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Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar, Delaram Farzaneh

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar with Dr. Delaram Farzaneh, Visiting Scholar at Wellesley College

Title: "The Human Rights Council’s Struggle to Protect Women’s Rights in Iran"

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Room 162 Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs Campus

** Lunch will be provided

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar with Delaram Farzaneh entitled: "The Human Rights Council’s Struggle to Protect Women’s Rights in Iran"

The mandate of the “Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran” is the first country-specific mandate of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council that was adopted in 2011. Resolution 16/9 established the position of the Special Rapporteur (SR) to investigate the situation of human rights in Iran due to allegations of gross and widespread human rights violations, especially in the aftermath of the presidential election and mass arrests of protestors in 2009. These allegations also include significant violations of women’s rights as Iran has legal obligations under international law to guarantee the human rights of women. This presentation analyzes the effectiveness and impact on the rights of women of the Special Rapporteur’s work since 2011. Important questions include whether the Special Rapporteurs impacted or influenced the rights of women? To what extent were they able to strengthen the human rights of women in Iran? Also, Iran’s role as a State with various legal obligations under international law is discussed. It will demonstrate Iran’s unwillingness to cooperate with the council’s mandate of the SR over the years, including barring their entry into Iran. This failure to cooperate extremely limits the scope and ability of the SR to investigate these allegations and have impact on the situation of human rights. This talk also touches on an important hurdle to remove discriminatory practices against women in Iran: the incompatibility of international human rights laws with Shi’a Islamic jurisprudence as it relates to women’s rights.

Dr. Delaram Farzaneh, S.J.D., is a human rights scholar and lawyer from Iran. Currently she is a Visiting Fellow of the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. Before Wellesley College, she was a Scholar in Residence at Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law in Iran. After coming to the United States, she received her first Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law, and a second LL.M. and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in International Legal Studies. Passionate about the rule of law and human rights, particularly issues surrounding women’s rights, she has published numerous articles that analyze discrimination against women in Iran. Her book, Judgeships in Iran: Step Down, You are a Woman - A Legal Analysis of International Human Rights, is a comprehensive critique of Iran’s gender-based discrimination against women from the various pe


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