Nothing is more central to Iranian culture than our poetry and the way we tell our stories to each other. We weave stories into carpets, recite poems at dinner, and tell fortunes from Hafez. We blog, write, and whisper to each other. Our music is rich and layered, marrying 700 year old poetry to modern music. Our history is one of many voices, styles, and ideas in conversation with each other over the centuries.
Arseh Sevom joins more than thirty organizations calling for the release of Kurdish activists. In the first month of 2021 alone, sources tell us that at least 96 individuals (88 men and 8 women) from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been arrested by the intelligence unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards or ministry of intelligence agents, sometimes violently.
Afghan civil society is working for peace even under threat and with the smell of blood and gunpowder all around them. In recent months, threats, kidnappings, and assassinations have directly targeted Afghan journalists and civil society activists.
As vaccines become available, it is critical that Iranians do not experience restrictions or delays due to economic sanctions that would endanger more lives. A swift and equitable vaccination campaign remains the best option to protect vulnerable populations from the virus.