The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center Welcomes Sareta Ashraph as Chair of its Board of Directors
September 15, 2015
(NEW HAVEN) – Sareta Ashraph has been elected the new Chair of the Board of Directors of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC). She has been a member of the Center’s Board since April, 2012.
Sareta specializes in international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law. She is a barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales as well as the Bar of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2013 and 2014, Sareta was ranked by Chambers and Partners (UK edition) as a Notable Practitioner in the field of international criminal law.
Sareta has extensive experience working on United Nations Commissions of Inquiry, analyzing and documenting violations of international law on the context of ongoing hostilities. Sareta has also served as Counsel before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and as a Legal Officer at the International Criminal Court. She is a HEAT-trained Deployable Civilian Expert (Justice Sector) with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and is also a member of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
Sareta is a Chevening Scholar and is a 2014-2015 Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. She is a member of Garden Court Chambers in London, one of the UK’s leading human rights chambers. “Sareta’s years of legal experience and deep involvement in the international human rights discourse will reinforce the IHRDC’s strengths,” said Owen Fiss, a Professor Emeritus at Yale Law School and long-serving member of IHRDC’s Board of Directors, “We are thrilled to have Sareta heading our board as the organization continues its investigations into the deteriorating state of the rule of law in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
IHRDC is a not-for-profit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut that was founded in 2004 by a group of human rights scholars, activists, and historians. Its staff of human rights lawyers and researchers produce comprehensive and detailed reports on the human rights situation in Iran. IHRDC’s goal is to encourage an informed dialogue among scholars and the general public in both Iran and abroad. The human rights reports and a database of documents relating to human rights in Iran are available to the public for research and educational purposes on IHRDC’s website, http://www.iranhrdc.org.
For further information, please contact:
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
Tel: (203) 772-2218