ALA supports human rights and freedom of expression in Iran

For Immediate Release
Fri, 12/09/2022


Raymond Garcia

Communications Specialist

Communications and Marketing Office (CMO)

CHICAGO - The American Library Association supports Iranian colleagues and the people of Iran in their efforts for human rights, including women’s rights and freedom of speech and expression.

ALA has adopted into its policies Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers."

ALA expresses its solidarity with librarians, teachers and others in the woman-led uprising in Iran for human rights in which hundreds have died and thousands have been detained. ALA encourages members to provide educational materials and other resources and tools to raise awareness in their communities of the current situation in Iran and to combat misinformation.

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