Two elements in a powerful message from Iranian refugee (and  NZ MP) Golriz Ghahraman

Point of Order

Few regimes in the world are more despotic than the current rulers in Iran. Sadly, there is little sign yet that the Iranian population can be freed from it.

New Zealanders got a glimpse of the conditions under which Iranians are living when earlier this year two NZ travellers were detained by the regime, and were only freed after tense negotiations by NZ diplomats.

A deeper insight comes from Green MP Golriz Ghahraman who in an article that appeared in last week’s Guardian Weekly wrote that being an Iranian woman is a heavy birthright.

“It comes with knowing a true, deep, feminism,while also knowing violent oppression at the hand of the government ruling our homeland.

“And for millions of us, it means displacement”.

She goes on to relate how she and her parents were granted political asylum in Aotearoa New Zealand when she was 9 years old. “We were never…

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