The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran (ABF) is a non-governmental non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran. The Foundation is an independent organization with no political affiliation. It is Named in memory of Dr. Abdorrahman Boroumand, an Iranian lawyer and pro-democracy activist who was assassinated allegedly by the agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Paris on April 18, 1991, the Foundation believes that promoting human rights awareness through education and the dissemination of information are necessary prerequisites for the establishment of a stable democracy in Iran.
The Foundation is committed to the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and in other internationally recognized human rights instruments. Taking as a starting point the fundamental equality of all human beings, the Foundation seeks to ensure that human rights in Iran are promoted and protected without discrimination, whether it be on the basis of one's gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Guided by the belief that unremedied human rights violations are a major obstacle to the establishment of a stable democracy, the Foundation is committed to the right of all victims of human rights abuses to justice and public recognition.
Based on the foregoing principles, the Foundation adopts as its mandate the promotion of public awareness of issues concerning democracy and human rights in Iran. Through its programs of research, documentation, publications, and outreach, the Foundation hopes to help restore the dignity of Iran's countless victims of human rights violations.
The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation’s work is enabled through the generous support of a diverse array of funders – from charitable foundations to individual donors. The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation receives approximately 45% of its support from private U.S. foundations, 45% of its support from private European foundations, and 9% of its funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private non-governmental organization (NGO), which, though funded by the US Congress, is governed by an independent, nonpartisan board of directors*.
The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation was founded in April 2001 by Ladan and Roya, the daughters of Abdorrahman Boroumand.
Ladan Boroumand is a former visiting fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies; she is currently research director at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. She has a Master's degree in political sociology and a PhD in history from France. She is the author of la Guerre des Principes (1999), an extensive study of the tensions throughout the French Revolution between human rights and the sovereignty of the nation. She is the author and co-author of several articles on the French Revolution, the Islamic revolution of Iran, and the nature of Islamist terrorism.
Roya Boroumand is the executive director at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Roya has a PhD in history of international relations from France and is a specialist in Iran's post-Second World War history. She is a former consultant with the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and has researched and written about women rights and family law in North Africa. She has co-authored several articles on the political situation in Iran and the nature of Islamist terrorism.
Reza Nassehi has a BA in sociology from Tehran University. A long time human rights advocate, Reza Nassehi Tehrani was a co-founder, editor and contributor to the Iranian exile political/cultural journal Noghteh (Paris, 1995 to 1999). Reza Nassehi has published numerous articles in Persian on subjects related to Iran's political situation, the support of human rights and the development of democratic culture. He joined the ABF in 2003.
*Numbers are calculated based on 2012 income only