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Tue, Jul 21, 2020

The defenestration of Bucharest: How Europe can help Iranian survivors of rights abuses

It is now time for Europe to renew its commitment to prosecuting international crimes, especially as Iranian survivors increasingly become European citizens and residents.

IranSource by Gissou Nia and Amanda Ghahremani

Iran Middle East

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Nia in Just Security: How to Hold Venezuela’s Maduro Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

In the News by Atlantic Council

Human Rights Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Nia in The Independent: Like after 9/11, governments could use coronavirus to permanently roll back our civil liberties

With over a million confirmed cases and a death toll quickly approaching 100,000, Covid-19 is the worst pandemic in modern history by many orders of magnitude. That governments were unprepared to deal with a global pandemic is at this point obvious. What is worse is that the establishment of effective testing and containment policies at […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Coronavirus

Gissou Nia is a nonresident fellow with Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. She currently leads an effort to build a strategic litigation program on the Middle East and North Africa, with a first-year focus on Iran.

Nia is a human rights lawyer and non-profit leader. She serves as board chair of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center where she is helping develop and oversee the group’s human rights advocacy and legal programs, which seek to promote accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran. She previously served as the Executive Director for the group, and as the Deputy Director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

Nia started her career in The Hague, where she worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. She lectures and publishes widely on human rights developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the rule of law in post-conflict and transitional societies.