Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is a human rights activist, consultant, and writer, using her pen to fight for a free Iran. In 2009 she founded, an acclaimed translation blog bringing human rights violations in Iran to an international audience. She also co-founded the Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative, and in 2013, was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements.

Ms. Yazdi’s work and reports published by Persian2English have been cited and promoted by CNN, CTV, CBC, the LA Times, and The Guardian, among others. She  has played a leading role in the Iranian online freedom movement following the 2009 presidential election in Iran, participating in and leading numerous human rights initiatives and social media projects, including live blogging street protests and co-ordinating ‘Tweet Storms’.

Ms. Yazdi has co-founded numerous campaigns calling for the release of political prisoners in Iran, including a global campaign for Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour.



Iran: The 2018 Protests with Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Human rights activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, founder of, a website documenting Iranian human rights violations and co-founder of Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative, prepares to address the 10th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On the recent protests in Iran: