballistic missile program is a threat not only to the region but to the world; we hope the President-elect will form an international coalition to pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran and force the regime to cease its pursuit of long-range ballistic missile. We believe the United States should confront the Revolutionary Guards’ malicious behavior in the region, in all fronts, and by all available means. The Islamic regime’s Achilles’ heel is that the Iranian people do no longer support it. We ask the new administration to support the pro-democracy Iranians whose goal is to replace the Khomeinist regime of Tehran with a liberal-democratic government.

The time has come for the United States to stand by the Iranian people instead of holding secret discussions with corrupt Islamic fundamentalists. Iran has the capacity to be one of the most steadfast allies of the United States in the world once the Islamic regime is gone. We hope under your leadership the United States helps the Iranian people to take back their country from the Islamist gang which has been in charge for the last four decades, as the world without the Islamic Republic and the Islamic State is a better place.

Sincerely,

Abdolreza Ahmadi – Activist – Former Political Prisoner

Ahmad Batebi – Human Rights Activist – Former Political Prisoner

Ahmad Eshghyar – Activist – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Ali Nazari – Former Political Prisoner – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Alireza Kiani – Former Political Prisoner – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

AmirHossein Etemadi – Former Political Prisoner – Int. Center for Liberalism Studies

Amir Yahya Ayatollahi – Researcher in Iranian Studies

Arash Sobhani – Musician – Human Rights Activist

Ashkan Safaei  – Researcher in Middle-East History

Ashkan Yazdchi – Activist – Former Political Prisoner

Avideh Motmaen Far – Journalist – Osteopathic  

Behzad Mehrani – Former Political Prisoner – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Borzumehr Toloui – Physicist  

Daniel Jafari – Physician

Hamed Sheibanyrad – Research fellow at French National Center for Scientific Research

Kaveh Shirzad – Activist – Cofounder of Shahrvandyar

Liuna Issagholian – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Majid Mohammadi – Sociologist – Writer and Researcher in Iran Politics & Society

Masood Masjoodi – Mathematician – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Meisam Mehrani – Activist – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Mohamad Afrazeh – Journalist – Civil Activist

Nima Rashedan – Digital Democracy Researcher

Pedram Rafati – Activist – Former Political Prisoner

Saba Farzan – Journalist- Executive Director at Foreign Policy Circle

Salman Sima – Activist – Former Political Prisoner

Shahrzad Karimi – Journalist – Civil Activist

Shay Khatiri – Activist

Shayan Arya – Activist – Constitutionalist Party of Iran (Liberal Democrat)

Siavash Safavi – Former Political Prisoner – Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Youhan Najdi – Political Scientist, Economist and Activist

7 thoughts on “An open letter by Iranian dissidents to President-Elect Donald Trump

  1. متن رو به فارسی بگذارید دارند شما رو خائن خطاب میکنن متاسفانه ۹۵درصد مردم ایران هنوز انگلیسی نمیدونن.

  2. جالبه که همه هم فعال حقوق بشر هستن! خب اونوقت تحریم ها شدید بشه اون هم وطن هاتون بشر محسوب نمی شن ایا؟

  3. there is difference between Republican in the USA and Islamic Republican, And there is difference between Liberals and Democracy in Iran.

  4. اغلب امضا کنندگان از گروههایی هستن که لقب لیبرال رو یدک میکشن و از محافظه کارترین آدم موجود در سیاست امروز آمریکا، تقاضای همیاری دارن!! دم خروس رو قبول کنیم یا قسم ابوالفضل روباه رو؟

  5. I suggest the authors to revise this letter with feedback you got from the public, clarify that you are not demanding to go to war with Iran and advise the new administration to have the followings as their guideline when dealing with Iran:‎

    ۱. The Iranian people are not the same as Iranian government or the Islamic Republic, thus they should not be treated together. Hillary Clinton once said “Iranians” are her enemies, and never clarified that statement. Do not do mistake like that and always officially discern these two.

    ۲. United States has the best perception among Iranian people than any other nation in the Middle East. Do not ruin this by starting a devastating war, instead, make U.S. perception even better by helping these people to overcome the limitations their government has created for them.‎

    ۳. Islamic Republic’s achilles’ heel is people, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, and they know it very well. Make these the focal point for all negotiations or decisions about Iran.‎

    I recommend to publishing the revised letter at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov and consider it the start of a national campaign to free the Iranian people from the Islamic Republic.‎ We will support you.

  6. اقدامات و سیاسیت نولیبرالیسم از نوع آمریکایی آن در ایران راه بجایی نمیبرد. فقط موجبات امنیتی شدن بیشتر رژیم و مشکل تر شدن اوضاع معیشتی مردم خواهد شد. مردم ما باید خود وارد کارزار شوند و مبارزه را در دست بگیرند. هر اقدام ودستور عملی که از بیرون کشور واز سوی دولت های غربی اعمال شود کار و نتایج مطالبات مدنی مردم را در داخل کشور سختتر وب به بن بست می کشاند.

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