Iranian Resistance: Speech by the representative of anti-culture clerical regime at UNESCO taints this international body

The Iranian Resistance condemns strongly the invitation extended by Federico Mayor, the current Secretary General of UNESCO to mullah Khatami, president of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran to address this body. This invitation contradicts blatantly the values and principles upon which the UNESCO is founded. Mr. Mayor's past mollifying of the clerical regime is truly shameful.

There are dozens of Iranian writers, poets and translators among hundreds of victims of political murders in recent years by the clerical regime's Intelligence Ministry, carried out on the order of the most senior members of this regime. In total collusion with Khamenei, Khatami has tried to prevent the exposure of the role of the regime's leaders in these killings and put a lid on these crimes through "an investigative mission," whose members he has appointed.

The massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 occurred when Khatami was Khomeini's government spokesman and his propaganda Minister, beating on the drums of a war which left one million killed and two million wounded and maimed on the Iranian side alone. He is currently the head of the "Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution," whose task is ideological and political crackdown in Iran's universities.

The speech by the representative of a regime which is bent on destroying Iran's culture and art, has denied Iranian artists, writers, poets, painters, musicians and intellectuals of their most rudimentary rights, imprisoned or liquidated many of them in various way, and has issued death decrees against writers from thousands of kilometers away, taints this international body.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 29, 1999

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