For nearly one hundred years the Iranian people have struggled to bring democracy to Iran. Though governments have changed, political regimes have consistently been despotic with but two exceptions when for brief periods democratic governments served the people in recent history. However, these governments were constantly under attack from within and externally by foreign interests. Non-democratic, suppressive governments became the rule in Iran. The worst manifestation of this historical trend is the revolution of 1979 by the Islamists which brought to power the most brutal of all dictatorial regimes in Iranian history.
Summer of 2009 fraudulent elections brought the populace out into the streets to protest the stolen vote. Paid henchmen broke heads and shot to kill. People were imprisoned by the hundreds without either a hearing or a public trial. Moreover, many prisoners were tortured, often to death. In these vicious manners the protests were suppressed; but not for long. Demonstrations demanding free and fair elections and the rule of law have sporadically broken out only to meet the same repressive tactics. The theocracy continues to rule even where rejected by the people. Human rights and the rule of law do not exist in Iran.
It is believed that sooner or later the citizens will prevail in bringing down the illegitimate government of Iran, and therefore, a policy institute (Think Tank) is created to engage in planning and research — Iran National Planning Group (INPG). The purpose of the institute is to provide the focal point for the development of ideas, planning process, and recommendations for the building of institutions in Iran to provide support for a popular democracy, and establishing a major role for Iran towards securing peace and political stability in the Middle East. INPG is structured to meet Iranian social and cultural realities, as well as International development and political affairs in the world stage we are all living in. Plans will be designed in such manners so as to support the development of the economy, the implementation of a democratically-oriented legal system, and the selection of a police force and judges who will be charged with carrying out civil laws in fair and impartial manner, while safeguarding interests of its allies on International affairs – with respect to energy, trade and development programs. The institute will also develop methods that can eliminate the possibility of corruption at all levels of the governments. Additionally, the proposed legal system will place the armed forces under civilian control and ensure that the military is not actively involved in the economy or political affairs of the country.
This institute will serve as the focal point for academicians and researchers and others of Iranian, European and American personnel whose work relates to Iran and the development of a democratic state that will fit with Iran’s history and culture. The institute will collect, analyze and disseminate information and analyses concerning critical events as they occur both in Iran and in other countries in the Middle East that often escape public attention given the limited access of a free press in those areas. The institute will be directed and managed by foreign-based Iranians and other scholars with a deep interest and relevant knowledge of Iranian affairs broadly defined. Using modern communications technology such as the Internet, cell phones and other advanced technologies to communicate with persons and groups in Iran who share a common desire for a participative form of government, it becomes feasible for them to participate in the work of the Institute.
The institute will recruit scholars from all over the world to work with it, sponsoring relevant studies in order to provide the analyses and reports essential to the ultimate accomplishment of the institute's principle goal which is to promote a democratic form of government in Iran consistent with the country’s long yearning for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, a free press, and, most critical of all, freedom from violent government, dictatorial rule, show-trials, police brutality, corruption and the diversion of national resources to private gains by a few oligarchs.
Invitation to all scholars
INPG extends invitations to all scholars and political activists within Iran or abroad to send us their thoughts, suggestions, or white papers on issues that are critical and facing the Iranians. INPG will share the submissions with other scholars who are expert in the corresponding field and provide a consensus of thoughts or resolution to be published on the Web Site for the good of the nation.
The names and identities of all contributors will be kept confidential for their own protection. Operational details of every proposed plan will be available only to the authors/contributors, and the master copy will be kept in INPG's archive in confidence. Summary of final articles will be made available on this website for download.