Petition Tag - mohammad mossadegh

1. Free Peaceful Iranian Political Activist, Author Kourosh Zaim, 77, Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

AUGUST 22, 2016--The four-year prison sentence handed down to imprisoned author and peaceful political activist Kourosh Zaim has no legal basis and the 77-year-old should be immediately released because of his advanced age, his lawyer Giti Pourfazel told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

“This sentence, which was issued while he was imprisoned, seems to be the enforcement of a suspended sentence he had previously received, but the details are not clear,” said the prominent human rights lawyer. “These cases [against political prisoners] are handled unlawfully and the authorities don’t allow the lawyer or even the condemned person to access their file.”

Zaim, a leading member of the banned National Front, one of Iran’s oldest secular opposition parties, was arrested on July 16, 2016 and handed a four-year prison sentence a week later on July 23 without his lawyer’s knowledge. The pro-democracy activist was previously arrested on multiple occasions for his peaceful activities; he was detained for 47 days in 2006, 91 days in 2009 and 27 days in 2011.

In April 2012 Zaim was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from political and media activities for five years for “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state” by Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh of Branch 14 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, but the prison sentence was suspended for five years by the Appeals Court because of his old age.

Zaim was put on trial again on August 1, 2015 for “propaganda against the state” and sentenced to one year in prison by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. 

“We filed an appeal against the one-year sentence, but Mr. Zaim was arrested again before the Appeals Court issued a final ruling. He also had a three-year suspended sentence. They seem to have combined his prison sentences and put them into effect,” Pourafzal told the Campaign. “In any case, we believe that their action is unlawful. His prison sentence [issued in 2015] was for a year, at most, and we had requested that he be freed as soon as possible considering the time he has already spent in prison and his inability to tolerate prison conditions in his advanced age,”

Zaim, who has written and translated many books on Iranian politics, was persecuted by the Pahlavi dynasty as well the Islamic Republic for his activities with the National Front. The group, founded by ousted former Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and other secular politicians in the 1940s, became an ally of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini one year before the 1979 revolution, but was banned in 1981 for opposing theocratic rule.

Giti Pourfazel, a prominent human rights lawyer, announced her retirement in July 2016 but is still handling the cases that were in process prior to her announcement.

2. Requesting a joint Nobel Peace Prize (posthumous) for Mossadegh & Gandhi

A bilingual English/Persian Petition:


On April 12, 2013 we modified this petition slightly but significantly [all 145 signatories up to then were notified--and there was no objection] to the effect of making the present petition a request for a JOINT Nobel Peace Prize (posthumous) for Mohammad Mossadegh AND Mahatma Gandhi--for obvious reasons.

خلاصه--به فارسی: برای جبران بخشی از یک بیعدالتی بزرگ تاریخی، امضا کنندگان این طومار [با پشتیبانی استاد نوام چامسکی در امضای شماره نوزده] از بنیاد نوبل میخواهند که نسبت به تصمیم سال ۱۹۷۴ خود استثنایی تاریخی قائل شده، و در اولین فرصت یک جایزه مشترک صلح نوبل پس-از-وفات را به دکتر محمد مصدق و مهاتما گاندی اعطا کند

PLEASE SEE THE NOTE (BELOW) regarding the links to our website, Facebook page, and CONTACT INFO.

ایمیل تماس :
در صورت تمایل میتوانید این طومار را با نام مستعار، یعنی به عنوان ناشناس، امضا کنید

SUMMARY--in English: To partially correct an immense historical injustice, this petition [backed by Prof. Noam Chomsky at signature number 19] asks the Nobel Foundation to make an historic exception to its 1974 decision, and as early as possible award, posthumously, a joint Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh AND Mahatma Gandhi.


Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) is HONORED to have Noam Chomsky [ the "World's top public intellectual" -- ] as the "Honorary Chair" of its "Board of Endorsers (and Advisors, as Needed), and as a leading signer of this "historic" petition, at signature number 19.

PLEASE SEE THE NOTE (BELOW) regarding the links to MLI's website, Facebook page, and CONTACT INFO.


Perhaps the best way to share some needed background about why we, the undersigned, are seeking in this campaign a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize (especially) for Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, is to convey parts of the endorsement statements provided by three of the initial endorsers of the organization behind this petition to the Nobel Foundation:

Prof. Noam Chomsky -- Voted "the world's top public intellectual" in the 2005 poll by Prospect / Foreign Policy:

"In full agreement with Cindy Sheehan, especially where she emphasizes the American nature of this responsibility, of this moral wound [see below], I am very glad to... endorse the mission of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute."

Prof. Richard A. Falk -- The UN's Special Rapporteur on human rights in occupied Palestine:

Dear Moji Agha: "I congratulate you for this initiative. In a small way the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) is a beginning of an American acknowledgment of the profound harm done to the people of Iran by initiating a chain of political events that started with the CIA engineered coup that restored the autocratic Shah to power and led to a revolutionary process hijacked by repressive theocrats, in the name of Islam. I admire very much the legacy of Dr. Mossadegh [for] his passion for democracy and justice."

Cindy Sheehan -- Renowned American author and anti-war activist in the proud non-violent tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi:

"The mission of this historic initiative should be (and indeed is) primarily an AMERICAN moral responsibility. Why American? Because the temporarily successful violent overthrow of the non-violent 'George Washington of Iran' was the mother of almost all profoundly destructive subsequent errors of state judgment in the recent history of this country, at least since the deeply misguided CIA coup of August 19, 1953. Had the U.S. government not overthrown Iran's young democratic government 60 years ago, history would have unfolded quite differently, and many of today's conflicts would have been avoided. So I firmly believe, that 'We the People' should view the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) as a truly patriotic opportunity to help rehabilitate the collective conscience of our own nation. In other words, this is a neglected AMERICAN moral wound in need of authentic examination and real healing, not just an Iranian, Middle Eastern, or 'global South' festering wound."

NOTE: For more information please see the MLI's website, herein:

CONTACT INFO: Facebook page -- Please "like" the initiative and "share" it far and wide: