Jun 09, 2016

AHRO and Ibn Khaldun Center Organise Symposium on Iranian Minorities in Washington DC


On 15 June 2016, the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization (AHRO), in collaboration with the Ibn Khaldun Center, will convene a symposium entitled “The Challenge of Pluralism in Iran”. It will take place at the National Press Club in Washington DC, from 9.15 to 16.30. Against the background of Iran’s global rehabilitation, the event will look at how the country’s various ethnic religious and cultural minorities can work together towards achieving greater pluralism and inclusiveness on the national level, as well as discuss which role democratic governments, the media and civil society can play in this endeavour. Speakers at the event include representatives of Iranian minority groups, such as the Ahwaz-Arabs, Baha’I, Baloch and Turkmen, as well as prominent Iranian and international human rights defenders, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Abadi.

Other speakers include:

-      Keynote Address by Mehrangiz Kar, Prominent Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and author of Crossing the Red Line

-      Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Ibn Khaldun Center

-      Karim Abdian, Ahwaz Human Rights Organization

-      M. Hossein Bor, American-Baloch Council

-      Ava Homa, Kurdish writer, editor and university lecturer

-      Anthony Vance, Baha’is of the United States

-      Ali Al-Taie, Sociologist & Author

-      Elahé Sharifpour-Hicks, Partners for Rights

-      Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch


For more information, including the full conference programme, click here.

To register for the event (by 10 June 2016), click here.