Maryam Nayeb Yazdi
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Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is the editor in chief of Persian2English.com, a blog which aims to expose Iran’s violations of human rights to the international audience. She is also a human rights defender based in Toronto, Canada whose main focus is on the death penalty in Iran.

Entries by Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Iranian Student Wins 2013 Student Peace Prize

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:01 PM

On Friday, Majid Tavakoli, an Iranian university student activist will receive the 2013 Student Peace Prize award in absentia during an official award ceremony in his honor. Sadly, Majid won't be able to attend because he's locked up behind bars in Iran. The ceremony, which begins...

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This Man is in Exile for 10 Years...For That?

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Today marks Zia Nabavi's 29th birthday. This is the fourth consecutive birthday the university student activist is spending in prison. He was arrested at a relative's house on June 15, 2009, following his participation in a peaceful post-election protest. He's been trapped in prison since then.

Zia...

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How Iran's Student Movement Has Shaped Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:08 PM

On this day in 2009 I and a few other online activists worked an intense and thrilling 16 hours to publish live updates on Persian2English about mass opposition student protests in Iran. It was National Student Day, or as the Iranians call it, 16 Azar. This year the...

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Tweeting up a Storm to Fight Injustice in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning lawyer held unlawfully in Evin Prison since 2010, is on her third day of hunger strike. To show their solidarity with this incredible woman, human rights and online activists have organized a "Tweet Storm" which begins Friday, October 19 at 1 p.m. EST. The...

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Help a Mother Save Her Son From Execution in Iran

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Beygom Yadi Jamaloei is a 70-year-old mother who wrote an open letter four months ago pleading with the world to help prevent the illegal execution of her son, Gholamreza Khosravi.

An excerpt of her letter translated to English reads: "Since my husband died five years ago, Gholamreza is my...

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A Translator's Slip-Up Cost a Young Girl Her Life

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 8:43 AM

On Thursday morning over Skype, Babak, a human rights activist who had fled Iran and is currently in Turkey waiting on a UN decision on his asylum status, asked me for help: "Something horrible has happened to a Baha'i family in Kayseri, the same city I'm situated in. May you...

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Letter From a Prisoner in Iran

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 4:59 PM

Today is Bahareh Hedayat's 31st birthday and the fourth wedding anniversary with her activist husband Amin Ahmadian. Unfortunately, the two are separated because Iranian regime agents arrested Hedayat in December 2009, three days following a mass two-day opposition protest in the country. She has been locked up in...

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A "Celebration" in Iran Means Avoiding Arrest - and Death

(11) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 5:41 PM

I want to share a secret with you: The western world leads a more Islamic lifestyle than countries like the [un-]Islamic Republic of Iran. The reason is quite simple. There are only two rights in the religion of Islam: God's rights (i.e. Haghollah) and the people's rights (i.e. Hagholnas). Western...

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