ACTIVISM SUMMIT / Festival / Talks and Readings / 09-09 December 2022

WRITE FOR RIGHTS EVENT PANEL DISCUSSION: Protest: the site of resistance and human rights change!

Tickets: Free, Ticketed

 

This event is part of PROJECT PROTECT PROTEST, a weeklong act-in for future protest at Project Arts Centre. Check out the full programme here.

The event will start at 6:30pm, so come early to get a seat!

Show Time: 6:30-8:30pm

All over the world the right to protest is under attack. But protesters still resist oppression and defend human rights.

In Iran, women, men and children are resisting day and night but are met with fierce violence as they demand, ‘Women, life, freedom’. The Iranian authorities have killed over 300 people, including 41 children since protests began on 16 September.  We believe the true figure is higher, and are continuing to investigate.  

But protest has long been quashed in Iran and many peaceful protesters have been imprisoned in Iran in recent years, such as Vahid Afkari, whose case is featured in Amnesty’s  global Write for Rights campaign this year. He has been sentenced to 33 years and nine months’ imprisonment. 

With Nassim Papayianni, Amnesty International Iran campaigner and Dr Roja Fazaeli we will discuss how we can help this movement and express global solidarity with Vahid Afkari and other courageous protesters in Iran.  

In Zimbabwe, the authorities are increasingly hostile towards people who protest and express dissenting views. Political activists Cecillia Chimbiri, Joanah Mamombe and Netsai Marova, also featured in the campaign, were arrested for leading an anti-government protest. They were forcibly disappeared while in police custody. During their abduction, they were tortured, including through sexual violence. 

We are joined by Chenayi Mutambasere, their fellow ally and activist, who has been advocating for Cecilia, Joanah and Netsai from the moment they were taken by the police to date. 

Chenayi Mutambasere is a development economist, human rights activist, author and more recently a film producer. Chenayi has been advocating for activists in Zimbabwe since 2015 when she started campaigning after the disappearance of Itai Dzamara. From 13 May 2020 she has been advocating for Joanah, Cecilia and Netsai from the moment they were taken by the police to date.

Nassim Papayianni is a senior campaigner on Iran at Amnesty International. She joined Amnesty International in 2011 campaigning and researching on a wide range of human rights issues in Iran, such as freedom of expression, association, and assembly; the death penalty; due process; and discrimination. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Nassim Papayianni worked as a lawyer practicing US immigration law in the UK and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Accessibility

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Biographies

Nassim Papayianni is a senior campaigner on Iran at Amnesty International. She joined Amnesty International in 2011 campaigning and researching on a wide range of human rights issues in Iran, such as freedom of expression, association, and assembly; the death penalty; due process; and discrimination. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Nassim Papayianni worked as a lawyer practicing US immigration law in the UK and is a member of the State Bar of California

Chenayi Mutambasere is a development economist, human rights activist, author and more recently a film producer. Chenayi has been advocating for activists in Zimbabwe since 2015 when she started campaigning after the disappearance of Itai Dzamara. From 13 May 2020 she has been advocating for Joanah, Cecilia and Netsai from the moment they were taken by the police to date.

Funding

Our work is funded solely by the individual contributions of our members. Become a Member – Amnesty International Ireland

Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

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