For a Free and Democratic Iran


Constitutionalists Movement of Iran

(Summary of Charter)

A: Introduction:

Our struggle is for liberating our country from religious fascism and laying the foundation for a democratic and progressive Iran. A free society cannot be established unless its people have reached agreement on key principle fundamentals, and a democratic political system is in place to preserve those principles. Independence, territorial integrity, national unity, sovereignty and human rights are the principles that majority of Iranians agree upon. In our opinion, while there is still a remnant of Iran left, the Islamic Republic must be overthrown.

B: Political Platform

Nationalism is the manifestation of a nation's determination to preserve its rights and identity; standing steadfast against encroachment and defending its national interests. Democracy places the individual human rights at the center of political contemplation. All the governing forces shall come from the people and the society shall be organized so that the rights of the people are preserved. Progressivism is a national commitment to economical, political and cultural expansion and progress. The aspiration and struggle of a nation are to prevail over poverty and regression, to attain the modern world and to build a flourishing powerful country with an informed and prosperous population.

On the basis of these values, we announce the following principles as our political agenda:

1. Iran's independence, territorial integrity and national unity are of utmost importance to us, and we shall defend them at any cost and under any circumstances.

2. Sovereignty of the people and rule of law shall be the pillars of the political system in Iran. Free elections shall decide the fate of the country, its form of government and policies.

3. We believe that constitutional monarchy is the most suitable regime and form of government for Iran, and will instigate whatsoever lawful and democratic struggles necessary, to institute the constitutional monarchist system and the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi II .

4. No law nor any majority can take away the natural and inalienable rights of the people. These rights that are defined in the International Human Rights Declaration, Political Rights Treaties and Civil, Economic, Sociological and Cultural Agreements and Covenants, include provisions for protection of lives, properties and freedom of the people under the law and obligations of government in providing the minimum human living conditions for all the people.

5. All people are equal before the law, and no ethnic, religious, gender or class preference will be given to anyone. No one has the right to decide the fate of others based on divine representation or divine blessings. Theology and religion are separated from the government.

6. Political parties, labor and trade unions and associations with any ideology shall be allowed. The judicial system shall protect their rights and their membership. Freedom of the media shall be guaranteed through enactment of necessary legislation.

7. Through elected assemblies, all political subdivisions shall have the necessary authority for managing their internal affairs within their boundaries.

8. Farsi is the symbol of national unity and is the national and official language of Iran and every Iranian has the right to speak and learn their local indigenous language.

9. The Judicial system shall be independent of political and religious authorities. Ensuring the constitutionality of ordinary laws, overseeing the implementation of laws, and investigations of people's complaints against the government are the duties of the judicial system.

10. Iran's foreign policy shall be based on sustaining national independence and sovereignty, independence from other powers, cooperation with neighboring countries and reciprocal friendships with all nations, while steering away from adventurous foreign policies.

11. Iran shall mobilize its armed forces according to its defensive and security needs. Emphasis of Iran's foreign and defensive policies shall be placed on increased reciprocal trust and cooperation in the region, prevention of the armament's race in the Persian Gulf and elimination of all chemical and nuclear weapons from the Southwest Asia.

12. Enabling all productive forces and support of all endeavors that expand the economy and raise the living standards are the basis of a progressive and efficient economic policy. Government shall avoid ownership and management of corporations with the exception of key strategic industries. It shall use its forces to prevent monopoly, inequitable competition, protect consumers, create favorable conditions for economic growth and protect industrial and financial institutions against foreign competition until they reach maturity.

13. Agricultural and rural development shall be fostered along with the expansion of the industries and services. This shall be accomplished through agricultural price guarantees, availability of industries and services in the villages, expansion of agricultural aid programs, improved distribution systems and related measures.

14. Men and Women shall have equal political, societal and legal rights. Unity and stability of families, equality of men and women in family matters, particularly children's rights shall be guaranteed. Child care facilities shall be established to facilitate women's entry into the work force.

15. Culture is key to society's progress. Freedom for arts, artistic expression, scientific research, development of national and local cultures, encouraging artists and scientist shall be the guiding principals of cultural policies.

16. Education shall have the highest priority. No investment shall be spared in increasing the level of education for all age groups: particularly children and adolescents. Technical and vocational training through mobilizing the resources of public and private institutions shall play a major role in education. Universities shall cooperate with other institutions in technical and scientific research. Educational planning shall be performed with attention to the needs of the employers and in conjunction with the overall comprehensive planning. Iranian children shall be acquainted with nationalistic and humane values, and be educated with an open mind upon free scientific reflection. Teachers, professors and educators shall be properly compensated.

17. Iran's economical expansion shall be in conjunction with the preservation and improvement of its environment. Air, water, soil and forests shall be protected against pollution, erosion and destruction.

18. Just distribution of national income and services, closure of the gap between rural and urban living standards, equal opportunity for all, unemployment, disability, health and retirement insurance benefits: support of families and children without guardians particularly those of war casualties and disabled are inseparable parts of a national recovery and progress plan.

19. Reconstruction of the war-torn areas, compensation of refugees and provision of housing for the people shall be the top priority in the development of Iranian cities and villages.

20. Competent committees shall be set up to compensate people for their losses and resolve the financial disputes raised due to the revolution. Suitable conditions for the return of the expelled Iranians shall be provided. Even though nothing can compensate the self sacrifice of the people who risked and lost their lives during the revolution and the war, resources shall be secured to provide for the livelihood of the surviving dependents.

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