1. PREFACE

2. STRUCTURE

2.1 GOALS

2.2 MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES

2.3 DEPARTMENTS

  • 2.3.1 Department Of Statistics And Publications
  • 2.3.2 Administrations And Public Affairs
  • 2.3.3 Human Resources And Accounting
  • 2.3.4 International Affairs And Relations
  • 2.3.5 Legal Department

2.4 MISSION

2.5 APPROACH

  • 2.5.1 Reporting And News Dissemination
  • 2.5.2 Education
  • 2.5.3 Legal Assistance
  • 2.5.4 Protests
  • 2.5.5 International Engagements

2.6 POLITICS AND HRAI

2.7 FINANCIAL RESOURCES

2.8 NEWS AGENCIES AND WEBSITES

  • 2.8.1 Official Website
  • 2.8.2 HRANA News Agency
  • 2.8.3 The Fourth Pillar
  • 2.8.4 Peace Mark
  • 2.8.5 March 2nd Campaign
  • 2.8.6 Spreading Justice
  • 2.8.7 HRANA Newspaper
  • 2.8.8 HRANA Library And Information Center
  • 2.8.9 The Center For Statistics And Records

3. History

1. PREFACE

Human Rights Activists In Iran (Also Known As HRAI And HRA) Is A Non-Political And Non-Governmental Organization Comprised Of Advocates Who Defend Human Rights In Iran. HRAI Was Founded In 2006.

2. STRUCTURE
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2.1 Goals

HRAI’s Goals Consist Of Promoting, Safeguarding And Sustaining Human Rights In Iran.The Organization Keeps The Iranian Community And The World Informed By Monitoring Human Rights Violations In The Country And Disseminating The News About Such Abuses. Additionally, HRAI Strives To Improve The Current State Of Affairs In A Peaceful Manner And Supports Strict Adherence To Human Rights Principles.

2.2 Management And Human Resources

The Organization Consists Of Three Main Groups Divided Into Partners, Members And Managers. HRAI’s Partners Include Its Official Associates And Volunteers. The Organization Is Managed By A Central Council Consisting Of The Heads Of Departments All Of Whom Are Democratically Elected.

2.3 Departments

2.3.1 Department Of Statistics And Publications

The Department Of Statistics And Publications Is Responsible For The Management And Production Of Statistical Data And Analysis. This Department Manages All News Releases And Administers Our Websites. It Also Safeguards The Organization’s Intellectual Property Such As Books And Media Productions.

2.3.2 Administrations And Public Affairs

This Department Is Responsible For The Administration Of Human Resources As Well As Public Affairs.

2.3.3 Human Resources And Accounting

This Department Is Responsible For Recruitment And Financial Affairs.

2.3.4 International Affairs And Relations

This Department Manages The Organization’s Activities Throughout The World.

2.3.5 Legal Department

The Legal Department Is Responsible For Providing And Managing The Organization’s Legal Affairs. It Also Seeks To Expand Our Legal Resources.

2.4 Mission

In General, HRAI’s Mission Is To Protect The Human Rights Of All Iranian Citizens Regardless Of Their Religion, Political Views, Social Status, Gender Or Ethnicity. Our Organization Defends Freedom Of Speech, Association And Press. We Oppose Capital Punishment, Executions, And Stoning. We Strive To Protect The Environment And Are Advocates Of Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Labor Rights, Gay Rights, And The Rights Of Ethnic And Religious Minorities. The Organization Condemns The Expulsion Of College Students As A Form Of Punishment For Their Political Beliefs And Fights For The Right To Education.

2.5 Approach

The Organization Uses Five Different Methods To Achieve Its Goals.

2.5.1 Reporting And News Dissemination

HRAI Collects, Processes And Distributes News Of Human Rights Violations Throughout The Country Using Its Pool Of Reporters. News Stories Are Published To Inform The General Public As Well As Various Groups In Iran And Abroad. The Organization Strives To Provide Moral And Legal Support For The Victims Of Human Rights Abuses By Swaying Public Opinion Inside The Country While Seeking Help From The International Community.

2.5.2 Education

HRAI Strives To Educate The Public And Groups On The Principles Of Human Rights And How To Protect Them In The Community. We Believe That Such Knowledge Ultimately Improves Human Rights In The Country.

2.5.3 Legal Assistance

HRAI Seeks To Provide Direct, Legal Assistance To The Victims Of Human Rights Violations Using Attorneys And Legal Entities At Its Disposal. These Services Are Provided Pro Bono. We Also Take Necessary Legal Actions To Defend And Protect The Victims.

2.5.4 Protests

To Fight Against Human Rights Violations, It Is Not Enough To Only Support The Victims Of Such Crimes. The Organization Believes That Human Rights Violators Must Be Placed Under Pressure To Face The Outcome Of Their Actions. Consequently, Using Peaceful Means, We Stage Street Campaigns, Sit-Ins And Demonstrations In Order To Exert Pressure On Human Rights Abusers.

2.5.5 International Engagements

Because Human Rights Are Universal And Transcend Borders, The Responsibility To Protect Such Rights Lies With All Nations. Accordingly, HRAI Seeks Help From International Groups Including The United Nations In Order To Raise Awareness, Provide Support For The Victims, And Fight Against Human Rights Violations.

2.6 Politics And HRAI

HRAI Doesn’t Belong To Any Political Parties And Is Not Associated With Any Government. The Organization Doesn’t Support Any Particular Ideology And Doesn’t Accept Financial And Non-Financial Aid From Governments Or Political Groups. Members Of Political Parties Are Not Permitted To Join HRAI. In Short, Independence, Neutrality, Fairness And Tolerance Are The Pillars Of Our Organization.

2.7 Financial Resources

HRAI Receives Donations From Individuals And Non-Profit Entities Only. Because The Organization Seeks To Remain Independent, It Doesn’t Accept Financial Aid From Neither Political Groups Nor Governments. These Limitations Are Essential To Maintaining Our Autonomy. Before March 2011, The Organization Received Donations Only From Members And Partners. But Since Then, HRAI Has Also Been Accepting Donations From National Endowment For Democracy, A Non-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization In The United States Of America.

2.8 News Agencies And Websites

HRAI’s Official Website Is Www.Hra-Iran.Org. All News Reports And Announcements Are Posted On This Site

2.8.2 HRANA News Agency

HRAI’s News Agency Is Known As HRANA. At The Time When It Was Established, HRANA Was The First Specialized Human Rights News Agency In The Country. Today, It Continues To Operate Around The Clock, Seven Days A Week Including Holidays. To Provide The Necessary Infrastructure To Facilitate News Gathering And Reporting, HRANA Utilizes A Number Of Affiliated Sites That Make It Easier For The Users To Easily Post And Categorize Their News Stories. HRANA Has Two Websites, Www.Hra-News.Org And Www.Hra-News.Org/En. The Former Contains News In Farsi While The Latter Is In English.

2.8.3 The Fourth Column Committee

The Fourth Column Committee Is A Committee Operating Under Administrations And Public Affairs. This Committee Is Designed To Facilitate The Dissemination Of News And Information In Order To Promote Democracy Within The Country. The Fourth Pillar Is Responsible For Fighting Against Censorship And Internet Filtering Imposed By The Islamic Republic Of Iran. The Committee Provides Education And Technical Assistance Such As Free VPN To The Iranian Community Of Internet Users. The Fourth Column Committee Website Is Www.Hraicp.Org.

2.8.4 Peace-Mark Monthly

Peace-Mark Monthly Is Iran’s First Monthly Journal Focused On Human Rights. HRAI Began Releasing Peace-Mark Monthly In 2010 On An Irregular Schedule. However, Since 2012, This Journal Has Been Published And Distributed Inside The Country Regularly Without Interruption. Each Issue Of Peace-Mark Monthly Contains Articles, Interviews, Editorials, And Reports Pertaining To Current Affairs And News. The Journal’s Website Is Www.Hra-Mark.Org

2.8.5 March 2nd Campaign

March 2nd Campaign Is A Website Established Following The Crackdown Of Human Rights Activists In 2010. During These Attacks, HRAI’s Members And Supporters Were Specifically Targeted By The Security Forces Throughout The Country. This Site Still In Use To Spread The News Of The Attacks, Inform The Public And Expose The Nature And Outcome Of Such Abuses. March 2nd Campaign Will Continue To Operate Until Each And Every Victim Of Those Violent Attacks Is Set Free. The Campaign’s Website Is Www.11esfand.Com.

2.8.6 Spreading Justice

Spreading Justice” Is A Project Initiated By Human Rights Activists (HRA) In 2019 With The Aim Of Creating A Comprehensive And Well-Documented Database Of Human Rights Violators In Iran. This Project Is Designed To Provide An Accurate Record Of Human Rights Violations, Fostering Accountability And Serving As An Invaluable Resource For International Organizations, Diplomats, And The Media. Despite Facing Numerous Challenges, We Remain Committed To Continuously Expanding And Updating Our Database. Spreading Justice Exemplifies HRA’s Dedication To Promoting Justice, Accountability, And Human Rights In Iran. Www.Spreadingjustice.Org

2.8.7 HRANA Newspaper

HRANA Newspaper Is A Daily Electronic Publication Released To Disseminate News Quickly And Efficiently Each And Every Day. This Newspaper Contains A Summary Of Daily Events Posted On A Website And Distributed Electronically By Email. HRANA Newspaper’s Website Is Www.Hra-Newspaper.Com

2.8.8 HRA Library And Information Center

HRA Library Is The Organization’s Electronic Information Center Used To Education Its Members. In Addition To Books And A Collection Of Works Produced By The Organization, The Library Holdspublications From A Variety Of Sources. All The Resources Are Available For Free. The Library’s Website Is Www.Hra-Book.Com

2.8.9 The Center For Statistics And Records

The Center For Statistics And Records Began Operating In Early 2011. Every Day, The Center Collects, Compiles And Analyzes Data Related To Human Rights Abuses In Iran And Stores The Results In A Digital Archive. The Information Is Then Available For Use By All Activists And Organizations. The Center’s Website Is Www.Hra-Statistics.Info

3. THE HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN IRAN (HRA): CHAMPIONING RIGHTS AMID PERILS

Introduction:

In The Realm Of Human Rights Activism, Few Organizations Can Match The Vigor And Courage Of Human Rights Activists In Iran (HRAI), Also Known As Human Rights Activists (HRA). Since Its Informal Inception In Late 2005 And Official Commencement In Early 2006, HRA Has Been A Force To Reckon With In Championing Human Rights Causes In Iran. The Organization’s Journey, Punctuated By Trials, Tribulations, Resilience, And Triumphs, Offers Invaluable Insights Into Iran’s Human Rights Terrain.

Genesis And Early Years (2005-2007):

HRA Initially Arose Out Of A Desire To Bring The Human Rights Situation In Iran To Light. The Early Period Of HRA Was Marked By Trial And Error, Experimentation, And Figuring Out Effective Methods Of Activism. The Pioneers Of HRA, Despite The Constraints And Threats From The Iranian Regime, Believed In Their Mission And Forged Ahead. The Organization Underwent A Phase Of Structuring, Recruiting, And Organizing Members Between 2007 And 2008. This Phase Saw The Foundation Of A Robust Network Committed To The Advocacy Of Human Rights In Iran.

Golden Years Of Expansion And Influence (2008-2010):

Between 2008 And 2010, HRA Experienced A Period Of Organizational Maturity. The Group Was Successful In Creating More Than 30 Specialized Committees, And The Number Of Registered Members Reached Over 2,000 Volunteers. The Organization’s Influence Grew, And The World Began To Take Notice Of The Dire Human Rights Situation In Iran, Thanks In Large Part To HRA’s Relentless Efforts. During This Time, HRA Launched The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) In February 2009. The Agency, A Pioneer In Iran, Collected And Published Human Rights News And Reports From Various Sources, Creating A Comprehensive Resource For Activists, Scholars, And Policymakers. HRANA, Despite Numerous Setbacks, Including Deliberate Attacks On Its Database, Compiled At Least 24,000 Reports On Human Rights In Iran From 2012 To 2016.

Facing Persecution And Renewed Resolve (2010-2012):

The Relentless Activism Of HRA Did Not Go Unnoticed By The Iranian Regime. The Organization Faced Persecution, With Numerous Arrests Of Its Members In 2009. This Challenging Period Forced HRA To Redefine Its Policies And Strategies To Navigate The Changing Landscape. The Resilience Shown By HRA During This Period Was A Testament To The Organization’s Unwavering Commitment To Human Rights Advocacy.

A Period Of Specialization And Focused Activism (2012-2016):

In Response To The Mounting Challenges, HRA Adopted A Strategy Of “Reduced Quantity And Increased Quality.” It Concentrated Its Resources On Developing Five Specialized Sectors And Distinct Approaches To Activism, All While Expanding And Strengthening The Group. A Notable Development During This Period Was The Establishment Of The Center For Statistics And Records In 2012. The Center Has Since Archived Thousands Of Reports On Human Rights Violations In Iran, Making It An Invaluable Resource For Human Rights Groups Worldwide.

Strategic Innovations And Continued Activism (2016-Present):

HRA Continued To Innovate And Adapt To Iran’s Challenging Human Rights Environment. The Organization Opted To Work With Fewer But More Professional Members, Emphasizing Quality Over Quantity. The Organization, Eager To Collaborate With Experienced Human Rights Organizations, Expanded Its Scope Beyond Iran While Maintaining Its Independence. HRA Has Been Successful In Numerous Initiatives, Such As The Spreading Justice Project That Provides A Comprehensive Database Of Human Rights Violators In Iran. It Has Also Been Active In Empowering The Labor Community By Offering Legal Services And Educating Workers About Their Rights.

Conclusion:

The Journey Of HRA, Spanning Over 17 Years Until 2023, Is A Testament To The Relentless