Response to French President Sarkozi

On International Human Rights Day, French President Sarkozi  said

“How is it that a people such as the Iranian people – one of the world’s greatest peoples, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, sophisticated, cultured, open – have the misfortune of being represented as they are today by some of their leaders?”

In response, Nazanin Afshin-Jam wrote a letter to President Sarkozi:

“To the Honourable President Sarkozi,


Happy 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


As an Iranian-born Canadian, I would like to thank you for making the distinction between Iranian citizens and the leaders in power who do not represent their voices.  More leaders like you should take a stand and refuse to collaborate with officials of this

un-democratic repressive regime that violates the rights of Iranians on a daily basis.


Please also pressure Iran to Stop Child Executions.There are currently over 140 children on death row in Iran despite the fact that Iran has signed the UN’s ICCPR and CRC.


 Vive la liberté, l’égalité, et la fraternité


Nazanin Afshin-Jam

President and Co Founder

Stop Child Executions


 cc: Monsieur le Ministre des Affaires Etrangères

Bernard Kouchner
37 quai d’Orsay
75007 Paris


Source of Mr. Sarkozi’s comments