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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Select Articles and Media Appearances of Note (English):
Panel Discussion: Iran’s Human Rights Situation, Atlantic Council
Op-Ed: Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers, Washington Post
Live Interview: Wave of Arrests Following Nuclear Deal, Al Jazeera America
PROFILE: A Physicist-Turned-Activist is Standing Up to Iran’s Authorities, Boston University
Op-Ed: The Human Rights Case Against Attacking Iran, Shirin Ebadi and Hadi Ghaemi, New York Times
Op-Ed: For Iran, the Man Is the Message, Hadi Ghaemi, New York Times
Op-Ed: Broadcasting Tehran’s Repression, Wall Street Journal
Briefing: The Islamic Judiciary, Iran Primer, United States Institute of Peace