A thousand prominent leaders have signed a statement urging the international community to stand by the Iranian people, particularly its women, in their pursuit of freedom. The signatories include 50 former presidents, vice presidents, prime ministers, ministers, as well as serving and former MPs as well as hundreds of mayors, former, women activists, academicians, experts, Nobel laureates and presidents of non-governmental organizations.

Several signatories came from Ukraine, which has historically been supportive of women's rights and equality, including 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner Oleksandra Matviichuk along with Yulia Tymoshenko, Lesia Vasylenko and Kira Rudik, members of the Verkhovna Rada. 

The  President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, received strong support from the signatories for her "Ten Point Plan for the Future of Iran."

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The signatories urged the international community to take practical measures to “stand with the brave women and people of Iran” in their struggle. Specifically, they called for governments to “place the oppressive and criminal Revolutionary Guards on the lists of terrorists, and take decisive steps to hold the leaders of the regime accountable for their crimes.”

The joint declaration calls on the world's governments to sanction the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which is known for its human rights abuses - particularly against women. The document identifies the fact that from the “750 individuals tragically killed by the regime's repressive forces, a significant number were young women and girls. As a result of the regime's brutal suppression, at least 70 children lost their lives.”

The signatories further state that the prominence of Iranian women in the struggle, “is firmly rooted in a century of Iranian women's resistance against two distinct forms of tyranny: monarchical and religious dictatorships.” It continued that “whether veiled or unveiled, we are heading towards the revolution.”

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However, it remains to be seen how long the negotiations will last and whether they will culminate in accession. Commentators discuss the next steps.

The Iranian Resistance movement has been a stalwart supporter of Ukraine and has publicized documents showing how the Iranian government unites with Russia against both the people of Ukraine and Iran.

In May, Iranian opposition leader, Mrs. Rajavi, praised President Zelensky and the Ukrainian Parliament for adopting strong sanction against the Tehran Regime, stating bluntly that, "the people of Iran have boycotted the clerical regime forever and seek to overthrow them as soon as possible.”

Russia has continuously relied on a stream of Iranian technologies, drones in particular, to wage its war against Ukraine.

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