Arseh Sevom–The final post of a three-part series summarizing the Hivos report, The Green Movement: Seizing the State or Democratizing Society, examines the long struggle for democracy in Iran and the stunted growth of its civil society. Editor Shervin Nekuee states that “The most essential question these citizens have to deal with is whether they are capable of preventing the arrival of yet another tyrant…” Civil Society activist Sohrab Razzaghi says, “The fundamental issue is that the idea of a civil society is not yet considered a social project among Iranian intelligentsia and social forces [...]”
Arseh Sevom–The presence of women in the public demonstrations of the Green Movement before and after Iran’s 2009 presidential elections was undeniable. They were on the front lines, in public, advocating for change. Their voices were strong during the nightly chants from Tehran’s rooftops. The non-hierarchical structure of the womens’ movement and its long history building coalitions among people with different political ideologies was key for the dispersed leadership of the Green Movement. While the women’s movement may have contributed to the discourse on non-violence, violence is unavoidable for a resistance movement writes author Ammar Maleki in his contribution. He writes, “Civil resistance avoids violence, but it never escapes it; if that were the case then it would never be resistance.” In this short piece, chapters two and three of the Hivos report, The Green Movement: Seizing the State or Democratizing Society, are summarized. This is part two of a three-part series.
Arseh Sevom — In a recent Hivos report examining Iran’s Green Movement since the 2009 presidential campaign until now, researchers and activists reflect on different aspects of the movement. This is the first of several posts summarizing the content of the report.
What does it take to make change?
On Monday, April 18th, The University of Amsterdam, IKV Pax Christi, and Hivos sponsored a day-long seminar, Middle Eastern Perspectives on the Revolutions, on the recent events in the Arab world. In a series of short posts, Arseh Sevom will summarize some of the discussion that occurred that day. We will look at specific themes such as women’s involvement and the struggle for women’s rights, involvement of trade unions, and the struggles of ethnic and religious minorities.
On the recommendation of a group of Iranian parliament representatives, the bill for the “Establishment and Supervision of NGOs” has been dropped from the agenda of the assembly and sent back to committee for review. The articles of the bill which had already been approved by Iran’s parliament will stand. The recommendation to send the [...]
PUBLIC STATEMENT 10 April 2011 AI Index: MDE 13/044/2011 Iran: Parliament ignores concerns of independent civil society organisations over draft bill Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and nine human and labour rights organizations today expressed dismay at parliamentary proceedings in Iran which look set to pass into law a bill which appears intended to wipe [...]
At 1:30 PM, Thursday 15 March, 2007, when members of the board of directors of ICTRC were holding a weekly meeting and most of the staff were present at the ICTRC office, the Intelligence forces (4 persons at first, but 2 other persons showed up later too) came to ICTRC office holding a search warrant issued by the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Court.