February 28, 2024

Ladan and Roya established the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF) in 2001, 10 years after assassination of their father, which was allegedly one of the first attempts of Islamic Republic of Iran to eliminate opposition abroad. The Broumand sisters, who have both completed their studies in France and received their doctorate degree in history, established this foundation in the memory of their father and to continue his legacy. ABF seeks to help ensure justice, establish and stable democracy in Iran through education and to empower democratic culture and the promotion of human rights awareness.Peace Mark Monthly asked Dr. Roya Boroumand, a founder of ABF, one of the oldest Iranian human rights defense organizations, about this historic path to the establishment of human rights organizations and civil society in Iran during recent years.Let’s go back to 10 years ago; to the time when HRA was a smaller organization compared to today, and when the role of social media networks was not as important. When did you find out about the establishment of this organization, and did you take it seriously at all? Please elaborate on your own feelings.
I cannot exactly recall if I was aware of the establishment of HRA right away, but, in general, I used to constantly follow student and youth activism. As you mentioned, the social media networks were not like today, yet we followed their activism through websites, weblogs, and local news agencies. The reason was that the youth would set the future of Iran; although this is very clear today, it was not clear for all. Therefore, the intellectual and organizational developments and changes in Iranian youth—especially their attention to human rights and laws that violate human rights—were of importance to us. We tried, as much as it was possible, to introduce the demands and news of students in Iran to the public aboard. At this point, I knew about HRA and its founders.