The name Azadegan which appears
repeatedly in epic Shahnameh of Ferdousi, is synonymous with "Iranians".
We have chosen this name in commemoration of the late nationalist and
secular, General Dr. Bahram Ariana. Shortly after the 1979 revolution and
usurping of power by the clerics , Dr. Ariana with a few civilian and
military compatriots, including myself, founded the Azadegan organization in Paris. The
purpose of the organization was the liberation of Iran from the despotic
and regressive rule of the clerics and the establishment of a democracy in
With the passing
of Ariana in
1985 the torch dimmed, and activities of the organization came to stand
still. A few years ago we re-ignited the torch to help achieve the noble
hopes and aspirations of the Iranian people.
Dr. Assad Homayoun
President of Azadegan Iran