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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.
Advancing Peace & Diplomacy
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NIAC is funded by the Iranian-American community and prominent American foundations. NIAC does not receive funds from the United States government nor from the Iranian government.
Contributions made to NIAC are 100% tax-deductible. Contributions made to NIAC Action are not tax-deductible.
The sad truth is that sanctions are reflexively imposed on adversaries and competitors with little to no regard for their harsh humanitarian impacts or whether they are advancing U.S. interests. For Iran, it has long been apparent that sanctions have done little to advance U.S. interests while impoverishing ordinary citizens and depriving them of basic care. Yet, there is no institutional mechanism to examine these policies to determine their effectiveness and their broad and harmful humanitarian impacts.
There are a number of incredible organizations that are currently working to assist Afghan refugees as they resettle in the United States. Our community can best help during this time by providing the assistance and resources these organizations need to continue doing their work, whether it is through volunteering our time or by donating. Check out our non-comprehensive list of organizations to support.
The National Iranian American Council signed on to a joint memo calling for an end to policies that unjustly surveil, profile and criminalize Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) communities under the justification of the “Global War on Terror.”
As a tool for widespread communication and sharing across borders, Iranian authorities have long tried to control and censor internet access for Iranian citizens. However, a new Android app, Nahoft, seeks to give Iranians a tool that could allow them to communicate freely as the state tightens its grip on internet control, surveillance, and censorship. The encryption app’s name fittingly means “hidden” in Persian. It was recently released on Google Play by United for Iran, a human rights and civil liberties group based in San Francisco.
One of the most recent targets of Iranian authorities is journalist and labor activist, Amir-Abbas Azarmvand, who was arrested on September 1st by security agents. Azarmvand has had run-ins with Iranian security forces in the past, for his participation in labor strikes in protest in December of 2018. As a financial journalist, Azarmvand reports on matters such as poverty, the condition of Iranian workers, and labor strikes and protests. According to reports, Azarmvand is being charged with the all too familiar and vague allegation often employed by Iranian authorities to go after activists: “propaganda against the state.”
Iran has said it will return to the Vienna negotiations this week, amid diplomatic momentum building at the UN General Assembly. In Iran, rapper Toumaj Salehi was released from prison while another prisoner died under suspicious circumstances. Iran has also been accepted into the Shanghai Cooperation Council.
A rapper in Isfahan has been arrested after releasing songs critical of the government. Iran has also reached a new agreement with the IAEA that keeps hopes for a JCPOA return alive. Meanwhile, several key foreign ministry officials have been replaced, while the Foreign Ministry says there are no redlines to COVD vaccine imports.