Educational Institutions

Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • www.iranrights.org

Mission Statement

The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF) is committed to promoting universally‑recognized human rights norms and democracy in Iran, and to taking steps to alleviate human suffering through public recognition and justice. Taking as a starting point the fundamental equality of all human beings and the belief that unremedied human rights violations are a major obstacle to the establishment of the rule of law, ABF is committed to the right of all victims of human rights abuses to justice and public recognition. It seeks to ensure that human rights in Iran are protected without discrimination, be it on the basis of one's gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Established in 2001, ABF believes that strengthening democratic culture and promoting human rights awareness through education are the prerequisites for a long-lasting democracy in Iran. Through its programs of research, documentation, publications, and outreach, ABF aims to draw attention to the serious human rights violations, including breaches of due process of law and frequent use and arbitrary application of the death penalty in Iran; to stimulate awareness and discussion of these issues amongst Iran’s citizens; and to promote an active approach to ending these human rights violations, while restoring the dignity of the countless men and women who have fallen victim to them.

Main Programs

  1. Omid - an online memorial
  2. Human Rights and Democracy Library

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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ROYA BOROUMAND

Keywords

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human rights, democracy, education, library, memorial, transitional justice

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EIN

52-2302849

 Number

6502248844

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Professional Societies, Associations (Q03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Over the past 11 years, ABF has succeeded in mobilizing thousands of victims' relatives in truth telling and building a culture that sees the respect of human rights, due process, and remembrance as necessary prerequisites to end the violence that has harmed millions in Iran. Some of our key achievements in the last ten years:
o Established ourselves as a credible and reliable human rights group and gained broad-based support among diverse groups of Iranians and non-Iranian victims
o Documented more than 16,000 names and hundreds of stories in two languages in our database Omid and accessible on our website
o Interviewed victims, and transcribed and translated [insert changing number of] testimonies.
o Researched and published several groundbreaking reports and expert opinion on human rights issues not covered by the mainstream press, such as "The Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran, 1988, Report of an Inquiry" and "Neither Free Nor Fair, Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran."
o Translated thousands of human rights reports of other national and international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the United Nations, and Iranian human rights organizations such as Iran Human Rights and Human Rights Activists in Iran.
o Created and maintain the most comprehensive Farsi-English electronic archives of books, articles, memoirs, letters, documents, and information that sheds light on the violation of human rights and furthers the knowledge, understanding, dissemination, and implementation of human rights and democracy in Iran.
o Maintain a unique and extensive database of thousands floggings sentences issued in Iran.
o Provide support to scores of Iranian political asylum-seekers

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Omid - an online memorial

Meaning “hope” in Farsi, Omid is a searchable, online memorial containing more than 16,000 cases of executions by Iranian government forces and their agents since 1979. Launched in 2006, this bilingual electronic memorial to those killed is a work in progress, a first step towards truth, justice, and reconciliation for the Iranian people. Using documentation technology specifically customized to provide statistical analysis of human rights violations, Omid pays homage to the victims of persecution and political violence and asserts the right of the Iranian people to know the truth about what happened to them.

Omid is unique because of its use of technology to give a voice to victims. Omid is the first such effort to compile comprehensive information on those who have been killed in and outside Iran – regardless of political affiliation, occupation, educational status, sex, belief or religion. The circumstances that led to each victim’s death and the human rights norms that were violated in the process – ranging from torture to discrimination – are also recorded. Omid is a groundbreaking model that can serve other countries seeking to address past violations and to end ongoing violence and impunity.

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Program 2

Human Rights and Democracy Library

The Human Rights and Democracy Library is an historical archive as well as a research and advocacy tool that helps the understanding of the scope and pattern of more than 30 years human rights violations. Containing over 3,000 international human rights instruments and reports in Persian and English, as well as testimonies from the victims and other relevant sources, the Library is a valuable source of information and education not only for Iranians but also for human rights advocates, journalists, scholars, and policymakers outside Iran.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ABF is driven by a mission to document every execution and hear every victim. In doing so, ABF aims to demonstrate that violence and a justice system that is marred by discrimination and rejects due process is a problem, no matter who is in power.
    Ultimately, these efforts will help to:
     -Educate Iranians about the history and the context of cyclical violence in the country.
     -Challenge the Islamic Republic of Iran’s tradition of placing blame on others for its use of violence.
     -Document incidents to lay the groundwork for any investigation into human rights violations and a future truth commission.
     -Educate the international community about the abuses that continue to take place.
     -Provide resources for other human rights organizations to use within their specific contexts.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To achieve our goal, we have to confront and understand the past, draw attention to patterns of human rights violations, trigger reflection on human rights and democracy, influence the national discourse and engage victims and other citizens in a common endeavor, that is truth telling. To do so we:
    • Document methodically and as objectively as we can every single execution and assassination and publish stories in Farsi and English with a focus on the right to life and the right to due process of law.
    • Engage victims of human rights violations to tell their story as a first step to healing, echo their voices, and draw attention to impunity.
    • Help Iranians remember their history and strengthen their will to confront the past.
    • Promote human rights based values through translations of theoretical and practical tools, reports and advocacy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With its thorough methodology, impeccable research standards, and focus on every single executed individual, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, civil status, political party, ABF staff are highly respected among ordinary Iranians, activists, victims’ relatives, policy makers, and academics in Iran and around the world. This respect has garnered ABF the trust of Iranians from all walks of life and political views who are willing to tell their stories and those of their relatives who have been killed. ABF has built a network of survivors, proving to be extremely effective in building trust among those who have never trusted anyone with whom to share their stories. These efforts are buoyed by the regular communication received from victims’ relatives, expressing appreciation for the work and for impacting their lives. ABF is so well respected in the Iranian community that there is currently a waiting list to have cases documented.

    This is also a testament to the organization’s founders and staff, who are particularly competent because of their academic and professional training as well as personal life experience and language skills. ABF has also deliberately hired individuals from diverse political, religious, and cultural backgrounds, all united by their commitment to helping ensure that Iranians will never again bear witness to such massive human rights violations. This policy also allows ABF to reach out more effectively its targeted audience.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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ABDORRAHMAN BOROUMAND FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

ROYA BOROUMAND

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Iraj Pezechkzad

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