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Hassan Shariatmadari teaches Tavaana’s Free and Fair Elections as a Strategy for Transitioning from Dictatorship to Democracy webinar series. Mr. Shariatmadari is an Iranian opposition leader and a proponent of the Free Elections Movement (Jonbeshe Entekhabate Azad) in Iran. In 1979, he co-founded the Iranian People’s Republican Party (IPRP), which mobilized millions for protests against Khomeini’s rule. The movement resisted the establishment of the Rule of the Jurist (Velayat-e Faqih) system, but went into exile after being crushed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In 2004, he formed the United Republicans of Iran (Etehadieh Jomhoori Khahan), envisioning Iran as a democratic republic with constitutional guarantees of civil, political, social rights and individual liberties, separation of religion and state, sustainable social development, gender equality, rights of minorities, and increased local decision-making authority and supported a non-violent struggle towards democracy.

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