Cyrus Petition: Stop British Museum!

by Shorts

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To: British Museum

To: Mr John Curtis
Keeper, Department of the Middle East,
British Museum


Given that the Iranian government has confiscated Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, we are writing to humbly and respectfully urge you to reconsider the loan of the Cyrus cylinder to Iran.

The protection from seizure laws that the British Museum is counting on to protect the cylinder are unlikely to be respected.

You will also be aware of 2007's go-ahead for the Sivand dam, which threatens to 'drown' Pasargadae and Cyrus the Great's tomb ' in line with the Islamic Republic's history of hostility towards Iran's pre-Islamic heritage.

It cannot be trusted with such an important artefact.

Also, given the Islamic Republic's continuuing use of violence against peaceful demonstrators, the denial of this loan is a necessary act of solidarity with the injured, the detained and the dead of Iran's 'green movement'.

Please do not lend the Cyrus cylinder to Iran.

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by Anvar on

All it takes is for one zealous mullah to deem Cyrus’ praise to god Marduk on the cylinder as blasphemous and order its destruction.

However, I wouldn’t mind a replica of the Cyrus Cylinder to be put on display in Iran (by a private entity) to point out the irony of this declining civilization.


Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

With great remorse.  But the IRI uses the Law as a convenience, never observing it as an obligation. So Iran's museum curators, scholars, and culture lovers can't realistically promise to protect the artifact once it comes into their posession.



by benross on



Signed BUT

by HollyUSA on

I have a serious objection to the use of the word 'loan' in the letter. It is Iran's and must eventually be returned for good. But we won't argue now since we face a bigger threat.


By the way

by MeyBokhor_Manbarbesuzan on

I also think that all the artifacts stolen, and removed from Iraqi museums after the fall of Saddam should never be returned to the Iraqis. After all, if they are so "bi-orze" as not to be able to protect their heritage from the benevolent Americans and Jewish collectors, they don't deserve to have them in the first place. It is better to have them spread around the world under the patronage of those who can really appreciate them.

Then sometime in the future, if Iraqis behave and show "jaye doosto doshman" upon their masters' gestures, maybe and just maybe they can borrow them. That is of course if there is no petion by the enlightened Iraqis of diaspora to stop such an action.



by pedro on

It is utter foolishness to loan them the cylinder. It will be distroyed. I bet on it.


Adib Masumian


by Adib Masumian on


Maryam Hojjat

I Signed it

by Maryam Hojjat on

Thanks for asking.  We needed this petition.


Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

done !


Thanks, I signed it

by Cost-of-Progress on

It needs to be returned permanently to its rightful owner, the Iranian People, when a legitimate and secular government takes power in Iran..... 




Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

I really hope they listen.