Iran - COI

Click here to see the host countries of refugees originating from Iran.

Dr Rebwar Fatah

Email: rebwaratmideastconsultancy [dot] com or infoatmideastconsultancy [dot] com

Dr Rebwar Fatah is the founder and Managing Director of MECS. He has extensive knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, and of Western involvement in that region. Dr Fatah has been working as a Middle East expert since 2000, and has produced hundreds of reports for court purposes. Dr Fatah's reports have been cited in over two thousand immigration appeals, as well as family and criminal cases in which his expertise has been accepted. A number of media outlets and professional bodies also rely on his opinion, as well as IOM, UNHCR, and national government bodies. Dr Fatah’s commercial and financial knowledge of the Middle East and the western market, coupled with his deep knowledge of technology and its implementation makes him unique in his field. He regularly visits the Middle East conducting fact-finding missions to ensure that his knowledge is up to date and based on reliable information. Dr Fatah speaks most of the Middle Eastern languages as well as their various dialects. Dr Fatah’s Country Expert Reports cover a wide range of issues, including general security (examining the actions of state and non-state actors) and sufficiency of protection, crimes of honour, healthcare, corruption, employment markets, and at-risk groups of different sexual, religious, political and cultural profiles.

Dr Bernard Kaussler

Email: kausslbxatjmu [dot] edu

Dr Bernard Kaussler is Assistant Professor of Political Science at James Madison University in Virginia. He has five years of experience providing advanced research and analysis, project management, and consultancy for government, private sector, and academic clients. He is willing to enter into discussion with legal representatives about providing expert reports. He has completed expert reports for asylum cases which have included gay rights, women's rights, and cases involving dissidents and members of the opposition, as well minority rights (both ethnic and religious).

Mrs Jaleh Saboktakin

Email: refiranjsatgmail [dot] com

Jaleh Saboktakin is Programme Manager (Protection) with Danish Refugee Council, currently based in South Sudan. Previously, Jaleh was working with UNHCR Iran for 6 years, managing higher education and repatriation programme for Afghan and Iraqi refugees. Jaleh has post-graduate degree in Development & Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University, specialising on issues related to durable solutions for refugees.

Mr Anwar Soltani

Email: anwar1333ataol [dot] com

Mr. Soltani works with the Institute of Linguists as an assessor of exams, and as a freelance translator and interpreter. He has published various research pieces and books regarding Kurdistan. Mr. Soltani is willing to authenticate documents and prepare reports on their originality, provided they are in Kurdish (Sorani dialect) or Farsi. Please note that Mr. Soltani will not prepare Country of Origin expert reports: his services on this website are regarding authentication only.

Ms Natalia Tereshchenko

Email: 2t [dot] nataliaatgmail [dot] com

Ms. Natalia Tereshchenko is a researcher and project manager at the Oriental Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, where she focuses on religious and ethnic minority rights in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also a researcher at the global online consultancy, Wikistrat.
Previously, Natalia has been working on legal assistance for Afghanistan through UNODC and has served as the Vice-Chair of the International Refugee Law Committee at the American Bar Association. Natalia's expertise also includes issues of non-traditional security threats, negotiations with non-state actors and conflict transformation.

Dr George Joffé 

Email: gj235atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk or emailatgeorgejoffe [dot] com
 
Professor Joffé, Director, Centre for the Study of International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. From 1997-2000 Professor Joffé was the deputy-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London; member,  EuroMeSCo Network;  from 2007-10, visiting fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford;  currently a senior member of St Antony’s College and he is an analyst for NOREF; Consultant, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the  US State Department. He has also advised the European Commission (DG Relex), EuropAid and the new External Action Service. He is prepared to provide country of origin experts witness statements for Morocco including the Western Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, the GCC states, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Chad.
 

Arzoo Osanloo

Email: aosanlooatuw [dot] edu

Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program with adjunct appointments in the School of Law and Departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Religion. She received her Ph.D. in 2002 in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University. Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney. At the University of Washington, Dr Osanloo conducts research and teaches courses focusing on the intersection of law and culture, including human rights, refugee rights and identity, and women’s rights in Muslim societies. Her main geographical focus is the Middle East, especially Iran. She has published in various journals, including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology and Iranian Studies. Her book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (2009), is published by Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a new project that considers the Islamic mandate of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy in Iran’s criminal sanctioning system, jurisprudential scholarship, and everyday acts among pious Muslims.

Charles W. Dunne

Email: szukeatmei [dot] edu or charleswdunneatgmail [dot] com

Charles W. Dunne is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, a member of the John Hay Initiative, and has recently advised two presidential campaigns on Near East policy. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008), and was director of Middle East and North Africa programs from 2011 to 2015 at Freedom House, where he focused on human rights and democracy promotion in the region. Prior to joining Freedom House, he was Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007. Dunne spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India, and later served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of presidential initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He is a frequent media guest on outlets such as BBC, al-Jazeera, and al-Hurra, and has appeared on CBS, Fox, and NPR.  He has written for numerous publications, including the Washington PostUS News and World Report, the American Interest, and The National in Dubai. He has often spoken in public on Middle East issues on panels and major conferences.

Kameel Ahmady (FGM/C)

Kameel Ahmady is a social anthropologist and originally hails from Iranian Kurdistan. Kameel holds a post-graduate degree in anthropology and visual ethnography from the University of Kent and currently works on community development programmes with focuses on FGM, early child marriage and MGM/C (Male Circumcision). He has a background in social empowerment, family and children right initiatives, and has worked extensively on issues concerning local cultures, migration, minority rights and Middle East affairs. His more recent research projects include a comprehensive study (in English and Farsi/Persian) titled A Comprehensive Research Study On Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting in Iran-2015, a research conducted over the period of ten years along with a short anthropological film In the Name of Tradition on the issue of FGM ( in West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Hormozgan). This research study has gained global recognition since it is the first film on FGM in Iran. He wrote three books and published on themes of gender, Diaspora, multiculturalism and modernity in the Middle East. Currently he advises governments and international NGO's on FGM and related issues in Middle East. Moreover, he is effectively present at numerous international events and conferences.

Osman Mahmoudi (FGM/C)

 
Osman Mahmoudi works as family counsellor in the province of Kermanshah, Iran and he is in the process of completing his PhD on Family Counselling at the University of Shaheed Chamran of Ahvaz, Iran. Osman founded a counselling centre on FGM cases in the province of Kermanshah, Iran, where classes are held for young people and women concerning psychological and physiological risks of FGM. In spring 2014 he trained 50 Psychology students on FGM. He has a background in counselling, education organisation, psychotherapy and female genital mutilation (FGM). During the last 9 years he gained expertise in health systems strengthening, reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, monitoring and evaluating programmes, including FGM.  His more recent research projects include a comprehensive study, Comparison mental health, sexual functioning and marital satisfaction of couples victim of FGM and other couples (2015 LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing). Currently he is consultant, research and specialist for Stop FGM Middle East Campaign that started in May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
 

Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Email: f [dot] ghaderiatexeter [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Farangis Ghaderi is an independent researcher and academic based in the UK. She holds a PhD in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter. She has worked as an independent Middle East expert since 2012 and has extensive experience in providing country expert reports for immigration lawyers representing Kurdish, Iraqi, and Iranian clients. As an academic she has published scholarly articles on Kurdish nationalism, culture, and literature in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research in international conferences. She speaks fluent Kurdish and Farsi and has working knowledge of Arabic and Dari. She is familiar with different Kurdish dialects and has prepared language expert reports for Kurdish asylum seekers from Iran and Iraq whose nationality have been disputed. Dr Ghaderi is prepared to provide country expert reports on Iran, Iraq, and Iraqi Kurdistan, country of origin expert witness, and language assessment reports for Kurdish, Iranian, and Iraqi asylum seekers. She is willing to authenticate documents from Iran and Iraq and prepare reports on their originality.   

International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees

www.icrir.org
Email: icri [dot] refugeesatgmail [dot] com

Contact: Maria Rohaly, Coordinator, Mission Free Iran
www.missionfreeiran.org
phone: +1 240-595-2633
Email: maria [dot] rohalyatgmail [dot] com

The International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees is a collection of international grassroots organizations advocating for refugee rights with a specialized, though not exclusive, focus on the Iranian refugee situation. Our mission is to protect and uphold the asylum rights of refugees in accordance with the mandate of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Internet Freedom

Reporters Without Borders has published a list of 10 "internet enemies", i.e. countries that actively restrict access to the internet, censor content and pursue and imprison those who upload, contribute and view content which criticises the government. There are corresponding articles detailing the legal obstacles for internet users, and the consequences for those who fall foul of the law. Iran is on this list.

Reports, Commentaries and relevant Documents.

  • Commentary on the March 2011 Iran OGN. Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Iran. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers
  • COI Compilation September 2013. Published by ACCORD (Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum) contains general, historical, and political information about Iran as well as Irans treatment of different groups.

 

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