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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Dr. King's letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

18th of january was the Day of Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesman for the civil rights movement. On this occasion we congratulate all freedom-loving people across the world. He successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

We honor the memory of a man, who endeavored for peace, justice and friendship under difficult and unjust conditions. Now, 40 years after his heartbreaking assassination, the world misses his great character and fortitude even further. In paying tribute to Dr. King today we pay tribute to his ideals.

His remarks from a Birmingham jail in April 1963, when he said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," still resonates among us today.
Today, the greatest injustice is being perpetrated in Iran under the pretext of religion by the clerical dictatorship.

On Human Rights Day in 1964, Dr. King said in London, "If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil; if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire."

These words are shared today by many across the world about the theocracy ruling Iran which has subjected the Iranian people to a gender and religious apartheid.
We recall Dr. King's words on Human Rights Day in New York City in 1965, when he emphasized, "The struggle for freedom forms one long front crossing oceans and mountains. The brotherhood of man is not confined within a narrow, limited circle of select people. It is felt everywhere in the world, it is an international sentiment of surpassing strength and because this is true, when men of good will finally unite they will be invincible."

And today, the Iranian people, who have lost 120,000 of their beloved children to political executions in the past three decades for the cause of freedom, are part of this "front crossing oceans and mountains".

The time has come for global solidarity with the Iranian people in their valiant struggle for freedom and human rights. Such solidarity is in part a realization of Dr. King's "dream".

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