Bookmark and Share Print

Human Rights

Defend Human Rights

NIAC's Principles on Human Rights

  • Human rights must be protected as part of any final negotiated settlement between the US and Iran.
  • Military confrontation with Iran must be prevented because war is the ultimate human rights disaster.
  • We must continue to draw attention to human rights violations in Iran and ensure the Iranian government is held accountable for its actions.

Defend Human Rights

The National Iranian American Council expresses grave concern about the human rights situation in Iran and urges the government of Iran to respect the internationally recognized rights of its citizens. As the largest grass-roots organization representing Americans of Iranian descent in the country, NIAC is committed to shedding much needed light on the abuses of the Iranian government against its own people.

As the inheritor of two great cultures – ancient and modern – both built on the culture of human rights, NIAC affirms the universality of human rights and rejects all attempts to disassociate Iranian culture from internationally recognized standards of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 Iran's disregard for the international treaties it has signed and its deteriorating human rights record is deeply troubling to Iranian Americans and the global community. NIAC stands with human rights defenders in Iran and around the world and calls on the Iranian government to respect its existing international obligations and to ratify international human rights treaties it has yet to ratify.

NIAC advocates open, constructive, and unrestricted dialogue among all people and institutions that care about improving human rights in Iran and elsewhere. Through its programs, NIAC encourages discussion and debate on how best to advance human rights in Iran.

See Related News

Contact NIAC's Policy Team


Related News

Congress Urges President to Ensure Sanctions Do Not Block Medicine for Iranians

NIAC commends Rep. Moran and all twenty-one Members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama today supporting necessary action to ensure medicine and humanitarian goods for the Iranian people are not unintentionally blocked for Iranians.

NIAC Applauds UN Renewal of Iran Human Rights Rapporteur Mandate

NIAC welcomes this morning's UN Human Rights Council vote to renew the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

Engagement Can Improve Human Rights in Iran Says Parliamentarian

Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament and human rights expert, recently visited Iran and shared her insights about addressing the human rights situation there.

NIAC Commends EU High Representative Ashton for Landmark Iran Visit

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton's trip to Iran is a welcome step towards resolving the tensions between Iran and the West through dialogue and diplomacy.

See more human rights news >>

Arrow2 top


Contact NIAC's Policy Team

The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision making by policymakers.

US government officials and policymakers in need of rapid support can contact the NIAC policy team for in-depth information and analysis either by phone at 202.386.6325 or via email at (Note: If you don't have a government (.gov) email address, please use our regular contact form. All non-government emails will be blocked by spam filters.)

Arrow2 top