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Tortured to Death for Blogging in Iran

After the Islamic Republic’s successful crackdown on the Green Movement protesters and political activists, Iranian hardliners have been moving swiftly to lay the foundation for a totalitarian security state. Being over-anxious about their own lack of legitimacy, they have been implementing for two years an interlocking series of policies—encompassing the technological, legal, and social spheres—intended to tighten their control over ...

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Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming in Social Reseasrch. Andrew March is the author of Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus (OUP 2009). Here is the abstract: The events that hastily came to be called “The Arab Spring” have done much to reopen the ...

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Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi Awarded the Sakharov Prize

Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi Awarded the Sakharov Prize

The European Union’s annual Sakharov prize has gone to two Iranians noted for their opposition to the Iranian government. The imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and banned film director Jafar Panahi, are this year’s joint winners of the Sakharov Prize. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honor of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been ...

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Conference Panel: The Iranian People’s Quest for Democracy

Conference Panel: The Iranian People’s Quest for Democracy

Panel discussion during NIAC’s Leadership Conference in October 2012 on “The Iranian People’s Quest for Democracy – The Role of the Diaspora”. The panelists discuss three questions: Can change inside Iran happen? Is democratization a possibility? And what’s the role of the Iranian diaspora in this quest for democracy?

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Nasrin Sotoudeh Launches a Hunger Strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh Launches a Hunger Strike

According to reports from Tehran, the imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoodeh has started a hunger strike today to protest refusal on the part of prison authorities to allow for in person and regular visits with her children and other family members. Nasrin Sotoodeh who is currently serving a 6 year prison term has been in prison since September ...

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Thinking on Transitional Justice in Iran

Transitional justice is the conception of justice associated with periods of political change. It was historically developed within the paradigm of international human rights laws: the pursuit of justice for atrocious violations of human rights, often of a systematic nature, committed by former regimes, typically dictatorial or authoritarian regimes and leaders who have been deposed. More generally, transitional justice is ...

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New UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Iran

New UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Iran

The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, has released his third report on the Islamic Republic’s widespread human rights violations (For his second report see my post here). The report provides “a deeply troubling picture of the overall human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including many concerns which are systemic in nature,” Shaheed ...

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‘Countries at the Crossroads 2012’

‘Countries at the Crossroads 2012’

Freedom House has released Countries at the Crossroads 2012. Countries at the Crossroads is Freedom House’s annual assessment of government performance in 72 strategically important countries worldwide. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings, assessing each country’s performance in four spheres: government accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anti-corruption and transparency. The 2012 edition is the ...

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Majid Tavakoli Awarded Student Peace Prize

Imprisoned Iranian student activist Majid Tavakoli has been awarded today, UN’s International Day of Peace, the Student Peace Prize of 2013. The Prize is awarded biennially, on behalf of all Norwegian students, to a student or a student organization that has made a significant contribution to creating peace and promoting human rights. The prize committee wishes to acknowledge Tavakoli for his non- ...

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Salman Rushdie’s Life under Khomeini’s Fatwa

As an Iranian religious foundation increases the price on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie’s head, he tells the story of his 10 long years of hiding in the wake of Khomeini’s atrocious fatwa ordering his death in a new book coming out tomorrow. Salman Rushdie’s new book is titled Joseph Anton: A Memoir, published by Random House. Joseph Anton is the ...

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