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What? Lecture and panel discussion
When? Tuesday, May 28, 16:30-18:30
Where? Auditorium Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

The Society of Foreign Affairs, together with Amnesty and Insamlingsstiftelsen för mänskliga rättigheter i Iran presents a theme evening on Human Rights issues in Iran. The evening holds a lecture by Golbarg Bashi, followed by an interesting panel discussion. 

Professor Golbarg Bashi: 
Born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated in Britain and the United States, Golbarg Bashi is a feminist historian and activist. She holds a MSc in Women’s Studies, and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. She is a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, where she teaches Middle Eastern and Iranian history. She is currently in the process of publishing her doctoral thesis, titled: “Neither Nativism nor Universalism: A Feminist Critique of the Human Rights Discourse in Iran” as a book. 

In this talk, Golbarg will discuss the dire status of human rights in Iran and the ways in which Europeans and Swedes in particular can be of aid in Iranians' quest for democracy while not lending any weight to foreign intervention (a la Iraq and Afghanistan). As a EU-member state the Swedish government has a responsibility in ending the harsh EU sanctions placed on Iran which are hurting the Iranian people while strengthening the regime. 
Bashi will argue that responsible media representations of Iran together with solidarity from ordinary Swedish citizens and Sweden's trade unions, labor and feminist organisations are far more quintessential and meaningful than any other form of "humanitarian intervention" in Iran.

In the panel discussion:
Professor Golbarg Bashi - feminist human rights activist 
Farzaneh Roostaei – journalist in Iran and England
Ahoo Shokraei – student activist in IranArdeshir Bibakabadi unfortunately had to cancel his participation, but the program will still continue as planned.

Moderator: Moheb Nayeri – group secretary for Amnesty group 72

Time: 16.30 – 18.30, with a short break where refreshments will be available. 
Auditorium Sappören.

 



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