Bio: Hadi Ghaemi
Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director
Hadi Ghaemi is an internationally recognized expert on Iran and human rights. In 2008, together with international human rights activists in the Netherlands, he founded the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), formerly the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. CHRI has since become a leading organization documenting human rights violations in Iran and building international coalitions to support human rights.
Previously, Ghaemi worked with Human Rights Watch, joining the organization in 2004 as the Iran and United Arab Emirates researcher. His work at Human Rights Watch focused international attention on the plight of migrant workers in Dubai, as well as the repression of civil society in Iran. After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, he was a member of the first UN-commissioned human rights fact-finding mission to Afghanistan. Between 2001 and 2004, he worked with NGOs focusing on Afghanistan and Iraq.
Born in Iran, Ghaemi came to the United States in 1983 as a student and received his doctorate in physics from Boston University in 1994. He was a professor of physics at City University of New York until 2000. His groundbreaking research in nanophysics has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature, and he holds four patents in this field.
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Providing Analysis of a Closed, Secretive Country in Crisis
A Physicist-Turned-Activist is Standing Up to Iran’s Authorities
TV Interviews and Commentary (Selected Archive):
VIDEO, CNN – ‘These are lynching committees’: Human rights activist reacts to Iran executions
VIDEO, CBS News – Iranians see widespread internet blackout amid mass protests over woman’s death
VIDEO, Meet the Press, NBC – Protests in Iran Continue
VIDEO, CNN – Interview with Christiane Amanpour: Iranian Art in the Shadow of a Crackdown
VIDEO, NBC – Human rights expert: ‘There is a serious crisis of legitimacy’ for Iranian government
VIDEO, CBC – Interview: Iran Plane Crash Political Fallout: Protesters Face Deadly Force,
France 24 – More Iranians at imminent risk of execution: rights groups
BBC – Elnaz Rekabi: Crowd greet Iranian climber who broke hijab rule on return
New York Times – What Does Disbanding the Morality Police Mean for Iran?
CNN – Iran’s morality police have terrorized women for decades. Who are they?
Washington Post – Iran protesters released from prison wrestle with fear and trauma
Radio, PRI’s The World – Iranians investigate the poisoning of schoolgirls
Foreign Policy – Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record
NBC – Trump’s Refusal to Relax Iran Sanctions in the Era of COVID-19 Threatens Everyone
Washington Post – Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers
New York Times – The Human Rights Case Against Attacking Iran,
New York Times – For Iran, the Man Is the Message
Wall Street Journal – Broadcasting Tehran’s Repression