Iran’s Resilient Civil Society: The Untold Story of the Fight for Human Rights

Issue Date October 2007
Volume 18
Issue 4
Page Numbers 64-79
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Observers who focus too much on elections have failed to grasp the maturation of Iranian civil society, even as hard-liners have come to dominate the government. The birth of a civil rights movement in Iran is a ray of hope in a region beset by difficulties, and the most promising response to the new totalitarian threat that is endangering the world’s stability. Democratic governments around the world should realize that supporting this movement is not only the right thing to do, but is an urgent national-security imperative for themselves and their peoples.

About the Author

Ladan Boroumand is a historian and the cofounder and senior fellow at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran. She is currently writing a book on the tectonic social changes taking place within the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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