May 22, 2013

Re- You’re a Fake!

A paper with the title of “Iran’s multiplicity of messiahs, You’re a Fake” issued On 27 April 2013, in Economist journal explaining the “Mahdaviat”, returning of Mahdi, the 12th Imam according to Shia Muslims’ beliefs and also describing about fake people who have claimed to be Mahdi. Inside the paper, the unknown author accused Mr. Kazemeini Boroujerdi claiming being Mahdi while he just has advocated separation of religion from state and opposed to “Velayat-e-Faqih” clearly.
The representative of Mr. Kazemeini Boroujerdi sent a letter in response to this journal to clarify the reality, but unfortunately the Journal hasn’t replied and never published the letter to disproof the false information.

Attention Editors:
 I am Maryam Moazen-zadeh, Iranian human rights activist and blogger. I also am the representative of Mr. Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, whom you have mentioned in your recent article entitled “Iran’s multiplicity of messiahs, You’re a Fake”.
 Having searched through the site, I was unable to find the name of the person responsible for writing erroneous information which unchecked has been published in your well known journal. Based on Media laws and freedom of expression and speech, I request you to publish this paper in response, in the very same column in your journal.

Today, the profile of an independent spiritual leader such as Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi, known to many around the globe, and especially to the United Nations, is an important one, as he has been a proponent of the separation of religion and state, whereas the Islamic regime has completely rejected such a thing. Therefore, in an attempt to self-preserve and continue their reign of terror on Iran, the regime elite and authorities have incessantly lied to discredit him and obfuscate about his person and ideas. These actions are a part of their already recognized tactics; their continued efforts in censuring their opponents has been one of the methods that they have relentlessly used in preventing the development of any Democratic movements and the rise of righteous leaders to that end.
 Hence, given the circumstances, I have taken it upon myself, to put pen to papers and compose an independent article in defense of Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi, in order to deconstruct and elucidate on the points which the above mentioned article has heavily misrepresented. 
 It goes without saying that the Islamic regime’s radio, television and media in general exists as nothing more than an outlet for propaganda. They have lost their ‘audiences’ and the so-called items that they utilize for their smear campaigns have proven to be unimportant and eminently dishonest.
However, the fact that the writer of the article published in your journal is nameless and that the information put forth has gone unchecked, is most disconcerting and betrays a level of unprofessionalism and willful naivete on your part.
 Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi has been in detention for over 2400 days. He has been charged with denied the freedom for advocating the separation of religion from state in Iran, peace in the Middle East and equally, importantly, he has called for Iran to abide by all its international obligations.
On October 8th, 2006, he was brutally attacked at his home, and dragged away by the Islamic regime’s special forces.  Every member of his family and hundreds of his supporters who had gathered to support and protect him were also arrested or killed. The special guards were armed with pistols, rifles, tear and viral gas, teasers, batons and special  vehicles that the Islamic regime purchased from China that are used anti-riot vehicles equipped with water cannons that can douse people with boiling water. Those who were arrested were transferred to the infamous ward 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison and were locked up in that ward’s solitary cells.
 Ever since then, Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi has been detained and subjected to some of the most unspeakable  psychological and physical tortures, and withstood the daily pressure, by the security guards to sign a letter recanting his position. Of course that he has never signed. Up to now, not a single Islamic regime branch or media outlet has provided legal proof to explain their brutal and inhumane detention and treatment of Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi. Needless to say that all the news relevant to his case is also constantly censored to the international media and inside Iran, audiences have been subjected to total news blackout regarding his situation.
 All of his lectures are contained within 1000 hours of audio recordings, several books, hundreds of letters and three published dissertations. Nowhere, in either one of these, has Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi claimed that he is the Mahdi, hidden by God, to return sometime to conquer evil on earth, as your article confidently asserts. Every single one of the above mentioned recordings and writings can be viewed at the below sites, where he has never claimed ‘Mahdaviat’.
 Also mentioned in the article that you have published, there is a claim that Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi himself repeated these claims during his televised confession session (something all prisoners that the Iranian regime is afraid of, orchestrates and broadcasts). The fact is however that Mr. Boroujerdi, unlike many of the innocent political prisoners who have been put through such a dog and pony show, has never even appeared in one of those televised confessions. And actually, the Islamic regime officials have never obtained any confession of any sort or any claim by him, recorded or written.
I am however inclined to share a document, a letter which was issued by the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence to Khamenei, the Supreme Leader which specifically calls for the arrest and detention of Kazemeini-Boroujerdi and his supporters. The letter specifies that he is not in any way, shape or form a supporter of political Islam and that he is a liability to the ‘insider’ network of the regime elite. I am also sending a youtube link where he himself is speaking, only a few hours prior to his arrest, on October 8th, 2006; he clearly advocates apolitical Islam and denies all claims about either being Imam Mahdi or his representative.
Sincerely Yours
Maryam Moazen Zadeh
Representative of Mr. kazemeini boroujerdi
Malaysia, KL.
Cell: 0060102905074
The enmity of the state against Kazemeini-Boroujerdi began 20 years ago when he first went public with his support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and protestations against the abuses of theocratic rule.  He condemned Islamic fundamentalism, radicalism and terror.  Rejecting anti-Semitism and advocating religious freedom, he led benediction ceremonies in the presence of Shiites and Sunnis, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and Baha’is. He called for abolishment of capital punishment, and cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment such as torture, stoning and whipping. He established welfare centers for helping the poor and assisting victims of natural disasters and condemned personal financial gain from religious activities. His call was welcomed by an increasing number of followers to the extent that until his arrest his gatherings surpassed the theocracy’s organized ceremonies, by their sheers size and numbers.
 To date the state has been unable to silence his voice. Inside the prison walls he has assumed responsibility of a human rights watcher reporting abuses and highlighting individual cases of physical and psychological torture to international human rights groups and bodies.  These cases included the absence of proper hygiene and adequate medical care in favor of chronic hunger as well as denial of access to family visits and telephone calls to blackmailing of family members.  Kazemeini-Boroujerdi has also brought attention to the punishment of holding prisoners of conscience in sections reserved for murderers and rapists where they are subjected to physical threats, random attacks instigated by interrogators and intelligence agents, in addition to staged deaths.
 Despite all the hardship to which he has been subjected mentally, emotionally and physically Kazemeini-Boroujerdi has remained resolute in his support for the indivisibility of human rights.  In particular he has been a vocal campaigner for religious and political freedoms, women’s rights and end to all forms of executions: stoning, hanging and through torture.  He has unceasingly supported the restoration of social justice throughout.

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