MARINA NEMAT Wins Geneva Human Rights Prize

GENEVA, May 14 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch announced today that it will be awarding its prestigious annual human rights prize next week to Iranian dissident and best-selling author Marina Nemat, now living in Canada, who was jailed and tortured as a political prisoner in Tehran when was only 16 years old.

“UN Watch is honoring Marina Nemat for her brave and outstanding work worldwide in bearing witness to the horrific crimes perpetrated against her by a regime that continues to assault, jail, torture, rape and execute human rights defenders, religious, ethnic and sexual minorities, and thousands of other innocent men, women and children,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

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Marina Nemat

Power of Literature and Human Rights

Marina Nemat on the Power of Literature and Human Rights at the LSE in LONDON. March 2nd, a free event, open to the public.

“Literature has a unique capacity to touch the hearts and minds and engage readers in a way that is distinctly different from political or academic texts. Can it play a role in exposing human rights violations? Should literature be ‘engaged’, and should authors take political or social stands? “

 Please see more information on the conference website:  www2.lse.ac.uk

Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in April 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, “After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed”, which was published by Penguin Canada in 2010. Marina regularly speaks at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world and sits on the Board of Directors at CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture) and on advisory boards at ACAT (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) and PEN Canada. She also teaches memoir writing, in Farsi and in English, at the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and writes book reviews for the Globe and Mail.

Website: Marina Nemat

Book Project: Why people are exploitive of others’ suffering or pain?

{Co-writing with Dr. Amanda Williams}

02. Why people are exploitive of others’ suffering or pain?

Marina Nemat, a writer and torture survivor, Iran/Canada

Dr. Amanda Williams, Clinical Psychology, University College London, UK

 

{Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University of Luxembourg}