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Human Rights in Iran: taking stock on the 5th anniversary of the 'Green Movement'

Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament


  • Prof Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor of International Law, McGill University
  • Shadi Sadr, Founder, Justice for Iran
  • Nazenin Ansari, Diplomatic Editor, Kayhan London
  • Dr Hadi Enayat, Visiting Lecturer, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University)
  • Roya Kashefi, Head of the Human Rights Committee, Association of Iranian Researchers (ACI)

Chair: Jeremy Corbyn MP

June 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the 2009 post-election uprising and the birth of the 'Green Movement' civil society phenomenon in Iran. The events of 2009 served as a meeting point for the pre-revolutionary generation of experts and activists and their post-revolutionary counterparts who are often young, tech savvy and post-ideological. However since the post-election protests were forcefully put down, both generations of activists have faced increased pressure from the security services who have tried to halt the increasing numbers of grassroots activists, networks and organisations that are working on human rights in Iran.

This seminar event will use as the basis for discussion the Foreign Policy Centre's Iran Human Rights Review project that aims to serve as a platform for the voices of both established and emerging figures involved in Iranian human rights research and activism. The event will particularly focus on the findings of the January 2014 Violence edition and the upcoming IHRR editions on the role of the UN and the concept of justice. The discussion will also touch on the findings of three previous editions on Youth, Access to Information and Religion. The panel of experts comprises some of the key contributors to these editions.

The event is free and open to all.

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