We Are Now the Center for Human Rights in Iran
Name Change Reflects Need for Durable Research and Advocacy
March 7, 2017- In a move to reflect its expanding work and sustained mission, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has changed its name to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), the organization said in a statement today.
Headquartered in New York and led by founder and executive director Hadi Ghaemi, the Center for Human Rights in Iran will continue to pursue its mission to protect and promote human rights in Iran.
“This name change reflects the expansion of our work over the last decade to include not only research and documentation, global media outreach and international advocacy, but also a range of projects such as videos, podcasts, artistic projects and specialized programs targeting disability rights and responsible business practices,” said Ghaemi. “We needed a name that reflects the richness and depth of our research, advocacy and reach.”
The organization, founded in 2008, was originally envisioned as a short-term initiative. Its intensive coverage and analysis of the violent state crackdown against peaceful protesters in the wake of the 2009 disputed presidential election in Iran quickly propelled it to global prominence.
Since that time, the organization has emerged as an authoritative source of information, analysis, advocacy and policy recommendations regarding domestic developments in Iran.
“Today, as we approach our tenth year, we salute the citizens of Iran who continue to struggle to achieve basic rights and freedoms,” said Ghaemi, “and we re-dedicate our efforts to assist that struggle as the Center for Human Rights in Iran.”