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ICYMI: Elliott Abrams on Iran and the Non-Aligned Movement

February 1, 2013 1 minute Read by Lindsay Lloyd

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes on his “Pressure Points” blog about the visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon for a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement.  Abrams notes that 400 Iranian dissidents, activists and intellectuals signed a letter to the Secretary General, appealing for his intervention in Iran’s dismal human rights situation.   But as Abrams notes, “Iran is a dictatorship where freedom of thought, press freedom, academic freedom, and free elections are non-existent. But we can be sure that these inconvenient facts will be ignored by the delegates gathered in Tehran.”  Read the full post here. Watch Nima Rashedan discuss the role of international sanctions in promoting human rights in his Freedom Collection interview here.

This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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