Hello my Iranian brothers and sisters. I am Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Three years ago the world witnessed millions of you standing up against repression, demanding democracy and human rights. The spark that you lit in Iran has inspired unprecedented change in the region.
However, in Iran, your demands have yet to be realized. Oppression continues.
Many great nations have gone through such struggles, which often take decades to resolve. If South Africa could change, change is possible anywhere.
Continue on your path. Remember it is always darkest before dawn.
To the rulers of Iran: bend to the will of the people. Your Excellency, Ayatollah Khameni, set the children of Iran free. Ayatollah Larijani, close Evin prison, just as Robben Island Prison was closed in South Africa.
To Iran’s religious leaders: Oppose the use of imprisonment, torture, and murder in the name of religion. These actions do not reflect the Muslim faith.
To all world leaders on this anniversary: let us renew our commitment to support the Iranian people and their struggle for democracy and human rights. Imprisonment should not be repercussion for courage and dignity.
To Iranians abroad, and indeed all people: our lives and future are intertwined. Use your freedom to demand theirs.
Change begins with people of great courage. My children Narges and Majid, you are in our hearts. Hossein Maleki, our prayers rings out for you. And to the rest of brave Iranians striving for a better Iran, continue on your path. We are with you.
“fardA az Ane mast.” (The future is ours.)