Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All

Written by ACI in 9 December 22

On this seventy-fifth anniversary of Human Rights Day, brave Iranians on the streets of Iran are saying ‘NO’ to the Islamic Republic through peaceful protest and nationwide strikes. They are risking their safety, liberty, and lives for the right to choose their government as declared in article 21 of the UDHR…

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

زن زندگی آزادی

For eighty-five days, as Iranians all over the world have raised their voices against human rights abuses at the hands of the Islamic regime, the global community has witnessed an ever-increasing tally of thousands of young people injured, kidnapped, disappeared, arrested, tortured and killed in Iran. A new column has opened up for the number of death sentences issued.

As the first name on the list of those executed is getting international attention, the plight of the thousands of unknown protestors in detention is finding a face and voice. Twenty-three-year-old Mohsen Shekari’s short life is being celebrated on social media alongside the painful cries of his family burying his body at two o’clock in the morning surrounded by security forces because that is how they were allowed to say their final farewells.

The scale and depth of horrors we are witnessing, and reporting, are so painful that perhaps we need a reminder of the core message of the uprising: ‘Woman Life Freedom’.

It all started with the cruel and brutal death of a young Kurdish woman in police custody in Tehran. The beautiful vibrant talented young woman, Mahsa ‘Jina’ Amini, had her whole life ahead of her. Jina’s tragic death and its aftermath bared the injustices, inequalities and legal discrimination experienced by women, and religious and ethnic groups in Iran. On one hand, her cruel death draws attention to the lack of right to an equitable just life for all Iranians without distinction of any kind as enshrined in articles 1 and 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and on the other, the obligations, duties and responsibilities of the government to protect and provide a just, safe and equitable life for its citizens.

On this seventy-fifth anniversary of Human Rights Day, Iranians are reminding the world that their political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights have been violated by a ruling elite that chooses to govern in the name of Islam meaning that even choosing to teach in one of the many languages spoken in Iran can be interpreted as enmity against God and punishable by death. Based on these laws, women and religious minorities are legally discriminated against with mandatory hejab the symbol of this discrimination and oppression for women. Demanding equality and equitable access to all Iran has to offer is also translated as anti-revolutionary activity and enmity against God, ultimately punishable by death.

On this seventy-fifth anniversary of Human Rights Day, brave Iranians on the streets of Iran are saying ‘NO’ to the Islamic Republic through peaceful protest and nationwide strikes. They are risking their safety, liberty, and lives for the right to choose their government as declared in article 21 of the UDHR. Daring to dream of change, millions of Iranians and those of Iranian heritage outside Iran have risen in solidarity doing whatever they can to raise awareness. We are witnessing an outpouring of love and hope for the future of Iran, for dignity, freedom and justice for all through art, music and creativity.

On this seventy-fifth anniversary of Human Rights Day, ACI reminds the international community that human rights are universal, indivisible, inalienable, interdependent and interrelated.

With their bare hands, the young people of Iran are fighting for dignity, freedom and Justice for all.

Hear their voice. Support their just demand.



November 24, 2022

ACI would like to thank the responsible members of the Human Rights Council that earlier today voted to set up an investigative and accountability mechanism to assess the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially with respect to women and children.

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The international community has a collective responsibility in sustaining this regime and is complicit in the state sponsored violence perpetrated against women in Iran by condoning the regime’s actions through financial support and EU’s actions in colluding with the regime to evade sanctions through various mechanisms. We ask you as the highest international arbiter and the Secretary General of the United Nations in a spirit of solidarity with the Iranian nation, to defend their rights violated systematically by the entirety of the Islamic regime who are squandering the future of our country Iran.