UN Human Rights Council
Nobel Laureates on Human Rights - A view from civil society His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yemeni Journalist Tawakkol Karman, and Iranian Human Rights Activists Leila Alikarami participated in side event of the United Nations Human Rights Council at Geneva's Graduate Institute hosted by the Permanent Missions of the United States and Canada and moderated by Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This volume extends debates on the interaction between universal human rights and the political experiences of Iranians, through a conceptual analysis of ‘theories of change’. It assesses the practical processes by which individuals, organizations and movements can reform or impact the structural, theological and political challenges faced in the Iranian context.
Contributors to this volume investigate how structures, institutions, and agents in Iran maneuver for influence and power at the state level, through the law, in international corridors, at the grassroots, and by implementing multiple and complex methods. The chapters provide distinct but interrelated analysis of key drivers of change in Iran. A number of those operate primarily through top-down approaches, such as the political reform movement, lawyers pursuing legislative change, and international human rights monitoring bodies. Others take a bottom-up approach, including local movements and campaigns such as the women’s movement, the labor movement, the student movement, and ethnic minority groups.