October 28, 2018
Alliance for a New Iran (ABAN)
The formation of the Alliance for a New Iran (ABAN) is honored to announce its presence on this October 28, the day commemorating Cyrus the Great. The Proclamation of ABAN, which includes the aims, ideology, necessity, means of transition, and methods for building a New Iran, will be published and disseminated from today onward through radio and television, the press, and social media. In order to familiarize yourself with ABAN please read its Proclamation with care and make us aware of your constructive criticisms. This Proclamation is available on the ABAN telegram channel with the address t.me/abanorg. Please submit your views to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABAN is a socio-political organization formed on the basis of “Nation-ism” and for the sake of building a New Iran. “Nationism” is a multidimensional concept that includes demographic, governmental, economic, political, environmental, social, cultural, and international dimensions. A Nationist is an Iranian who strives with his heart and soul for the sake of his country’s improvement, and whose goals are making the people happy, industriously cultivating the land, making the culture flower, establishing the rule of law, and elevating Iran’s standing in the world.
The aim of ABAN is to unify Iranians inside and outside of the country around this idea. We respect the intellectual and operational independence of all individuals and groups. ABAN encourages the cooperation of non-Iranians in the achievement of this aim, albeit with regard for the maintenance of Iran’s national sovereignty and independence. The political independence of ABAN from any and all foreign governments is a steadfast principle of our organization. Preservation of the territorial integrity of the country, the unity of Iran as a nation, Persian as the national language of Iran, and social justice for all Iranians, are among the non-negotiable principles of ABAN Nationists.
The New Iran will be an Iran within the framework of the following principles: A secular and democratic regime, a powerful yet peaceful nation, a clean and cultivated country, with a rich and flowering culture, and a regime that is a lawful and lofty member of the international community. The indispensable values of a New Iran include: the will for freedom on an individual and social level, social justice and the inculcation of ethics, the struggle against prejudice and discrimination, abstention from political vengeance, the promotion of peace, and a national independence that does not devolve into isolationism within the context of an increasingly globalized world. These values and principles are the leaven of the Constitution of a New Iran, one aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant international conventions.
The extremely grave crisis situation and the backwardness of the country in the governmental, economic, political, environmental, cultural, and international relations domains, taken together with the impotence of the religious rulers in resolving these problems, their obliviousness to the national will for the participation of all Iranians in determining the destiny of their country, the national humiliation caused by taking refuge abroad, the insult to the identity and passport of Iranians, and the factional infighting amongst populist forces and political groups, are all among the most fundamental reasons for forming ABAN. We believe that continuance of the current state of affairs will most certainly push the country off a cliff and into the chasm of annihilation, and for the sake of preempting and averting this otherwise certain collapse, the religious rulers must be expelled from power and replaced by Iranian Nationists.
New ideas change countries, and for bringing a “New Iran” into being we need to make use of a “new idea.” Many ideas have been tried in contemporary Iran. The five of them that played a particularly prominent role are Constitutionalism, Iranism, Socialism, Nationalism, and Islamism. Unfortunately, none of these ideas was able to build a New Iran on its own, and the efforts that each of them made in this direction miscarried. These ideas, some of which were new in their own time, engaged in ideological confrontation with one another instead of allying to benefit the country. The bias of these ideas, usually on account of their one-dimensional view of Iran, was the main reason for their defeat. Our proposed Nationism is multidimensional and has the capability to foster unity and cooperation between the forces that have been attracted to these one-dimensional ideas.
A majority of Iranians no longer want to live with a government that is more interested in promulgating superstition than in improving their material conditions or livelihood. Iranians today are concerned about their future and that of their young children. Meanwhile, despite the stubborn will of its religious leaders, the Islamic Republic does not have the power to secure a new lease on life. In addition to the deepening crises, the majority of the leadership and managerial forces of the regime have been worn out intellectually. The religious regime has lost its political coherence and its practical managerial capability. The governments of the region and in the world do not want to work with the religious regime, even if they occasionally appease it. Iran today is in an irreversible state of transition from out of the religious regime.
That having been said, the people of Iran do not simply want an “overthrow” as they did forty years ago. They are more concerned with contemplating what constructive endeavors there may be following the overthrow. Iranians clearly feel that transition from out of this regime must come to pass with as little cost as possible, and in a realistic, secure, and rapid manner. Above all, the transition must result in a regime that is concerned with fostering development and building a New Iran. ABAN has these same preconditions as the people. But unfortunately, the options offered by most political forces opposed to the regime fail to meet at least some, if not all, of these conditions. Their proposals are lacking in attention to the challenging realities of the country. They are after courses of action that either will not resolve the crisis, are not practicable, or will magnify the dimensions of the crisis and the costs of transition.
With a view to the internal situation of the country, foreign pressures, and the insistence of the sovereign government to stay the course and maintain the current state of affairs, the three options of revolution, a coup d’état or a military revolt and popular uprising, have a high chance of materializing in either a spontaneous or an imposed manner. The preference of ABAN for transition out of the extant sovereign government, includes:
- Dialogue and populist pressure for structural changes.
- A military revolt with the backing of the populist elite.
- A non-violent uprising on the part of the working class.
ABAN would accept the last two options manifesting as exigencies and would enter onto the scene in a serious manner with a view to constructively guiding them. At the same time, ABAN supports any course of action that meets the following conditions:
- Seeing through the transition under conditions of security.
- Having a chance of success.
- Coming to pass with the least possible cost in blood and treasure.
- Reaching its conclusion rapidly.
- Being constructive after the transition.
The ABAN package of proposed structural changes includes these items:
- Implementation of the original ideals of the revolution, including freedom, justice, and independence.
- Freeing of political prisoners and those incarcerated for their beliefs.
- The separation of religion from government.
- Dissolution of the Guardian Council and other institutions controlled by the rulers.
- Free elections to determine who serves in the executive and legislative branches of government.
- Purging the judiciary and placing a judge who is not from the clergy, and who has the approval of the people, at the head of that branch of government.
- Revision of the constitution and dissolution of the sovereignty of the clergy in favor of that of the sovereignty of the people.
- Unconditional assurance of personal and social freedoms, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, of dress, of gatherings and parties.
- The elimination of every form of discrimination against citizens, Iranian peoples, and the minorities of the country.
- Emphasis on peaceful international relations.
- A constitutional prohibition of political revenge regardless of the excuses made for it.
All of the elements of this package are inextricable from one another and must be implemented in their totality.
The program of ABAN for two conditions, the immediate situation and long-term development, will be designed and prepared for implementation in two stages. In the first stage, the goal is rapidly resolving the economic, political, environmental, cultural, governmental and international crises of the country. A rapid and tactful transition from out of this hazardous situation must be the priority of the transitional government. In the second stage, the comprehensive development of the country will be considered. This middle and long-term program revolves around axes that include: the development of the government and of civil society; economic development; political development; social development; cultural development; spatial development; and development of international relations. The aim of the development program at this stage is the building of a New Iran, wherein people will be joyous, the land will be well-cultivated and industriously developed, the society dynamic, the culture flowering, and the government legitimate. The country will have authoritative power and a relationship with the world that can be a source of pride.
The building of a New Iran begins with the comprehensive development of its people, and the ultimate goal of this development must be making Iranians happy and democratic. The people of Iran are made up of three social classes: the lower-income and working class, the middle class and intellectuals, and professionals and capital-owning people. The poor and workers have their basic needs, especially work, housing, education, health, and recreation. They seek a just distribution of the country’s resources. The middle and intellectual class needs freedom and wants political development. The upper and professional class have a need for the accumulation of capital and provision of services. They want economic and political stability. The following program for the democratic development of the country and the happiness of the people is meant to be answerable to these diverse needs.
Other important social forces exist that have their own special needs. These include women, the youth, teachers, government workers, immigrants, religious minorities, disabled people, the clergy, and military men. Besides those needs that they have attendant to the social class that they belong to, these forces have other special needs and wants that must be met. For example, there is the problem of discrimination that faces women and minorities, and the problem that the disabled and the youth have with gaining access to resources and recreation. The ABAN program of action will also be responsive to the needs of these special groups in society.
Building a New Iran without building new Iranians is impossible. We are hopeful that the ideal of “good thoughts, good words, and good deeds” will become the leaven of the character of all Iranians and of their political culture. In order to build such Iranians, we Nationists of ABAN will, on the basis of the idea of Nationism, struggle with our heart and soul and make sacrifices for the progress of all of our people, land, government, and culture, and to promote positive international relations for Iran. We want you to join us and do likewise. In this movement toward a New Iran, our guide is the principle of citizenship, the equality of all citizens, and an end to discrimination amongst them on any basis. We ABANists will never compromise on this principle.
Joy to the people of Iran! Long live the land of Iran!