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Human Rights and the Global History of the Iranian Revolution
February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Richard Ettinghausen Library at the Hagop Kevorkian Center
50 Washington Square South
Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the Iranian student opposition abroad, developed contending narratives of human rights in Iran. While Iranian students worked with Western human rights organizations to highlight the use of torture against political prisoners in Iran, the Pahlavi state responded by embracing a Third World narrative of human rights that emphasized state sovereignty at the 1968 UN International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran. In this lecture, Dr. Roham Alvandi examines how both the Shah and his opponents sought to instrumentalize human rights in the international struggle that sparked the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79.