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Association for the Promotion of Open Society (APOS)

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Association for the Promotion of Open Society (APOS)
Logo non-profit organization Association for the Promotion of Open Society (APOS)
AbbreviationAPOS Iran
PurposeTolerance, Freedom, Democracy
  • Germany
Area served
MENA, Iran
Official languages
Persian, English, German

The “Association for the Promotion of Open Society” (APOS) (Persian: موسسه ترویج جامعه باز‎) was established as a non-profit organization in 2015 in Germany. The fundamental aims of the association are expanding and strengthening the culture of tolerance, freedom, democracy, developing human rights, strengthening civil society and empowering Iranian people and immigrants especially in Germany. The APOS is mainly working about political, social and cultural changes in Iran.[1]

The APOS is also interested about the integration process of migrants and Iranian diaspora in Germany.

The APOS has also participated in various events. For example, the meeting on the side-lines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) with „Brian Hook “[2] and his executive team on developments in Iran or meeting of members of the institute with representatives of US embassy in Berlin about Iran’s issues are some of the events that APOS attended.[3][4]

The members of the association have also interviewed with various media such as Radio Farda,[5] VOA, [6] the Independent Farsi, BBC Persian and Deutsche Welle. [7]

Mission Statement of APOS[edit]

First, seek to establish and strengthen relations with intellectuals, especially those from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, with a particular focus on Iranian issues.

Second, examine indicators such as “quality of governance” in the Islamic Republic of Iran, money laundering and corruption in various fields to promote public knowledge in these cases as well as to explain the benefits of free and democratic society to public opinion.

Finally, try to increase specialized knowledge in areas such as promoting democratic dialogue, peace, security, and increasing citizen self-awareness.

The projects of APOS[edit]

Corruption Watch[edit]

Since 2017 until now, the APOS is conducting a project about corruption in Iran, funded by National Endowment for Democracy (NED).[8] In this project, we produced more than 80 short videos as well as few hundred infographics and thousands of people are following the APOS in different social media, such as Telegram, [9] Instagram, [10] Facebook, Twitter.[11] and LinkedIn [12] The focus points of this project are the quality of governance in Iran based on good governance indicators, roots of corruption and fact checking. Some of our products are in both Persian and English version.

Covid-19 Project[edit]

Recently (June 2020) the APOS has received a fund from one of the most well-known organizations in Germany, called Robert Bosch Stiftung.[13] This project aims to increase the awareness of Farsi speaking people in Germany about Corona. The APOS is publishing infographics, informative videos and podcasts in Persian, English, German, Spanish and Arabic to cover more people in this project.[14]

Fact-checking Project[edit]

The Association for Promotion of Open Society (APOS) has focused, within this project, on fact checking and truth evaluation of news disseminated by the Islamic Republic. This project evaluates reports and news released by the IR’s officials on a variety of topics such as sanctions, social statistics, bureaucratic corruption and so on. The products of this project are made available to the public inside and outside of Iran in simple terms but the most precise and evidential manner.[15]

Voice of Iran Campaign[edit]

In September 2021, The Association for the Promotion of Open Society (APOS), in collaboration with two other nonprofits and a group of human rights activists, launched a campaign called "Voice of Iran"[16] to "reflect the voice of Iranians inside Iran" to policymakers and public opinion in Germany and to "condemn human rights abuses in Islamic Republic ". The campaign calls on the German government, as a democratic country, to take a clear stand on the Islamic Republic, not to cooperate with the government that violates human rights and promotes terrorism, and to stand by the Iranian people. In the first phase of the campaign, 300 public transport vehicles traveled for three months in four major German cities, including Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Cologne, with images of the victims of November 2019 protests and Ukrainian plane crash to "public opinion" in Germany to inform about the widespread repression and violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic. In the next steps, the campaign will use various tools to address the Medias and the "new German government" and raise the voice of the Iranian people to be asked instead of supporting an oppressive government that promotes terrorism and unrest in the region and the world support the will of the Iranian people to transition to a democratic state.

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