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With the new Iran deal, Biden turns a blind eye to human rights

As a child, I grew up with the slogan ‘Death to America’ ​​but secretly heard America is the house of freedom.

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Iranian president Ebrahim Reisi // Intell 4

I am writing this letter not to Biden and his gang but to the American people. I am writing to the LGBT community in America. I am writing to all those deceived by the rainbow flags of Joe Biden’s election campaign. I am your fellow gay friend from Iran. I am 28 years old and was born and raised in Tehran. Thanks to the Internet and satellite television, I was not fooled by the Islamic regime’s anti-American propaganda. I got to know the real America. The one that stands for freedom, human rights, freedom of expression, and equality.

Over the past couple of days, international news agencies have reported that the Iranian regime and the Biden administration are reaching an agreement to lift U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic and return to the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. 

According to reports from Vienna, where the negotiations are happening, the deal will put an end to all sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader office, and the Revolutionary Guards will be removed from the list of U.S. terrorist organizations. The Islamic Republic also calls on the U.S. Congress to ensure that future U.S. governments do not withdraw from the agreement. An agreement that many countries, including Israel, believe is even weaker than the original Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Interestingly, Biden’s Democrat administration reached an agreement with the government of Ebrahim Reisi–the Iranian hardliner president responsible for killing thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s. Many human rights activists in Iran call him the butcher of Tehran. A government whose ministers are mostly on the U.S. terrorist list.

 This approach alone shows how much the current U.S. administration has turned a blind eye to human rights issues in Iran and what is known as “American values.”

Wasn’t the Biden government the same one that came to power with all kinds of promises about human rights, women’s and LGBT rights? Wasn’t Biden’s government the same one that appointed the first “woman vice president”? Isn’t Biden the president who claims to have chosen a gay man to become a Cabinet secretary for the first time?

The same government has now not only agreed to negotiate with the “butcher of Tehran” but has also reached an agreement that helps the Iranian Revolutionary Guards expand its regional and international terrorist empire and allows the corrupt office of the Supreme Leader of Iran to engage in international trade without any difficulty.

Did it ever occur to Biden’s gay Cabinet secretary or the smiling female vice president to ask the president what would happen to women’s and LGBT rights in Iran? Does anyone remember that according to Amnesty International, half of the world’s executions had taken place in Iran in 2021? Does anyone remember that in the last few months, since the summer of 2021, at least four LGBT people have been executed in Iran? Does anyone in Biden’s “pro-human rights government,” remember that dozens of women’s rights activists, including Narges Mohammadi and Nasrin Sotoudeh, are in prison? Does anyone remember that Baktash Abtin, an author and critic of the Iranian regime, just a month ago lost his life in an Iranian prison? Does anyone remember that the corrupt Islamic government, in the initial agreement of JCPOA, spent the oil income to facilitate the regional and international terrorist groups with money and weapons to fight America?

Put yourself in the shoes of ordinary people in Iran. Those who have experienced nothing but poverty, fear, and suppression of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the last four decades. If you were the people of Iran, would you respect and value the United States of America?

Put yourself in the shoes of a 28-year-old gay man in Tehran. Do you expect me to enjoy the rainbow flags which will be flown on the White House and the U.S. embassies during Pride month in June? Do you expect me to enjoy watching a picture of the romantic kisses of Pete Buttigieg and his boyfriend? Do you expect me to believe Kamala Harris when she talks about women’s rights and people of color?

As a child, I grew up with the slogan “Death to America” ​​but secretly heard at home that this is the regime’s propaganda and that America is a friend of the Iranian people. I heard that America is the house of freedom. I learnt that the United States is a superior power and stands by the Iranian people. I will never forget the day same-sex marriage was permitted in the U.S., when a gay politician, Richard Grenell, became the first gay U.S. ambassador to Germany and then the first Acting Director of National Intelligence.

But now what? Negotiating with a government whose president does not hesitate to say he has killed thousands of political dissidents, suppressed libertarians, severely restricted Internet access in recent months, jailed more journalists, and made clear to us LGBT people that he is a homophobe? 

I am a human being like you; I have the right to live in a society that accepts me and has a government supporting me. An oppressive Islamic government is not that government. 

Frankly, I do not expect the U.S. government to help the Iranian people’s freedom movement anymore. I do not expect the U.S. to stand by the people of Iran, but we do not expect America to stand in front of us. We were hoping that, at least, the U.S. would not help the survival of this government. 

Ebrahim Reisi cannot be the president of a gay man. But if you voted for Joe Biden and considered him your candidate, know that he has put your Iranian LGBT friends in the worst situation. We are stuck behind iron walls. In the Ayatollah’s Iran, our destiny is nothing but death. And Joe Biden, your president, is responsible for it.  

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