The Atlantic Council’s Iran Strategy Project invites you to a hybrid panel discussion on July 20, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:30pm ET featuring a number of human rights and civil society leaders. The panel discussion aims to use a minority rights framework to provide a contextualized and historicized account of the social uprising that ensued following the death of Mahsa Jina Amini in September 2022, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, and to address the ongoing issue of discrimination against minorities in Iran.

The panel will explore the ongoing discrimination against minority groups in Iran, particularly in the borderland regions, and will delve into patterns of repression of minority activism, languages and cultures, and the exclusion of ethnic and religious minorities from public life and economic development. The discussion will also shed light on some of the underlying conditions, including environmental issues, political corruption, widespread economic crises, and the repression of civil society.

This conversation will take place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters and will be broadcast on Zoom, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Register below to attend in person or to join us online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend. The event is open to members of the press and will be on the record.

Introductory remarks

Holly Dagres
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Keynote remarks

Javaid Rehman
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

A conversation with

Sabah Bandoei
Representative for Baluchistan
Human Rights Group (Geneva)

Shahin Milani
Executive Director
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Scott Weiner
Supervisory Policy Analyst
US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Moderated by

Marjan Keypour
Founder and Director
Alliance for Rights of All Minorities (ARAM)

Iran Strategy Project

The Iran Strategy Project is designed to synchronize and bring together the Atlantic Council’s policy and analytical efforts on Iran under a single banner, reflecting the unprecedented level of discord and uncertainty in Iran.