About Us

Volunteer Activists Institute (VA) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and independent instituteRead More

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is a civil society which is dynamic, vibrant and democratic. A society which acts as an influential Read More

Partner up

We are always looking for new ways to reach our goals. This means partnering up with likeminded organizations Read More

Our Core Values

Our essential belief is a transparent and accountable civil society. We are equally dedicated to a diverse and participatory Read More

Introducing Volunteer Activists

Volunteer Activists Institute (VA) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and independent institute, whose primary aim is capacity building among activists and civil society organizations; facilitation of information exchange among civil society activists, and advocacy and expansion of democracy, human rights and peace building within Iranian society and communities in the MENA region.

Our Programs

Volunteer Activists has five programs that work towards our mission: mobilizing all resources available for Iran and other MENA countries to go through the transition process from a weak and un-experienced civil society, to a strong and mature civil society. One that is an active participant in the country’s political discourse. All our ongoing projects are part of our five programs:

A Call for Urgent Action: Freedom of Association and Assembly in Iran

Iranian authorities have long been pursuing a strategy to eradicate independent and authentic civic action. Civic space is shrinking at an alarming rate, and authorities use all means to spread and promote a phobia of civil society. Civil society activists, especially environmental activists, labor union and teacher union activists, as well as human rights defenders have been wrongfully persecuted. Eight environmental activists are sitting in prison on charges of espionage, four of whom are additionally charged with “sowing corruption on earth”. If convicted, they will face death penalty. Read More


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