Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

The Only Way Forward

میر حسین موسوی: خاتمی:باید از حكومت بخواهیم كه پاسخگویی در برابر مردم را بپذیرند / Khatami: The government must be held accountable


Former two-term president, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, in a meeting with a group of war veterans said that the government must be rated based on its abidance to the justice and ethics. He added: “Neither the prophet [Mohammad] nor Imam Ali (the first Imam of Shi’a) and not the true representatives of the religion were willing to force their ruling on the people at any cost without consent of the people or what today is known as their votes and will.” 

In another part of his remark regarding the satisfaction of the people, Khatami said: “The prerequisite for the people’s satisfaction is the government’s being accountable in front of the people.” He continued: “In such [accountable] government, the freedom of view and speech in the society is a solid principle and the fundamental rights of the people and guarding them is the ethical justice.” Khatami added: “The appropriate system at this era is democracy (with all its features).” 

While emphasizing that if there be injustice in the name of justice, it is even worse, Mohmmad Khatami added: “The freedom of speech, gatherings and organizations must be defended and if these freedoms be limited in the name of the revolution, it is even worse. We should warn anywhere we feel that one of people’s rights is being violated and we should move toward a situation that we have a society that has fundamental rights, ethics and justice.” 

Khatami continued: We should demand that different parts and sectors of the government accept accountability in front of the people and act within the boundaries of the law instead of interpreting it as they wish and suspend parts of it.” 

In another part of his remarks, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami condemned the terrorist attack in Zahedan (Southeast of Iran) and said: “The horrible crime that happened in Zahedan by the hands of terrorists is condemned. While offering condolence to the families of the beloved martyrs and praying for the wounded and victims of this tragedy, we should not forget the evil hands behind this event.” 

Khatami also questioned the intentions to permit hated terrorists to restart their works and be removed from the list of terrorist organizations (reference to the Mojahedin Khalgh Organization – MKO, which have assassinated several government officials and beloved public figure at the beginning of the revolution and have murdered thousands of civilians in bomb attacks and have been under the United States list of terrorist groups but are being removed from the list). Khatami added: “For sure, our nation with the hate that it has for all the criminal and terrorist traitors, will see this as a conspiracy against itself.”


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