Please sign this petition calling on Boston University Student Government to support BU Anti-War Coalition's resolution condemning the U.S. sanctions on Iran.
As the humanitarian crisis in Iran grows amid increasing U.S. and Western sanctions, it is imperative for Boston University Students to stand with the people of Iran against unethical and illogical U.S. foreign policy.
The text of the Resolution reads as follows:
Highlighting the Boston University Student Government’s unique position, in speaking with one voice for the student community, to attract attention to its pronouncements,
Recalling the Boston University Student Government’s historic participation in political issues of contemporary significance, including its brave and principled opposition to apartheid in South Africa
Noting the fact that Boston University, being a university of global reach, troubles in other parts of the world have local significance for many of its students,
Acknowledging the role of the Boston University Student Government in addressing issues of student concern, as well as fostering a culture in which the student body is both politically aware and engaged in contemporary issues,
Noting that, not more than a decade ago, the United States ended its blanket economic sanctions on Iraq, a regime of sanctions that, according to uncontroverted studies, led directly to the deaths of more than half-a-million Iraqi children under the age of 5,
Noting that the United States, in its policies towards Iran, has and is looking to implement the same kind of blanket economic sanctions on Iran, which have already led to hyperinflation, the dramatic fall-off of Iran’s currency, skyrocketing unemployment, a shortage of foods at market, and an incapacity to purchase critical medicines for various cancers and diseases,
Acknowledging that the United States has refused to engage in good-faith negotiations with Iran and has ignored a near-universally supported proposal, namely a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East.
The Boston University Student Government calls on the United States to end its sanctions regime on Iran and, at the very least, to ensure that Iran has not just the legal capacity, but also a real capacity, to purchase basic goods and medicines critical to the health and security of its civilian populations,
The Boston University Student Government calls on the United States to engage in good-faith negotiations in which Iran’s rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are respected, including its right to nuclear enrichment, and that such rights, properly granted by treaty instrument, not be subject to trade-off during negotiations,
The Boston University Student Government calls on the United States to engage in good-faith negotiations towards a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, and to put the requisite pressure on its close ally, Israel, the only Middle East state with nuclear weapons, to accede to a mutually-agreed treaty instrument that would establish such,
And finally, and most importantly, in working towards these ends, the Boston University Student Government promises to initiate and support programs that aim at educating the Boston University community of the ill effects of blanket economic sanctions on civilian populations, including lectures, discussion groups, debates, etc.