Last year when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran circulated mobile billboards protesting recent violence and human rights violations occurring in Iran as a continuation of the Green Movement.
The mobile billboards circulated midtown Manhattan to focus the attention of the diplomatic community on the human rights crisis in Iran. The Campaign, together with Human Rights Watch, urged the General Assembly to take resolute action by appointing a special envoy.
The outrage against Iran began in 2009 when Ahmadinejad claimed victory before all the votes were counted in his reelection bid. The act spurred a wave of protests in the streets. Thousands were arrested and dozens were killed.
Iran tried to ban all non-governmental sanctioned information from getting out, but Ahmadinejad’s opposition, known collectively as the Green Movement, defiantly pelted the Internet with updates via blogs and social networks.
As previously seen in Graphis, the Green Movement implemented more than 150 notable graphic designers to produce posters rooted in the movement’s “Where Is My Vote?” campaign. Now, the mobile billboards are the next step to raise awareness of the violence seen in Iran.