New free elections monitored by the United NationsIn light of the current discrepancies of the presidential election we need a free election monitored and supported by the United Nations. Similar to the Senegalese people who demanded their vote to be redone in 2000, the Iranian people, such as Bekhir Mullahaba, 53, campaign for free elections that are monitored by an independent institution such as the National Election Observatory. The lawyer based in London wants the “presidential elections in Iran to be redone” and demands that “this time the Presidential Elections in Iran are monitored by an independent UN official”.
More Involvement of the Arab League and other regional players
Although the League of Arab States is a major player in the greater Middle East, even beyond the core of Arab nations, they have stayed surprisingly mum about the situation in Iran. As a representative committee of neighboring states they have to be included in any future strategies and the implementation of doable projects in Iran. The same applies for other key geopolitical actors with clout in Iran - including the GCC and SAARC. Alda, 35, an Iranian teacher living in the US, voices her desire to get the Arab League involved on her Twitter Blog, where she calls for an alliance of the “EU, US, Russia, China and Arabic League” that works together to “issue an ultimatum to Iran’s government”.
A new UN Security Council Resolution
A UN resolution condemning Iran’s violence and considering economical and military sanctions is critically needed to support the democratic movement in Iran and to demonstrate the unity of the international community. As many exiled Iranians, like Muhad Jaman, fear that “Russia and China would veto any resolutions against Iran” it is highly important that any resolutions are ratified and supported by all members including China and Russia of the UN Security Council in order to make it an effective and credible strategy to solve the Iranian crisis, and to show that criticism of the Iranian government’s violent response is not confined to the West.
Active Involvement of the White House, Russia and EU
The White House, Russia and the European Union should overcome their strategic reluctance in the Iranian matter and proactively seek doable solutions for the region. Especially Russia, which has held strong economic ties to Iran since 1990, has a responsibility and possibility to act as a mediator between the United Nations and the Iranian government. Although any sort of international activism might be labelled as a threat to Iran’s sovereignty and instrumentalised by the Mullah regime to demonize the Western world, the international community has to take on responsibility for the Iranian people. Minu Barati, while being aware of the tense relationship between the Western world and Iran, still believes in the combination forces that “might add up to something.”
“In light of the current discrepancies of the presidential election we need a free election monitored and supported by the United Nations. Similar to the Senegalese people who demanded their vote to be redone in 2000, the Iranian people, such as Bekhir Mullahaba, campaign for free elections that are monitored by an independent institution such as the National Election Observatory. The lawyer based in London wants the “presidential elections in Iran to be redone” and demands that “this time the Presidential Elections in Iran are monitored by an independent UN official”.
Provide Humanitarian Aid to the Iranian people
Italy’s Prime Minister Berlusconi’s initiative to provide humanitarian aid to the Iranian people should be taken to the top of the political agenda. Especially the European Union, as a powerful player in the international community, should provide humanitarian help as “money, doctors and police forces are desperately needed” as the19-year old student Zohre reports on CNN from the streets of Tehran.
Military options as Ultima ratio
If Iran continues to violate human rights by shooting protesters, censoring freedom of speech and imprisoning political dissidents, military options can be considered as an absolute last option in order to stabilize the situation. A long-term military intervention is not advisable or desirable, however, as this would significantly destabilize the whole Middle Eastern region and could be understood as a western effort to colonize the Islamic world.