February 28, 2024

Shadi Sadr, a lawyer, is the founder and an executive director of Justice for Iran (JFI). Sadr, who is a member of Volunteer Lawyers Network, has won at least six prestigious awards for her human rights activism.
On the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Activists (HRA), we asked Sadr about the structural differences that led to a perpetual existence of the human rights organization and its continuous activism. She noted that the 10-years survival in the scope of human rights regardless of all its ups and downs is the most important achievement of HRA. She told Peace Mark Monthly, “The organizations and groups which could possibly survive in this field are the ones that understand that the field is not only their job, but it’s a part of their lives.”
How do you describe HRA, and if you want to highlight a positive attribute of the impact of this group, what would it be in your opinion?
In describing HRA after 10 years of activism I have to say, in particular, your news agency (HRANA) is an established outlet in the field of human rights, and it is one of the main sources of news in this field; on one hand, 10 years of experience and permanence, and on the other hand, the volume, range and diversity of the news you report on daily basis make it easy to say we don’t have an example like HRANA; I think that HRA is tied to HRANA and are somewhat considered as one. We do not see HRA separately from HRANA, at least not now.
The most important attribute of the organization is its permanence. The 10 years of survival in the scope of human rights, regardless of all the ups and downs, is the most important achievement of this organization; we are aware of some of these ups and downs and do not know about others. Despite all the hardships and difficulties that there have been and there will continue to be, this organization has survived and has continued its main focus, which is delivering human rights news.