Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG)
Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) is an Internet-based community of individuals committed to campaigning for the improvement of human rights in Iran:
The following text was provided to SCI Site by IHRWG in Nov 1999:
It all started with the news of a yet another stoning (to death) in Iran in March 1994. Sam Ghandchi was outraged and posed the question in the electronic bulletin board soc.culture.iranian (SCI) if something could be done by way of petition to stop this barbaric practice. Hossein B. Zadeh followed it up by arguing that the real evil is the death penalty itself - human beings allowing themselves to take lives of other human beings. Then followed a series of correspondence in which Hossein also invited a group of other like-minded SCI contributors to take part.
In the discussions that followed, a number of human rights issues, including torture and various forms of death penalty in Iran were raised. It was realized that organizing a thorough and effective campaign against any of these abuses of human rights in Iran required more self-education as well as a forum for discussion and planning actions. And so the idea of forming the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) was born.
Some 14 members of the people who were involved in the discussion welcomed the idea and registered themselves as "founding members" of the group. They approved a Charter for the group and elected a 5-member Steering Committee in May 1994 after which the group was officially launched.
Early in 1995, proposals were put forward for some changes in the Charter. As a result of these changes, the number of Steering Committee members was raised from five to eight and their terms of office from one to two years (elected on a roll-over basis).
Abolition of Death Penalty:
Please note that IHRWG has been running a campaign against the death penalty, which covers qessas killing and stoning. Please if interested, visit the following webpage to add your signature to IHRWG's petition:
Letters of Support for Abolition of Death Penalty by
Dariush Foruhar and Hezbe Mellat Iran sent to
IHRWG Chair, Dr. Hossein Bagher Zadeh in 1997:
Other Human Rights Resources:
* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on Dec 4, 1999