Excellency, Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Proposing to recognize October 29
the International Day of Cyrus the Great
As you might be aware, during the last 3 years,
International Committee to Save Pasargad has proposed that Iranians residing
all over the world would celebrate October 29
as Cyrus the Great
Day. This is the day in 539 BC when Cyrus entered
and announced his well-known
Declaration of Human Rights, recognized by the UN as the first document of the
human history that recognizes such rights for all the subjects of the
Four years ago, Cyrus’s mausoleum and its peripheral sites
were registered as parts of human heritage by UNESCO and were recognize as a
human sacred shrine. This was an action that went beyond a greatness of a historical
site and emphasized on the personality of an exemplary historical figure who
had introduced the notion of human rights so early in the history of mankind.
head of Research Department of Pasargad Heritage Foundation, at a ceremony
front of Cyrus’s mausoleum in Pasargad, proposed that the same should be recognized
as the Iran’s National Day. This suggestion was well received by all those who
have greatest esteem for the cultural and historical heritages of human race.
It emphasizes on a day when a new era was initiated not only in the history of Iran
but in the
annals of human life.
We think that UNESCO, by recognizing this annual event as
an international day, would provide a strong vehicle of focusing the attention
of people of the world to the roots and importance of Human Rights.
Upon the above premises, we, hereby, apply for the
recognition of October 29 as the International Day of Cyrus the Great.
With utmost regards
PHF’s Research Department