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:

CIVIC SPACE IN IRAN

Restrictions and Violations of the Right to Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly

Civil society in Iran is experiencing a disturbing and hazardous period. Over the years, Iranian authorities have adopted a repressive strategy that systematically attacks and undermines the independent civil society, a strategy that translates into numerous civil society activists being summoned, interrogated, detained and imprisoned on a regular basis. At the same time, in order to occupy the Iranian civic space, the government has accelerated its mission to develop and expand a parallel and contingent civil society, to both marginalize and silence voices of civic dissent, domestically and overseas.

This research is a case study of the main trends in Iran’s civic space and the restrictions imposed on it, with a focus on violations of the right to freedom of speech Read More

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