|Resignation Letter of Pooya Dayanim from Exec. Cmte. of Iran Referendum Movement|
Members of The High Advisory Council:
Mr. Daryoush Homayun, Prof. Shaheen Fatemi, Mr. Heshmat Raisi, Mr. Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Mr. Peyman Aref, Mr. Kianoosh Sanjari, Ms. Nillofar Beyzaie (resigned), Prof. Mehdi Mozafferi (resigned), Dr. Khosrow Akmal and Dr. Peyman Payandeh
Members and alternates of the Central Committee:
Farakhondeh Modares, Mohammad Zohrieh, Behzad Karimi, Siamak Ghotbi, David Kazemieh, Mehrdad Ehsanipour, Shirin Tabibzadeh, Taghi Ghanimat, Resigned or nonparticipating members in protest: Reza Pirzadeh, Hamid Reza Zarifinia, Ali Rahimi, Fereydoun Farsie, Iman Foroutan, Khosrow Chavoshi, Heydargholi Boroumand, Taghi al-Reza, Shahram Nasseri, Arash Mahdavi, Shiva Moghadam, Sara Safiri, Kia Javid and Nasser Aghajani
Members of the Executive Committee:
Khosrow Beitollahi, Mohammad Schams, Massoud Khodadadi, Resigned and nonparticipating members in protest: Dr. Abdolsattar Dushouki, Afsaneh Ziaie, Ali Kashgar and Roya Teymouri
Re: Lack of Legal Quorum in the Central Committee and Executive Committee
Proposal for an emergency congress with theorist & signatories of the referendum
Resignation of Pooya Dayanim, Member, Executive Committee, Director of Foreign Affairs
It has been my view for several weeks (if not months) that the Committees formed under the mandate approved by the delegates to the Congress of the Iran Referendum Movement are illegal and illegitimate since they have been operating without an approved and mandated quorums (the Central Committee has no bylaws whatsoever.)
The Central Committee now has nine or ten out of the twenty-five members elected in Brussels. In most meetings there is no quorum. There are less than half of the originally elected members that now remain in the Central Committee. The Executive Committee now has three participating members instead of seven members. Any meeting without a quorum of four is illegitimate and its decisions are null and void.
Therefore, sadly, the various Committees of the Iran Referendum Movement, can no longer legitimately claim to speak on behalf of the supporters of the greatest political movement by the Iranian pro-democracy forces since the Iranian Revolution. Nor can the Committees claim to even represent the delegates attending the Referendum Congress in Brussels.
Hence, it is with regret, that out of respect for the 60,000,000 Iranians who dream of free and fair elections, the 37000 public signatories of the call for a Referendum and 250 delegates to the Brussels Congress, and respect for the democratic processes necessary in any democratic movement that I must announce my resignation from the Iran Referendum Movement.
Thankfully, the mandate and the regulations approved in Brussels and read by Mr. Homayun (who had the wise foresight to see the possibility for such a conundrum) in the Congress, provide for a solution to the present dilemma: an emergency Congress. No other solution exists nor shall it have any legitimacy.
I strongly urge those who continue to participate in the various committees to announce the need for an emergency Congress. I also strongly advise all to also seek the guidance of the political theorists and strategists in London and Berlin who formulated the idea of the referendum as a tool for a civil disobedience movement as well the original seven signatories to the call for the referendum (several of whom used their new fame to come to the United States and are now free to engage in the political discourse) in assuring that the problems that have come about are solved and that a future gathering can take place in the next few months with the participation of all the lovers of freedom from any and all political orientations. It is to this cause of national unity that I will be dedicating all my time and effort in the months ahead.
I will be forever grateful, as an Iranian, a Jew, and a representative of the age group that represents the majority of the Iranian population, to have been elected unanimously by such a vast rainbow coalition of diversity to the executive committee of the greatest pro-democracy movement since the Islamic revolution.
I assure you that I remain completely committed to the spirit and the call for a referendum and free and fair elections through a grassroots homegrown civil disobedience movement and will continue to stand tall next to all those who struggle for a free and democratic Iran.
I am sure you know that I will continue to play a constructive role in helping Iran and the Iranian people in the years and decades to come.
I look forward to all of us standing next to each other in even a greater gathering of pro-democracy forces very very soon.
A supporter of the Iran Referendum Movement
Former Director of Foreign Affairs, Iran Referendum Movement, Brussels
Foreign Affairs Advisor, Neshast-e-London (London Session)
President, Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee (IJPAC)