Memarian embodies the new breed of human rights defenders who are pushing the
boundaries of freedom of expression in
Memarian represents the generation of human rights defenders in
As a result of his public defense of human rights, Mr. Memarian was arrested with more than twenty other bloggers in October 2004. He was detained in solitary confinement, tortured repeatedly, and forced to make false confessions. Following protests from the international community, including Human Rights Watch, Mr. Memarian was released in December 2004. Human Rights Watch worked closely with his colleagues to campaign for his release.
Memarian has worked with Human Rights Watch to expose arbitrary detentions,
torture and mistreatment of prisoners in
reformist press was crushed, blogs have become one of the last remaining outlets
for free expression in
In recent years, Human Rights Watch has documented the Iranian government’s moves to silence Internet and blog communications. Human Rights Watch said that the Iranian government’s use of torture in detention has effectively destroyed the country’s independent media.
been an outspoken advocate of freedom of the press and democratic reforms even
after he was detained and tortured by security forces in the past year,” said
Ghaemi. “Human Rights Watch is honouring Omid to show solidarity with all the
writers and activists across the
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