Dear President Obama,
We congratulate you for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Being the leader of a powerful country whose principles rest on Democracy, you do not necessitate such credits in order to advance your goals of peace. Perhaps the advancement of peace in the world would have been expedited if such a prize was given to a person fighting for the establishment of peace and freedom within a dictatorship. In this respect, we would like to inform you of Ayatollah Boroujerdi, a fellow candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, who for many years has worked extensively in Iran towards separation of religion from state along the establishment of an open referendum under the supervision of the international community. As a liberal leader Ayatollah Boroujerdi believes in the following principles:
1. The establishment of worldwide peace is not possible without local reforms.
2. The interference of religion in the state represents a danger for the maintenance of international peace.
As Ayatollah Boroujerdi's efforts in defending the poor received widespread public attention, Iran’s regime became alarmed and frightened. As a consequence, in October 2006 he and hundreds of his followers were arrested via a violent attack by the government.
For more than three years he has endured various physical, mental and drug induced methods of torture in different sections of prisons. He currently suffers from dangerous diseases.
By publishing different statements, high rank organizations defending Human Rights in the world have asked Iran’s regime to release Ayatollah Boroujerdi and to provide him with urgent and suitable medical care. They have also asked to establish an open trial, have access to all documents, and visit independent lawyers and representatives of the media, but unfortunately nothing has been done yet.
Mr. President, Iran’s regime continues to suppress not only Ayatollah Boroujerdi for his opposition to the Velayate-Faqih, but also other outstanding and liberal advocates and regular people protesting. Documents substantiate that this regime cannot be taken as a real representative for the majority of the Iranian people. We thus kindly request that you reconsider and revise your stance with respect to the nuclear issue, and ask that as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize you consider Human Rights in Iran your first priority until human rights violations are solved in their totality.
In this regards, there are various petitions such as the following that approximately five hundred thousands people have signed, asking you and other high ranking authorities for your help with such matters.
Lastly, from prison Mr. Boroujerdi has sent you his congratulations for being elected president of the United States of America, as can be seen on the following website: