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Shabnam Moinipour

Dr. Shabnam Moinipour has a Ph.D. in human rights and media communications and an MA in theory and practice of human rights. Her research focuses on human rights and is interdisciplinary in nature.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Human rights, media communications, research methods, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, Iran, religious minorities

Personal Interests

    Human rights, media communications, research methods, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, Iran, economics, minorities


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Religion & Human Rights

Moral Panic and Power: The Means of Legitimisation of Religious Intolerance & Human Rights Violation against the Bahá’ís in Iran

Published: Aug 08, 2018 by Religion & Human Rights
Authors: Shabnam Moinipour
Subjects: Mass Communications, Religion, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology & Social Policy, Middle East Studies, Area Studies, Communications Studies

The Islamic Republic has actively pursued the policy of Bahá’í persecution. This paper focuses on one aspect of the tactics used by the Iranian regime to violate the human rights of the Bahá’í community in Iran. To do so, moral panic theory and Foucault’s power discourse have been used to offer an analysis of the Bahá’í persecutions as an underlying feature of Iran’s domestic policy of othering, religious intolerance and Shi’a supremacy.

Cogent Social Sciences

UN treaty-based bodies and the Islamic Republic of Iran: Human rights dialogue (1990–2016)

Published: Feb 16, 2018 by Cogent Social Sciences
Authors: Shabnam Moinipour
Subjects: Political Science, Middle East Studies, Area Studies

Throughout the years, the Iranian delegation has met with relevant UN mechanisms to discuss human rights issues in Iran in relation to various instruments. What has transpired from the dialogues is a change of the use of language and position by the delegation in defence of the regime. The analysis demonstrates resistances, ambiguities and dichotomies in the responses of the delegation to accusations of human rights violations but also an adaptation of a human rights language over the years.

The International Journal of Human Rights

Refugees against refugees: the Iranian Migrants’ perception of the human rights of Afghans in Iran

Published: May 24, 2017 by The International Journal of Human Rights
Authors: Shabnam Moinipour
Subjects: Mass Communications, Middle East Studies, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Communications Studies, Research Methods

This article focuses on the recent Iranians migrants and their thoughts on human rights of Afghan refugees in Iran as portrayed on IRIB. An analysis of the data reveals discrimination of Iranian migrants against the Afghan refugees in Iran. These results are indicative of a larger human rights issue within Iran that goes beyond the state policies and regulations and shows a lack of knowledge of the human rights of refugees, on the part of the Iranian population.


Just published: Human Rights, Iranian Migrants, and State Media: From Media Portrayal to Civil Reality

By: Shabnam Moinipour
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies, Communications Studies, Law, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Middle East Studies, Other, Research Methods

This book offers a detailed analysis of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s approach towards human rights in the media. It looks at the state-owned and state-controlled Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), employing content analysis and multimodal critical discourse analysis to explore its underlying strategies in portraying the international rights norms. The book also features analysis of surveys and interviews of recent Iranian migrants to determine the extent to which the Iranian public is aware of human rights principles and their views on whether and how the international rights norms are portrayed on IRIB.