Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is a human rights activist, consultant, and writer, using her pen to fight for a free Iran. In 2009 she founded Persian2English.com, 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.