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Roya Boroumand
Roya Boroumand is the executive director at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Ms. Boroumand has a PhD in the history of international relations from France and is a specialist in Iran's post-Second World War history. She is a former consultant with the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and has worked on women rights and family law in North Africa.

Entries by Roya Boroumand

No More Talk; It's Time for Iran to Act

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:03 PM

Iranians aspired to look past the scandal and violence associated with the 2009 presidential elections in the weeks and months after President Hassan Rouhani's ascent to office last year. His campaign platform of "hope and prudence" led many citizens to believe that his election would be a first step to...

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Iran's Unusual Attacks Against a United Nations Special Rapporteur

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:16 AM

To believe Iranian officials, neither the decision to keep the leaders of the Green Movement under house arrest, nor that of releasing them, involves the judiciary. High level officials take publicly pride in the politically-motivated detention of the 2009 presidential candidates as they do in the rise in...

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Iran's Leader and Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Since Nelson Mandela's death last week, many across the globe, including in Iran, have been celebrating his anti-apartheid struggle and his conciliatory role during South Africa's transition. Mandela's call for forgiveness was critical to the peaceful transfer of power and to democratic consolidation in South Africa,...

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Is Rouhani's Government of 'Foresight and Hope' for All Iranians?

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 2:20 PM

The new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, presented a new cabinet on August 5, dominated by the old guard, including many technocrats from Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's government (1989 to 1997.) Mr. Rafsanjani was most often described as a moderate in the West regardless of his government's human rights record. In...

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Mr. Secretary, Be True to Your Words: The 30th Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:26 PM

30 years ago, on April 18, 1983, a truck loaded with 2000 pounds of explosives crashed into the American Embassy in Beirut, causing the collapse of the building's central section and killing 63 people, mostly Lebanese. The "Islamic Jihad," an affiliate of Hezbollah with strong political...

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Iran-Argentina: A Curious Kind of Truth Commission

(62) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 8:38 AM

In late January 2013, Argentina and the Islamic Republic of Iran signed an agreement to create a truth commission, composed of five international jurists, to re-investigate the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Iranian authorities had refused to cooperate during the...

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No Celebration of 2012 World Human Rights Day in Iran

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 9:06 AM

Every year on December 10, countries around the world honor World Human Rights Day. This year, the United Nation's focus was the right to all people "to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making." This was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's last chance to...

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What the President Should Now Do About Iran

(17) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:55 AM

The American presidential campaign is over and Americans have elected a president who will have to face many challenges inside and outside the U.S. How to tackle the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear ambitions was a recurrent theme in the campaign, but the candidates did not offer solutions that could...

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'There Are Absolutely No Political Executions in Iran' -- A Statement by the Head of Iran's Judiciary That Should Not Go Unnoticed

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:47 AM

The recently published third report by Dr. Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, provoked a statement from Sadeq Larijani. In an October 18 statement, the evidently irritated head of Iran's judiciary attacked Dr. Shaheed's sources and stressed that...

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Iran Targeting Expatriates

(30) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 10:18 AM

"I could hear her make prisoners laugh. Sometimes, she even made the guards laugh." This is what a former prisoner remembers of Zahra Bahrami, who, she says, was lively, kind to her fellow prisoners, and defiant towards the guards. (Boroumand Foundation interview with a former political prisoner, January 2012)


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Invisible Iranians

(70) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 3:20 PM

Some days I yearn for the time when there was no Internet and information about tragic events was hard to verify and slow to reach us. We were disheartened for sure and truly powerless, but today, being well informed does not necessarily empower us.

In the communication age, news...

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Iran Uses the Holidays to Announce the Imminent Execution of a Student

(132) Comments | Posted December 25, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Today, most of us working with human rights organizations or the media outside Iran are off from work, shopping for Christmas, or spending time with our families. In Iran, government offices are closed on Thursday afternoons and Fridays. Yet, for the Iranian government, Christmas and the weekend's closure presented the...

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Iran Cannot Hide the Truth Behind Sakineh

(101) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 10:11 AM

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, Iran's judicial authorities have surpassed their own cruelty and cynicism in an effort to distract public opinion from their dismal human rights record in particular when it comes to due process of law and the right to defense. Flouting rules and...

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A Bad Bargain for All

(7) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 1:53 PM

While still recovering from the shock of seeing the Islamic Republic of Iran sitting on the UN Commission on Women's Rights (CSW), we discover that it is being elected today -- November 10 -- by the Asia Region, to the executive board of UN Women. UN Women is the...

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