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