Sep 30, 2006

Ahwazi: New Journal on Human Rights in Iran Launched

Freedom House, an independent, non-governmental organization that supporting the expansion of freedom in the world is launching Gozaar, a newspaper that seeks to creating an accessible space for the discussion of liberty

Gozaar, meaning "transition"–is a monthly Persian/English journal devoted to democracy and human rights in Iran. Recognizing that open access to ideas and information is the cornerstone of the quest for freedom, Gozaar seeks to help Iranian democrats fulfill the universal aspiration for justice by creating an accessible, inclusive and provocative space for the discussion of liberty. The journal is dedicated to the courageous women and men in Iran organizing to make their country free.

Gozaar seeks to build bridges between democrats inside and outside Iran by fostering dialogue on Iran’s transition to a free society. Gozaar invites everyone interested in a free Iran to write for the journal, especially democrats living in Iran. We are delighted to have contributions from inside Iran beginning with the first issue.

Freedom House is an independent, non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, belief and respect for the rights of minorities and women are guaranteed. Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. Freedom House supports freedom, democracy, and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy, and action.

Funding for this project is provided mainly by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under its Human Rights and Democracy programs.  The views expressed in Gozaar's articles and commentaries are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Gozaar.