#Iran -- Time for Attention to Human Rights
Arseh Sevom--Trust, but verify: that is the message of the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. The completed agreement sent hopes of better times soaring in Iran where a whole generation has felt itself sacrificed to hardline policies and the results of sanctions. If trust can be built in the wake of these negotiations, there is an opportunity for the international community to engage Iran on its human rights record. That is the next step.
#Iran -- Can Activists Return Safely?
Arseh Sevom – It’s been more than 100 days since Hassan Rouhani took office. Despite slow progress on human rights, many exiled activists are planning to return. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear negotiations are about to restart, and Iran’s top negotiator is working to get his country’s message out via social media. Over 25 NGOs and civil rights organizations wrote a letter asking UN representatives to vote to hold Iran accountable for continuing human rights violations. The message: human rights are not negotiable.
Deepening Human Rights Crisis in Iran
The new administration of President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to tackle a range of human rights issues in Iran, by eliminating discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities, and ensuring respect for the right to freedom of expression, among other measures. Despite these welcome signals, human rights abuses are deeply rooted in Iran’s laws and policies, many of which pose a serious barrier to the executive branch’s ability to push through much needed rights reforms.
Four diverse civil society organizations --Arseh Sevom, The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, United4Iran, and Sanctioned Life -- have launched JUST ACCESS, an international campaign to ensure access to medication, humanitarian goods, and other non-sanctioned items by people living in Iran. The campaign focuses on the unintended effects of economic sanctions on people living in Iran. Our objective is for the European Union to create a payment channel allowing the purchase of non-sanctioned items, such as medication and humanitarian goods. Click here to read the campaign statement.