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Human Rights Panel at Vienna Diplomatic Academy

UN Watch in partnership with UN Women (National Committee, Austria), the Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna recently held a human rights conference featuring dissidents from Cuba, Iran, and Mauritania. The event, which took place on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, was covered by the Austrian Press Agency , upon which is based the  following article. (Original German here.)

UN Watch human rights conference at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

UN Watch’s Vienna Diplomatic Academy human rights conference featuring dissidents Abidine Merzough of Mauritania (far left), Marina Nemat of Iran (second from right), and Rosa Maria Paya of Cuba (far right). Moderated by Marta Halpert (second from left).

Marina Nemat: “Tehran’s leadership is a sheep in wolf’s clothing” 

Three dissidents and women’s rights activists from Iran, Mauritania and Cuba paint dreary picture of home

VIENNA, November 26, 2013 – Iranian human rights activist and author Marina Nemat has little confidence in the new president Hassan Rouhani, who she fears the West considers to be moderate and conciliatory, especially after the recent agreement in the nuclear dispute.

“The Iranian leadership is trying to show a moderate face,” Nemat said Monday night at a human rights panel organized by Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch.  The panel, “Three dissidents, three states,” took place during the UN’s annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The Tehran leadership wants the international community to lift sanctions to ease suffering of the Iranian people, Nemat said, but “a change must come from within.”


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