What is Safe Activism?
Most of United for Iran’s employees are former activists, protesters, or political prisoners who left the country for their personal safety. They have extensive networks among individuals both inside and outside Iran who have similar experiences.
Safe Activism aims to leverage those networks and experiences to protect those who remain in the country. Through interviews with hundreds of activists and digital security practitioners, Safe Activism compiles a list of tactics that activists in Iran can use to minimize the risk of arrest, navigate the interrogation process, and mitigate the consequences of incarceration. The project’s main product is a 100+ page booklet which lists key best practices for stages before, during, and after arrest, based on the experiences of over 200 previously interrogated, incarcerated, or otherwise pressured Iranian activists.
Iran notoriously incarcerates, tortures, and denies legal due process to countless activists and political prisoners. Outside of the legal system, plain-clothes officers and morality police harass countless Iranians for minor or entirely fabricated infractions every day. Through Safe Activism, Iranians can protect themselves, minimize the risk of their activities, and organize and protest more effectively.
Safe Activism is currently developing additional toolkits, videos, and other materials that will be tailored for different activist groups based on their unique threat profiles. To hear about the release of future toolkits, join our email list or follow us on Instagram.
About the Booklet
Safe Activism provides critical information to Iranian activists on how to minimize the risk of arrest, navigate the interrogation process, and mitigate the consequences of incarceration. This booklet lists key best practices for stages before, during and after arrest, based on the experiences of over 230 Iranian activists. (Currently available in Farsi only)
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Here is what activists are saying about Safe Activism
“The sections that were selected are among the most essential topics for the people of Iran to know. Whether you protest or not, everyone’s security may be threatened in Iran.”
“The booklet and workshop use the experiences of people who are really experts in their fields. The digital security section had many useful and up-to-date tips.”