Sharmin Meymandi Nejad
Sharmin Meymandi Nejad is a human rights defender, a prolific writer, winner of national literary prizes and the founder of IAPSRS. On 21 June 2020, the human rights defender was arrested together with two other board members of IAPSRS. He remained detained for four consecutive months, one of which was spent in solitary confinement while access to medical care was denied. The human rights defender has also been carrying out in-person workshops with a creative and theatrical approach for children in deprived neighbourhoods, which has reportedly brought on charges of “encouraging immorality and/or prostitution” against him.