Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Association for the Right to Live
The Association for the Right to Life (ARL) was founded in Iran by Emadeddin Baghi, a writer and long-time human rights activist.
Baghi was sentenced to three years in prison after writing an article against the death penalty in 2000. After his release, he established two human rights associations:
– the Society for the defense of prisoners’ rights, which is now a well-known NGO in Iran;
– The Association for the Right to Live, which was established in 2005.
ARL was co-founded with Dr. Zarir merat and her spouse Azade Niknam and is the first NGO to advocate the abolition of the death penalty from within Iran.
The Association hopes to start a website dedicated to the death penalty, which would also be a first in Iran.
Emadeddin Baghi, who keeps writing about the death penalty, was again sentenced to three years in prison after the summer 2007 wave of executions in Iran.