Islamic Human Rights Commission
Established in 1997, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK based NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 2007. Its website says it works with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds “to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional or political background”. The IHRC is considered supportive of the Iranian regime, and for many years have been central to organizing the events of the annual International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime. The IHRC’s chairman is Massoud Shadjareh, who is close to the anti-Israel website inminds.com and served as a director in the now inactive Muslim Channel; his wife Arzu Merali is a co-founder, writer and researcher at the IHRC. Another Muslim Channel director, Shabbir Hassanaly, a scholar and web developer, is said by the UK Times to have been “one of a number of individuals and organisations in the UK…whose views and activities are closely aligned to the religious ideology of the Iranian government”. He developed applications to other pro-Iranian outfits like the Iranian TV channel Press TV and AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM). In October 2019, the Times reported that since 2013, the IHRC has also been receiving donations through the UK taxpayer funded Gift Aid scheme for charitable organizations.