Promoting human rights and democracy in Iran

Abdorrahman Boroumand

The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation — including its first project, Omid, a Memorial in Defense of Human RIghts in Iran — is dedicated to promoting Boroumand’s ideals.

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About the Foundation

The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (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 is a necessary prerequisite for the establishment of a stable democracy in Iran.

The Foundation seeks to ensure that human rights in Iran are promoted and protected without discrimination.

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 49% of its support from private U.S. foundations, 39% of its support from private European foundations, individual donors provide 3% of ABF funding, and 9% of its funding comes 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.