“Iran, Human Rights and the Nuclear Question: What are the connections?”




, 2007
In an original analysis of the Iranian nuclear question, Professor Akhavan

examines the close inter-relationship between the threats posed by Iran’s foreign policy

and the internal repression of human rights, and proposes a re-evaluation of Western

policy in terms of targeted sanctions aimed at Iranian leaders responsible for atrocities

against their own citizens. Canada’s specific role will also be examined, focusing on

the continuing failure to bring the murderers of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra

Kazemi to justice, and how accountability for such crimes would empower democratic

forces and transform Iran’s foreign policy and desire to acquire a nuclear capability.

Payam Akhavan is the President and co-Founder of the Iran Human Rights

Documentation Centre in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served as the Legal

Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former

Yugoslavia at The Hague (1994-2000). He also served as Special Advisor to the

United Nations in Cambodia, Guatemala, East Timor, and Rwanda, and represented

sovereigns before international courts and tribunals.

WHERE: Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, University of

British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Friday, January 26

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