CASMII is an acronym for Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran. CASMII actively lobby for no foreign interference in Iran, no sanctions and no military intervention; that the people in Iran should be left alone to deal with their [abusive] government.
This might seem like a very good idea at first; however, if one investigates a little further they will find a startling problem, and possibly a distasteful reality. As CASMII argue, military intervention is not good because it’s the civilians who suffer mostly. General sanctions hurt the people too; so neither is a constructive approach to addressing the issues in Iran.
However, Smart sanctions that target the government officials and their assets is the way forward in coercive diplomacy. Yes, theoretically the Iranian people should be left to determine their own government and handle their affairs autonomously; however, the problem is that when they try to they are either tortured or executed for ‘waging war against God’ or ‘insulting the supreme leader’. Even the right to freedom of expression is stifled in that many newspaper companies have been shut down and the owners arrested for merely questioning the government’s approach. In contrast, how outraged would the British be if in the UK a newspaper company was shut down for questioning the government over their expenses fiasco?
According to countless United Nations documents on the human rights situation in Iran, the government of Iran oppresses, suppresses and abuses the human rights of the Iranian people; such constitutes violations of international law, and renders the Iranians powerless to act. In such a case, it is the duty of the international community to intervene in upholding and enforcing such laws. The fact that CASMII call for the non-interference of the international community offends the very civic and humanitarian duty of the human family. It appears that CASMII are lobbying the world to sit back and permit the continuation of human rights abuses in Iran - surely this is the type of lobbying in the West the IRI government would approve of and support?
Kaveh Afrasiabi drafted an article, criticising the BBC documentary on the death of Neda, that followed in the protests against the disputed June 12 Presidential election in Iran, as "80% propaganda". Afrasiabi offers a lamentable and inaccurate account of the abuse and manipulation of the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Neda, and attacks the medic who attempted to resuscitate Neda on the scene as if he is a suspect.
This all serves to portray CASMII as an IRI platform in the West, who is not in the least bit concerned about the human rights of the Iranian people in Iran.