Founder and Chairman
The International Organisation to Preserve Human Rights (IOPHR) is an active not-for-profit organisation and think tank based in the United Kingdom, with members spanning across the globe. We are an independent body, and do not have any political or religious inclinations or associations. Founded by Dr. Seyed Azmayesh, a jurist-scholar and human rights activist, IOPHR is at the centre of human rights preservation, working towards equality, inclusivity and social development.
IOPHR is a research-based organization, campaigning for social reform and preservation of human rights for all. Our foundational values are equality, equity, mutual respect, peace and inclusivity. Our work is aimed towards upholding the democratic values of secularism, fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals, and the rule of law.
Our work ethic is to provide a comprehensive account of human rights issues, by exploring all possible facets of a problem, including sociological, psychological, economic, cultural and political aspects. We work to provide an unbiased and well-rounded image, to empower individuals with reliable information. We do not partake in the blame-culture, but instead, actively support and facilitate open communication and transparency.
Our aim is to counteract and resolve several issues that encroach upon the human rights of individuals and pose a threat to our democratic society. Our main areas of focus are gender-inequality, cultural and religious antagonism, extremism, forms of violence, and social inequity. We aim to promote and uphold human rights values that are universal, and should be equally available to every single human being, irrespective of one’s race, culture, gender or faith.
We hope to empower women, and be a platform to bring forth the voices of those who are unrepresented or suppressed within our patriarchal society. Our work provides research-based evidence for the injustices and gender-based violence towards women. Our goal is to restore gender-equilibrium to the social sphere. Our research and campaigning efforts specifically include the issues of violent extremism within society. Our goal is to combat this instrument of organized crime which poses a threat to communities across the globe.
We also hope to contribute towards the Global Goals as set out by the United Nations, including working towards gender equality by eliminating gender-based violence and discrimination, combatting harmful practices such as early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (goal n°5), or the promotion of peace, justice and security to reduce all forms of violence, and ensure inclusivity and sustainable development within our societies (goals n°11 and n°16). IOPHR employs a dynamic long-term plan that will help achieve our goals, with a prospective approach to accommodate for the ever-changing social environment.
Our Aims are:
• Protection of human rights and democratic values within society.
• Achieving gender-equality in all realms of society, and eliminating gender-based violence.
• Eliminating the threats of extremism through research-based proposals, and working closely with policy-makers, public officials and members of the society.
• Creation of an inclusive and well-integrated society that finds strength in diversity and cultural cohesion.
• Reducing cultural, religious or racial discrimination and polarization, along with counteracting hate crime and social ignorance.
• Contributing to the Global Goals devised by the United Nations to transform society in a sustainable way
Dr. Seyed Mostafa Azmayesh
Dr. Seyed Mostafa Azmayesh, the founder IOPHR, is a jurist-scholar, human rights activist, and an author. He holds two doctorates, and is known for his extensive research in the fields of Theology, Law and Human Rights. His most notable efforts have been towards the reform of social or legal practices that are in violation of human rights and freedom of the people. His research includes strategic planning to counter the rise of violence and extremism within society. He firmly believes in the institution of secularism and diversity, and is a strong advocate for gender-equality and eliminating gender-based violence. Dr. Azmayesh established this organisation to identify, protect and preserve human rights of people across the globe. His vision and passion have helped establish the foundation of IOPHR, rooted in education, research and cohesion.
Sadie, the Co-Founder of IOPHR, is a human rights activist, with over 25 years of experience in social work, community outreach, and working with different charitable organisations. She has helped build this organisation from the ground up, and direct the vision of IOPHR.
Content Marketing Specialist
Suzanne is the head of the Human Resources Department. She manages the hiring process inside IOPHR, and selects candidates for internships and volunteer positions. She is responsible for designing our recruitment policy, and is the legal consultant for IOPHR.
Social Media & Marketing
Kelly is trusted with the filtering and monitoring of IOPHR’s social media strategy in order to increase awareness for our organization on a digital platform. Her work involves creating a collective representation of our objectives, values and goals as a non-profit organization.
Farshad is our Senior Programme Manager who leads a team of four members, dealing with the executive management of all activities within IOPHR. He is responsible for incorporating the vision of the organisation into an action-based plan that encourages involvement from all sections of society. He also manages our financial planning and fundraising activities. Him and his team work with our Research & Analysis Team on a regular basis, to map out a strategic plan and prioritise short-term and long-term objectives based on the needs within society. The team aims to expand on its activities in collaboration with like-minded organisations. This team is also responsible for investigating the feasibility and viability of each activity of the organisation, to regularly monitor the scope and effectiveness of the measures taken.
Policy & Advocacy Advisor
Mattie is our Policy and Advocacy Advisor, and in charge of communications and public relations of IOPHR. As an international human rights activist, with substantial experience in areas of counter-terrorism, she is an expert in the field of Islamist extremism and women’s rights issues in Islam. She plays a key role in the Research and Analysis team, and significantly contributes to the efforts of IOPHR in terms of education, awareness and research-oriented action. Mattie has spent years advocating for the protection of human rights principles and continues to give a resonant voice to those who may not be able to speak for themselves, hoping to inspire communities to get more involved and work towards the future of dynamic change in society.
Research & Analysis Manager
Farzad is the head of the Research and Analysis team, and a human rights activist, leading the efforts of our organisation to serve as a successful think-tank on issues such as human rights violations, and the rise of extremism and radicalisation within society. As a senior advisor within IOPHR, he collaborates with several departments for the strategic planning and goal-setting of the organisation. The Research and Analysis team is responsible for conducting extensive primary and secondary research, and interviews with academics, public officials, and members of the community, in order to present a comprehensive analysis of social issues relating to human rights. The team hopes to establish IOPHR as a reliable think tank that is accessible to all groups of society.
Barbara is in charge of coordination of our projects, meetings and events. She assists in the organisation of several programmes and gatherings, and oversees the administrative duties within IOPHR.
Press & Media
Bahareh is responsible for the management of press and media relations. She leads the team of correspondents and interviewers, along with organising public broadcasts in several languages.
Advisor & Volunteer
Beverley is responsible for developing advertising and marketing strategies for IOPHR’s public events, conferences, cultural gatherings and volunteering events.
Digital Media & Web Developer
Farshid is in charge of Digital Media, web design and development, and management of our digital contents, including blog press releases, audio and video podcasts.