Iran, Past and Present

In the course of his career, Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in many of the key human rights issues of recent history.

He was the first President of the Special Court in Sierra Leone, and in 2009, the author of an influential report Was there an Armenian Genocide? At the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in 2010, he put forward a case opposed by advocate Alan Dershowitz for making the Pope accountable for human rights abuses (as he does in his book The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse) as well as giving a talk on ending impunity for criminal world leaders.

Next week he is talking about his latest book, Mullahs without Mercy at Ideas at the House. The book brings together his thinking about nuclear weapons and their dangers in the Iranian context, but also looks at the human rights record of the Iranian regime.  Part of his interest in this stems from his 2011 report on the massacre of political prisoners in Iran at the end of the Iran Iraq war.  His Guardian article tells this tragic story succinctly, and leaves him in no doubt about the human rights credentials of Iranian leaders, past and present.

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