Episode 5: Freedom After Expression in Universities

In the fifth (and final) episode of Freedom After Expression, legal experts discuss the conditions of expression that university students and professors face in today’s Iran. In this episode, legal experts present a historic overview of the Cultural Revolution that followed the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and its implications on Iranian universities. In the end, they mention the case of a few students and academicians who were imprisoned for their activism, and analyze the specific legal and judicial aspects of these examples.

Mehrangiz Kar, Habib Farahzadi and Shohreh Sharifi
Mehrangiz Kar is an award-winning Iranian writer, scholar, attorney, and activist specializing in women's rights and family law.

Habib Farahzadi is a student activist and a law graduate from Tehran University. He is also a translator and a researcher. He was deprived from the university for three semesters, and was detained for a month due to his activism. His translations and writings have appeared in a number of publications available online. Subsequent to a jail sentence, he left Iran in 2012, and currently resides in the United States.

Shohreh Sharifi received her JD from Tehran University in 2012. Currently, she collaborates with a number of civil society institutions, focusing on human rights and technology.


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