This is a reminder about the upcoming Amnesty International event on Iran. In recent months, the security and safety of nonviolent activists, human-rights defenders, young women activists and intellectuals have seriously been compromised and the repression has been intensified. The best and brightest are being labeled enemy agents and a threat to national security. Just yesterday, two activists of the “One Million Signatures Campaign” were arrested while collecting signatures and exercising their civil rights. Many newspapers have been banned, web sites are filtered ( websites of women on-line magazines are filtered many times ), proponents of greater rights for women, ethnic and religious minorities suppressed and books are severely censored. More than 100 such independent publications have been shut down in recent years. We should not allow the binary thinking and the culture of fear and intimidation of “either/or ” prevent us from demanding human rights, peace and democracy.
Human Rights in Iran : How to Move ForwardTired of the polarized discussion swirling around the “Iran question” as it is presented by pundits and the media? Anxious to participate in building a strong human rights framework for constructive activism on Iran ? Then please join Amnesty International in a panel presentation and dialogue.
Panelists will include:
Trita Parsi, author and the president of the National Iranian American Council
Elahe Amani, chair of the Women’s Intercultural Network
Nazanin Boniadi, actress and children’s rights activist
Elise Auerbach, Amnesty International USA Iran Country Specialist
Alireza Azizi, former member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USAFriday February 22, 2008
Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 North Rexford Drive , Beverly Hills
Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 202-675-8755.