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Reza Pahlavi
Reza Pahlavi of Iran was born in Tehran, Iran on October 31, 1960 to the late Shah of Iran and Empress Farah Pahlavi. As Crown Prince of Iran and the oldest of four siblings, he left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training in the United States, during which time the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return to his homeland. Despite being forced to live in exile, Reza Pahlavi’s commitment and patriotic duty to Iran endures. He is a dedicated advocate of human rights for his compatriots, for the liberation of Iran from the clerical regime, and for the establishment of a secular democracy in Iran. He has written two books: Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran (Regnery, 2002) and IRAN: L'Heure de Choix [IRAN: The Deciding Hour] (Denoël, 2009).

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Entries by Reza Pahlavi

The Lifting of International Economic and Financial Sanctions of the Islamic Republic

(11) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 10:36 AM

My Fellow Compatriots,‎

The lifting of international economic and financial sanctions, which were imposed on ‎the people of Iran as a result of provocative and destabilizing policies of the ‎theocratic regime, could be a reason to rejoice.‎

The regime's track record demonstrates its sole pursuit of self-interest and self-‎preservation, rather...

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Put an End to Violence Against Women in Iran

(67) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Since its inception, the theocratic regime's repression has resulted in institutionalized violence against women in Iran throughout all social sectors.

Iranian women have been subjected to various forms of injustice, lack of freedom and violence, including but not limited to: enforcing compulsory veil wearing with serious consequences for disobedience, promoting...

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Condemnation of the Nov 13th Terrorist Attack in Paris, France

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 6:44 PM


November 14, 2015

François Hollande
Élysée Palace
55 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris, France

Re: Condemnation of the Nov 13th terrorist attack in Paris, France

Dear President Hollande,

On behalf of the Iran...

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An Open Letter to the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada ‎

(12) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:21 AM


The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., ‎
Prime Minister of Canada ‎

Your Excellency,‎

We wish to extend to you our best wishes and heartfelt congratulations on your historic ‎victory in the recent elections. As the...

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It's Time to Stop Islamic Republic's Expansionism

(12) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 7:01 PM

The totalitarian regime of Iran has done nothing but escalate its regional ‎destabilizing efforts since the nuclear agreement. ‎

When the Iran National Council declared our conditional support for the Joint Plan ‎of Action on nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, we did so based ‎on the premise...

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Open letter from Iranian National Council to UN

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 3:02 PM

This is an open letter from The Iranian National Council for Free Elections to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, this letter includes a brief summary of a monthly report on select cases of humans rights violations for...

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The Statistics of Evil

(7) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 7:19 PM

In the previous ten days prior to my writing this piece, literally dozens of my fellow Iranians have been executed by the clerical regime that currently rules Iran. Few people know these readily-available facts because Western media and Western governments are singularly focused on negotiating a nuclear deal with the...

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What Would Make P5+1 Talks Look Easy

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 10:33 AM

As an Iranian, I share the hopes and aspirations of millions of my compatriots for that day when my homeland will once again lead the region in the quest for peace and stability, as it did before the clerical regime took power. In this respect, the much-anticipated address...

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Have We Heard This Song Before?

(39) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 8:38 PM

The new face of the clerical regime ruling my homeland, Hassan Rouhani, sought to speak directly to the American people through a recent opinion piece in The Washington Post. Rouhani's op-ed was less pointed and arguably more subtle than some others that have made waves in recent weeks...

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Holding Iran's Supreme Leader Accountable

(130) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 8:50 AM

The subject of Iran currently sits quite prominently at the forefront of foreign policy discussions. 80% of all media coverage of Iran today focuses on the covert nuclear program. The remaining 20% focuses on provocative words and actions of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His actions might make for good television, and...

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Iran: From Theocracy to Democracy

(227) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 12:55 AM

These are very troubling times for my country. The searing images on YouTube, Facebook and other media have brought the misery of the Iranian people and the brutality of the clerical regime into vivid perspective.

The events surrounding the fraudulent election in June 2009 caused the people...

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Envisioning the Next Iran: The Indispensable Interplay of Human Rights and Democracy

(184) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 12:04 PM

Following is an extract of a speech I gave on March 27th as a featured speaker at The International Society Of Human Rights conference in Bonn, Germany.

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The relentless pursuit of human rights is the essence of democracy. And, without...

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Iran: With whom to engage?

(31) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 4:02 PM

Last week, I had the opportunity to address over forty members of the United States Congress with the goal to encourage their recognition of the importance of engaging the Iranian people and their ongoing struggle for human rights and democracy.

I began my remarks by asking, "If the U.S. is...

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Cries for Democracy in Iran

(130) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 12:33 AM

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thirty years ago, Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile to found a totalitarian theocracy -- the likes of which we have not seen for hundreds of years, perhaps even since medieval Europe. Thirty years ago, Iranian militants...

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