Banned Iranian Students at Human Rights Session in Geneva

Mar 29, 20110 comments

Mostafa Khosravi and Nariman Mostafavi, two students who have been banned from continuing their education in Iran, are now continuing their studies abroad. Both were among the student activists who challenged the narrative of Iran’s official delegation and pro-government NGO delegations during the course of the Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. The two former student activists sat down for an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran regarding their motivations for attending the session, the presence of pro-government NGO’s that were covering up the human rights violations in Iran, and eventually about their own activities. “We decided to have a sit-in during this Session, to protest the arrests of Mousavi and Karroubi and the indiscriminate violence in Iran.  This Session was a good opportunity for the young generation who were political activists in Iran but left Iran due to the harsh conditions, to get involved in human rights issues and speak directly with the NGO’s, associations, and various groups and to express their own personal experiences; so the human rights activists of the countries present at the Session would be able to make better decisions for helping.  In this Session, we witnessed that at the end of one of the programs, the speakers invited by the Islamic Republic expressed concern about the existing situation and even announced their readiness to cooperate with the Green Movement.  These reactions were as a result of their learning about Iran’s recent experiences, and they directly associated with some of the difficulties and realities of Iran,” Mustafa Khosravi, former member of the General Council of Daftare Tahkim-e Vahdat, and current member of Policy Council of the Advar Tahkim Alumni Association told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “Those in attendance were not only exposed to diplomats and certain people representing the government.  They were able to meet others at the Session who could tell them directly about what has taken place inside prisons and other places,” he added. Read More: