This week, world leaders will meet in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly. Among the attendees is Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Following June 12th hotly contested election where many believe he was elected after stealing several million votes, many Iranians reject his leadership and oppose any meeting or recognition of Ahmadinejad, especially by President Obama.
Among them is Iranian dissident and pro-democracy activist, Akbar Ganji. He commented on Ahmadinejad's visit and the situation in Iran today on CNN this morning. Here's a taste:
Today, the people of Iran are in need of the moral and spiritual support from people around the world. In the current circumstances the most important form of support would be to assist with the campaign of charging the leaders of Iran with "crimes against humanity" and to help disseminate this initiative so that it becomes the main avenue of engagement with Iran by the international community.
We are seeking to place this issue at the top of the international agenda so that leaders of the Iranian regime will think twice before traveling abroad as well as to make it morally unacceptable for leaders of democratic countries to extend a hand to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
We'll see what happens later this week and watch for Ganji's views on how the meetings went. For more on his call for universal human rights and democracy based on our common humanity, check out The Road to Democracy in Iran.