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    Iran’s president one year on

    25 July 2014 - Last year the Iranians elected Hassan Rouhani as president. His popularity along the campaign trail was predominantly related to a fundamental domestic issue — restoring respect for the rights of all Iranians. Shortly before people voted, Rouhani presented himself as the most committed reformist candidate and ...

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    Incorporating a Gender Perspective at the UN

    This week, I was honored to speak at the Human Rights Council’s “Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective.” The objective of this interactive discussion, held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, was for officials, academics, and diplomats to share best practices, obstacles, and experiences related to gender ...

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    Attention on Arrest of Artists Should Lead to Greater Engagement

    The arrest of six individuals in Iran last week for creating a dance video to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” garnered international attention. The individuals were arrested after posting a video to YouTube in April and were forced to express remorse on national television. A Twitter and Facebook campaign, #FreeHappyIranians, was ...

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    Positive Signs and Increased Optimism

    I recently conducted an interview on a number of issues related to my work as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In addition to discussing certain aspects of my work, I also conveyed my optimistic views about prospects for cooperation with the ...

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    Layers of Internet Censorship in Iran

    This past March I attended the Munk School of Global Affairs’ 2014 annual Cyber Dialogue in Toronto, where government representatives and members of civil society, academia and the private sector discussed cyber security and governance. We talked about ways to support governments, including Iran’s, in their efforts to advance protections ...