HRH Reza Pahlavi and the IOSME

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The Palm Beach Business Group is proud to support the efforts of the Institute for an Open Society in the Middle East (IOSME) in their attempts to restore a secular, democratic and equalitarian government to Iran.  It is becoming ancient history that, prior to 1979, when a religious theocratic coup of the Iranian government occurred, Iran was a progressive secular republic whose influence and culture had spanned centuries, lasting as long as Greco-Roman, Judaic and Mesopotamian cultures.  It would surprise many people to know that, prior to the theocratic government that now rules, Iran was a strong ally of Israel (in fact, Iran was the first middle-eastern country to recognize Israel as a sovereign nation in 1948), was a strong ally of Europe and the Unites States, and helped the United States and the USSR stop the Nazi invasion of the USSR during World War II.  A coup led by religous extremists took over the Iranian government and forced the permanent exile of the Shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi), and his family.  The oldest son of the late Shah and his wife, the Empress (Shahbanu Farah Pahlavi) is the Crown Prince of Iran, the HRH Reza Pahlavi II.  He advocates a democratic, secular, and equalitarian policy for Iran very similar to that initiated by his father, the last Shah of Iran.  Since his father's death from medical complications in 1980, he continued the message advocated by his father.

 

Biographical sketch:

Honorary Chairman IOSME; and Founder, Iran National Council
For over thirty years, Reza Pahlavi has been a leader and advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights for his countrymen. He maintains constant contact with his compatriots both inside and outside the country, traveling the world to meet with heads of state, legislators, policy-makers, concerned groups and student conclaves, giving voice to the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. He consistently speaks out against the widespread abuse and oppression of the Iranian people and calls for the establishment of a secular democracy in Iran. Since the country's fraudulent elections of 2009, Pahlavi's singular message has taken on a new air of urgency as to the desperate plight of women, children and Iranians who live in shadows of a human existence.
In addition to numerous articles, Reza Pahlavi has written three books on the state of affairs in Iran: Gozashteh va Ayandeh (Kayhan Publishing, 2000); Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran (Regnery, 2002); and IRAN: L’Heure du Choix [IRAN: The Deciding Hour] (Denoël, 2009).
Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran 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, during which time the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return to his homeland. Subsequently earning a degree in political science from the University of Southern California, Reza Pahlavi then became an accomplished jet fighter pilot, completing the US Air Force Training Program at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. During the Iran-Iraq War, Reza Pahlavi volunteered to serve his country’s military as a fighter pilot, but was declined by the clerical regime. Despite being forced to live in exile since 1978, Reza Pahlavi’s commitment and patriotic duty to Iran endures, as Founder of the Iran National Council and Honorary Chairman of the IOSME, Institute for an Open Society in the Middle East.  
Reza Pahlavi married Yasmine Etemad-Amini in 1986, and they are blessed with three daughters. Yasmine, graduate of George Washington University School of Law with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence, has practiced ten years at the Children’s Law Center as legal advocate for atrisk youth. In 1991, she founded the Foundation for the Children of Iran (FCI), providing lifesaving, free health care services to indigent Iranian children, complementing the humanitarian mission of her husband for the Middle East.

Additional biographical information can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reza_Pahlavi,_Crown_Prince_of_Iran.

The Miami Herald published an interview with the Crown Prince during his attendance at the World Strategic Forum in May 30, 2015.  A transcript can be found here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/issues-ideas/article22711197.html.

 

As stated in the Googles Sites entry for the IOSME (https://sites.google.com/site/institutemideast/):

 

Who are we?

IOSME was established in 2013 by a group of Americans deeply concerned about the lack of political, religious and gender freedoms, the glaring absence of democracy, the lack of human rights, and the advent of female and child slavery and sexual abuse in Islamic countries in the Middle East. As well as Islamic crimes against humanity.

In consideration of the present sensitive circumstances in the world and the ever-increasing threats to peace, security, prosperity and tranquility in the world, as well as to the territorial integrity of Middle Eastern countries, we have established IOSME.  IOSME, invites all parties who emphasize non-violent solutions based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to unite in a path of creating a worldwide democratic organization that defines crimes against Humanity as those of Article 7 of the Rome Statute; of the ICC ( International Criminal Court).

(a)    Murder

(b)   Extermination

(c)    Enslavement

(d)   Deportation or forcible transfer of population

(e)   Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law

(f)     Torture

(g)    Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of compatible gravity

(h)   Enforced disappearance of persons

(i)     The crime of Apartheid

(j)     Other inhumane acts of similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

The establishment of IOSME provides a bedrock for all civic and political organizations, despite their differing orientations and ideologies, through cooperation and deterrence from violence and revenge, to unite and act in support of the establishment of democracy and human rights in the Middle East.

 

What do we do?

IOSME dbaTIME (Tolerance In the Middle East), advocates and teaches the well- being of all humanity, particularly that of the Middle East. Our fund raising promotes our goals through these key areas;

(a)    Governmental Advocacy- Procuring national, and international political leaders producing policies and legislation toward the well- being of women, children, and  religious minorities in the Middle East, As well as legislation toward Security and democracy in the Middle East.
 
(b)    Media Resources- advocating principles Human rights, democratic values and instilling principles of world peace where all peoples are accorded respect and dignity. Combating female and child slavery and abuse.  Distributing age appropriate learning materials on human rights to children of all ages in the Middle East.
 
(c)    Academia - Establishing University Chairs throughout the world, teaching democratic values,  moral imperatives, human rights, gender freedom. Combating Female and child slavery, sexual abuse, and child abuse.
 

(d)   Building Alliances- With all groups of diverse ethnic, religious and sexual orientation in order to work toward effectively supporting democratic values and human rights.

 

How do we do it?
  •  Fundraising
  •  Advocacy
  •  Teaching
  •  Social media
  •  Building alliances

 

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