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Marina Nemat: In/visible Scars of Torture

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 19:00

    Marina Nemat: In/visible Scars of Torture

    Please join the Amnesty International Edmonton chapter as we present one of this year's International Week Keynote speakers, Marina Nemat, who will be sharing her remarkable story of courage and how she managed to transform herself from victim to survivor to activist.


    Marina was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen. Her “crime”: complaining when the math and history lessons in her school were replaced by Koran instruction and political propaganda. She spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution.

    A vocal advocate of human rights, Marina came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir, "Prisoner of Tehran", was published in 2007 and her second book, "After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed", in 2010. She has received multiple awards for her work, including the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament and the Morris Abram Human Rights Award from UN Watch. She speaks regularly about human rights in high schools, universities, and conferences around the world and is passionate in her call for Canada to do everything possible to put an end to torture.

    The event is free and everyone is welcome. We are currently looking into having copies of Marina's books for sale at the event. Marina is also featured in the Amnesty International photo exhibition In/visible Scars about torture survivors, currently on display at the Stanley Milner Library:

    Amnesty International Edmonton would like to thank University of Alberta International - Global Education for helping bring Marina for I-Week 2016.

    Please note that there will be no meeting of the Amnesty International Edmonton Chapter in January. The next meeting will be in February 23.

    More information on the event with Marina Nemat please visit:

    Marina Nemat:
    International Week 2016:

    Free admission
    Edmonton Clinic Health Academy L1-490
    11405 87 Ave NW University of Alberta
    T6G 1C9 Edmonton, Alberta