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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Iran

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:00am
2172 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current human rights situation in Iran and the related work of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. 

While much attention has been focused on the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the human rights situation in Iran remains bleak.  Human rights defenders and civil society activists in Iran overwhelmingly supported the nuclear agreement because it could boost the economy and potentially create new opportunities for addressing pressing domestic issues, including rights abuses and restrictions on civil liberties.  However, it remains to be seen whether changing political dynamics will lead to improvements in the Iranian regime’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and if so, how and when.

Our panelists include the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran and two prominent Iranian rights practitioners who will examine the current state of human rights in Iran, the role of the United Nations, and implications for related U.S. policies.

This briefing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or or Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
    Written remarks


  • Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Ms. Roya Boroumand, Executive Director, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
    Written statment
  • Dr. Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran


  • Mr. Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).



  • Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran
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