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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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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.
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We applaud President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will seek a major new global vaccination effort. We urge President Biden to put his words into action and to ensure citizens and refugees of the global South and within sanctioned countries like Iran have equitable access to vaccines and the necessary means to defeat the coronavirus.
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.”
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.”
The detention and torture of Iranian-Kurdish prisoner, Heidar Ghorbani, has attracted international outrage since his arrest by Iranian officials five years ago. Now, with his execution imminent, calls are growing for the Iranian government to stay the sentence. Ghorbani was first arrested in October of 2016 for alleged involvement in the killing of three members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Kurdistan province of Iran. Ghorbani has denied this charge. After Ministry of Intelligence officials raided his home without a warrant and arrested him, Ghorbani was sent to several detention centers where he endured solitary confinement and torture, in contravention of international human rights law.
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.
The IAEA may censure Iran at an upcoming IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, which Raisi has said will disrupt the negotiations. The Raisi administration’s position on the nuclear issue is still unclear. Meanwhile, a hardline MP has called Rouhani a traitor and called for his prosecution, while an anti-Taliban protest was broken up in Tehran by authorities.