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WAVE World Against Violent Extremism

During the September 2013 United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed that the General Assembly take steps against “violence and extremism” by creating a United Nations initiative entitled “WAVE: World Against Violence and Extremism.”

Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran invites you and the entire world community to take a step forward; an invitation to join the WAVE: World Against Violence and Extremism. We should accept and be able to open a new horizon in which peace will prevail over war, tolerance over violence, progress over bloodletting, justice over discrimination, prosperity over poverty, and freedom over despotism. - Hassan Rouhani

On December 18, 2013, following Rouhani’s proposal, the UN adopted the Iranian-authored “World Against Violent Extremism” Act. This act encourages “respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction of any kind such as to race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.” The 11 co-sponsors of the resolution included notorious human rights abusers such as Syria, Cuba and Venezuela.

Given the Iranian regime’s long-time sponsorship of terrorism worldwide, egregious human rights record and hate speech against the U.S. and the West, the ideals espoused under WAVE in no way comport with the record of Rouhani's government. Rather, WAVE is a rhetorical ploy to mask the Iranian regime's 35-year record of violence and extremism and is an affront to the United Nations and its principles. One year after the announcement of WAVE, Rouhani in particular should be held accountable for his failure to alleviate the international community's established concerns about Tehran's violent oppression of its citizens, state sponsorship of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and refusal to roll back its illicit nuclear program.

Below are comprehensive research reports that detail Iran’s abhorrent track record and further highlight the hypocrisy of an Iran-sponsored resolution for “peace” at the United Nations.