Civil Society

September 26, 2020
Young woman wearing a multi-colored scarf and holding a cardboard sign that reads "Make Racism Wrong Again"

Meet Raziya: Lawyer, Activist, Peace Maker

"Standing by my side means defending voiceless people. Let’s rise for together for freedom, human rights, equality and real peace."  
September 1, 2020
Flag of Iran overlaid with a black banner labeled "censorship" and a bear's paw removing the black banner.

Grrrrr…Tunnel Bear is Offering Free VPN Services to Folks in Iran

Amazing effort from Tunnel Bear to provide internet access to people in Iran using their VPN.
August 13, 2020
Image of people arm in arm with diverse religious symbols

Arseh Sevom Introduces Project Bani Adam

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.
August 4, 2020

Human rights organizations call for the release of Abbas Lisani

Once again, Iran shows that it will brook no dissent with the unfair sentencing of rights activist Abbas Lisani.
June 16, 2020

Renew the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

The intentional use of lethal force by Iran's security forces led to the killing of hundreds of protesters and bystanders, including children, who posed no imminent threat.
December 19, 2019
The Iranian State's violent repression of protesters, including unlawful killings, took place under the cover of a near total shutdown of the global Internet. Thousands were arrested, some were forcibly disappeared or arbitrarily detained and denied access to their families and due process.

24 Human Rights Groups Call for a UN Special Session to Address Repression in Iran

Arseh Sevom joins 23 other organizations to call for a special session of the UN to address repression and state violence in Iran
September 10, 2019
Sahar Khodayari at a soccer match with her face painted and a blue wig.

Sahar Khodayari, Iran’s Blue Girl Dies

Sahar Khodayari became known as the blue girl for painting her face blue to support her favorite Iranian football team. When she was told she may face a prison sentence from six months to two years for daring to attend a soccer game, she set herself on fire.
November 8, 2018

Civilians caught in sanctions crossfire need Geneva Convention protection

"Causing hunger and disease through economic instruments should not be accepted in the 21st century.”
August 7, 2018

Is Iran the Birthplace of Ice Cream?

We're taking a break from the political heat and the summer's heat with a look at Iran's frozen delights.