Welcome to International Liberty Association

International Liberty Association is a registered Charity (1160607) set up with the aim of promoting a respect for human rights in Iran and the Middle East, at the same time as assisting the victims of such abuses.

It aims to campaign on behalf of, as well as provide support and assistance to those imprisoned or otherwise detained due to their gender, political, religious or otherwise consciously held belief. In particular, it will work to support and promote the rights of children, women and religious minorities who face systematic discrimination and oppression. International Liberty Association will also provide facilities, support and welfare to Iranian refugees who have been forced to flee Iran due to imprisonment, torture and even execution of friends and relatives. This will include the provision of educational, health, counselling and general advice services. It will also provide similar support for those threatened with extradition to where they could face torture or other forms of inhumane and degrading treatment.

Through its activities, International Liberty Association hopes to raise awareness within the British public of the human rights abuses of the Iranian regime and its role in acts of terrorism worldwide, at the same time making a real difference in the lives of the victims of the abusive regimes. International Liberty Association will also provide facilities and assistance to other groups and organisations involved in promoting human rights in Iran and the Middle East.

Hear from Our Volunteers

Kathleen Wright
About Volunteering

It is always fascinating to see behind the scenes with any organisation. The main ILA room functions variously as community centre, news room, advertising studio, campaign headquarters, restaurant, florist’s and a tour operator’s office.

Kathleen Wright
About Volunteering

It is always fascinating to see behind the scenes with any organisation. The main ILA room functions variously as community centre, news room, advertising studio, campaign headquarters, restaurant, florist’s and a tour operator’s office.

If one is averse to open plan offices, though, you will be glad to know that you will probably be working in one of several side rooms; think of all those doors!

When I started volunteering in August 2014, after seven years acquaintance with the organisation, Iranian courtesy made me feel rather like a minor royal on a visit!

With time and with greater familiarity, although the Iranians are no less respectful, no less appreciative of my presence, and just as prompt in meeting my needs, I have come to feel, instead, a valued friend of the family. One thing you will be encouraged to do as a volunteer is to think of the ILA as ‘us’ rather than ‘them’.

So come and join us.

Rosalind Topping
I have been happy to support the ILA in a number of ways

I have been a supporter of the ILA for the last six years. Whilst learning more about the work of the ILA, I have had the opportunity to meet many Iranians who volunteer their time to pursue the aim of supporting the people of Iran.

Rosalind Topping
I have been happy to support the ILA in a number of ways

I have been a supporter of the ILA for the last six years. Whilst learning more about the work of the ILA, I have had the opportunity to meet many Iranians who volunteer their time to pursue the aim of supporting the people of Iran .

I consider it a privilege to know the Iranian volunteers at the ILA. They are extraordinarily good people, who on a daily basis put into practice the principles in which they believe. I have no hesitation is saying how much I have learnt from them about living by decent humanitarian values.

Their honesty, integrity, bravery and dedication are truly humbling. Over the years I have been happy to support the ILA in a number of ways. This includes attending meetings, appearing at demonstrations and writing letters.

I have also supported the ILA by giving them money when I could do so.

I urge anybody interested in promoting basic human values to give serious attention to the work of the ILA and to support it in any way they can.

Philip Brown
Many hands make work lighter

I have been with ILA since 2008 and started volunteering in 2013. My motivation was to help, in any way I can. The work is straight forward and I live nearby. It makes me feel useful and I know work is appreciated, unlike my last paid job.

Philip Brown
Many hands make work lighter

I have been with ILA since 2008 and started volunteering in 2013. My motivation was to help, in any way I can. The work is straight forward and I live nearby. It makes me feel useful and I know work is appreciated, unlike my last paid job.

Many hands make work lighter. My message to other supporters is come and join us and you will contribute more than you realize in helping ILA achieve its goals.

Harry Brown
Give what you can when you can

I started volunteering for ILA 14 months ago. I saw a need to support the cause, and was made aware that my time could be usefully employed.

I have always supported causes when I feel I can in terms of money. The opportunity to contribute time and commitment is less common. My message to others is give what you can when you can. ‘Every little helps’ is a good mantra to live by.

Harry Brown
Give what you can when you can

I started volunteering for ILA 14 months ago. I saw a need to support the cause, and was made aware that my time could be usefully employed.

I have always supported causes when I feel I can in terms of money. The opportunity to contribute time and commitment is less common. My message to others is give what you can when you can. ‘Every little helps’ is a good mantra to live by.

We in the West are fortunate to live in a stable, largely liberal society and should harbour a thought for those less fortunate.

Allen Mason
The work has given me outside interest and contacts

I am familiar with this cause for over 30 years. I wanted to do something beside financial support so I started volunteer work in the office in 2014. The work has given me outside interest and contacts.

Allen Mason
The work has given me outside interest and contacts

I am familiar with this cause for over 30 years. I wanted to do something beside financial support so I started volunteer work in the office in 2014. The work has given me outside interest and contacts.

Rosa Branson
This association is doing a very important job indeed

I first came across this cause when I went around the world with the Salvation Army and I stayed in a hostel in Geneva and a lady had come from Iran to give evidence to the United Nations about human rights abuses and couldn’t go back.

Rosa Branson
This association is doing a very important job indeed

I first came across this cause when I went around the world with the Salvation Army and I stayed in a hostel in Geneva and a lady had come from Iran to give evidence to the United Nations about human rights abuses and couldn’t go back.

She told me all about it. I was very sympathetic to her but I hadn’t heard anything about it before. And then I thought I would hear more about it but the press was not taking any notice of it. And then two young men turned up at my door several years later and I said to myself yes I know about them. I thought these are my sort of people.

And I know many British people who feel the same way. And I tell them about this association a lot. That’s what got me involved and will keep me involved because I think this association is doing a very important job indeed.

Bahman
I am the youngest volunteer for the ILA

My name is Bahman and I am the youngest volunteer in the ILA. I spend a lot of my time helping the organisation promote human rights in Iran. My uncle lived in Camp ‘Liberty’ prison, and was injured in the first attack by the Iraqi forces, in Camp Ashraf.

Bahman
I am the youngest volunteer for the ILA

My name is Bahman and I am the youngest volunteer in the ILA. I spend a lot of my time helping the organisation promote human rights in Iran. My uncle lived in Camp ‘Liberty’ prison, and was injured in the first attack by the Iraqi forces in Camp Ashraf.

As an Iranian in exile I see many others my age, teenagers, playing video games and enjoying school. However in Iran it’s a different story. Children would wake up in the morning; instead of going to school they would go to a factory to find work. In the evening they would go on to the streets to sell flowers and chewing gum. Finally when they get back home they probably haven’t made enough money to buy anything. This is because things are so expensive relative to what they can earn. And of course the biggest nightmare for a child in Iran is the public hanging scenes. When we hear these things, we know that we must carry on and every single bit of help from you supports us and gives us energy to carry on the cause.

Geoff Hill
My involvement with International Liberty Association

I’ve come to know many ILA folk over the years: lawyers; teachers; a gifted (and hilarious) cook; a tailor-designer with a passion for “the American songbook”; IT freaks; a soldier who refused to order his men to turn their guns on unarmed civilians; a young man who sacrificed his looks and nearly his life for the cause.

Geoff Hill
My involvement with International Liberty Association

I’ve come to know many ILA folk over the years: lawyers; teachers; a gifted (and hilarious) cook; a tailor-designer with a passion for “the American songbook”; IT freaks; a soldier who refused to order his men to turn their guns on unarmed civilians; a young man who sacrificed his looks and nearly his life for the cause.

As for the women, they’re as various as their men. Their feminist agenda – and the men agree – is the quiet but powerful motor behind the movement. The devout cover their heads in public, others observe the tradition “as and when”, yet others are as chic as any Parisians. If anyone there “had their own views” I saw no sign of it.

And why should I? So many of the women have endured abuse, imprisonment, torture, even rape for being “inappropriately attired”. They all admire our freedom. It’s what they want for themselves. There are many worthwhile causes in the world but to oppose the brain paralysis of fascism – not to mention its hysteria, sadism and curious death wish – seems to me especially urgent.

Maryam Madjidi
I am proud to support International Liberty Association

I am 19 years old now. I came to the UK as a refugee 16 years ago with my parents. We were being persecuted in Iran and life was very difficult for children of dissidents. I became involved with the cause of ILA from early age since my parents spend a lot of time volunteering for the association.

Maryam Madjidi
I am proud to support International Liberty Association

I am 19 years old now. I came to the UK as a refugee 16 years ago with my parents. We were being persecuted in Iran and life was very difficult for children of dissidents. I became involved with the cause of ILA from early age since my parents spend a lot of time volunteering for the association.

I want to say that I am proud to support International Liberty Association and spend most of my free time volunteering for it. I am filled with enthusiasm when I see supporters at the events. It makes me feel what I am doing is worthwhile.

Omid Ebrahimi
I will continue supporting it until human rights prevail

I am 18 years old and a student living and studying in the UK. I have been a volunteer working closely with the ILA for over 5 years.

I am also part of the Youth Association in London. As a youth I find it horrifying when I hear news about youths as young as me being arrested, tortured and killed daily by the barbaric regime of Iran.

Omid Ebrahimi
I will continue supporting it until human rights prevail

I am 18 years old and a student living and studying in the UK. I have been a volunteer working closely with the ILA for over 5 years.

I am also part of the Youth Association in London. As a youth I find it horrifying when I hear news about youths as young as me being arrested, tortured and killed daily by the barbaric regime of Iran.

It is for this reason that I see my volunteering for the association very important. And will continue supporting it until freedom and human rights prevail in our homeland.