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From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

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Press Room

Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Statement

We are deeply disturbed by the failure of the courts to deliver accountability for the murder of protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration last summer. This verdict sets a dangerous precedent and threatens the civil rights of all Americans by condoning and upholding violent vigilantism.

Community Artist Series: Gilda Amini

Our fourth Community Artist Series highlight is–Gilda Amini, a practicing attorney in Chicago, former Director at the Chicago Persian School, and sings at The Persian Concert with the Middle East Music Ensemble director at the University of Chicago

Community Artist Series: Wanees Zarour

Our third Community Artist Series highlight is–Wanees Zarour, Palestinian-American composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist based in Chicago. Take a moment to learn about his work!

November 2019 Protests: Marking Two Years Since the Brutal Crackdown

This November marks two years since the brutal crackdown of protests across Iran, which were sparked by an overnight spike in fuel prices but revealed deeper discontent within Iranian society. While the number of victims is disputed and may be much higher, according to an in-depth report by Amnesty International, the heavy-handed crackdown by security forces killed at least 324 men, women, and children between the 15th and 19th of November, 2019. These documented victims of violent state repression were killed in 37 cities across Iran, with the majority having been killed in the impoverished suburbs around Tehran.

An Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights in Iran

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported last week that a new population law in Iran infringes upon the sexual and reproductive health rights of Iranian women, putting them and their health at greater risk. Iran’s Guardian Council approved the bill on November 1st, 2021, which promotes population growth, adds further restrictions to Iranian women’s access to abortion and contraceptives, and outlaws the “free distribution of contraceptives in the public health care system unless a pregnancy threatens a woman’s health,” according to HRW. 

Officials Claim Frozen Iranian Assets Freed

Iran’s President and other officials have claimed some of Iran’s assets abroad frozen by U.S. sanctions have been released. The IAEA Director General is travelling to Iran, a prominent human rights defender has been arrested, and an IRGC commander has talked about Iran’s response to the Soleimani assassination. Meanwhile, an earthquake hit southern Iran.

Iran Outlines What It Seeks in Vienna

Iran has outlined what it seeks from the U.S. in the Vienna talks, including guarantees the U.S. will stay in the JCPOA. Meanwhile, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has travelled to Europe for bilateral talks. Iran also released a Vietnamese tanker it seized and warned U.S. drones away from its territory. An Iranian officials also warned that rare diseases are increasing.