December 14, 2012

Why They Left

Stories of Iranian Activists in Exile

Summary
Recommendations
Methodology
I. Background
The Rise of Civil Society in the Khatami Era
Targeting of Civil Society Activists During Ahmadinejad’s First Term..
Crackdown on Protest and Civil Society After the June 2009 Election
II. Attacks on Civil Society
The “Iran Proxy” Affair and Local Rights Groups
Minority Rights Activists
Women’s Rights Activists
Student Activists
Journalists and Bloggers
Human Rights Lawyers
III. Refugees’ Stories
Protesters
Minority Rights Activists
Student Activists
Journalists and Bloggers
Others
IV. Their Lives as Refugees
Turkey
Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan)
Acknowledgments