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    Smile Nazanin Afshin Jam

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam (born 1979 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-Canadian and a former Miss World Canada. She migrated to Canada with her family in 1981. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and Political Science, and undertook scholarship studies at the prestigious Science Po in Paris and Herstmonceux Castle in England. After graduation she worked with the Red Cross.

    She is also an international model and actor and in 2003 she became Miss World Canada and joined in the Miss World contest in Sanya, China. She ranked second there, behind Rosanna Davison, Miss Ireland 2003.

    Nazanin is also a pilot and is licensed to fly both powered aircraft and gliders and has achieved the highest rank in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets -- Warrant Officer First Class. She is fluent in three languages: Persian, English and French, and also knows conversational Spanish.

    Nazanin is poised to have a stellar career in the music world. Incorporating a wide variety of global influences -- including "world beat", pop and dance music with lyrics in English, French, Persian and Spanish -- Nazanin is sure to make her mark on the local and international scenes.

    Her debut album is scheduled for release in early 2006 via Bodog Music.

    She is opposed to the death penalty being applied to 18-year-old namesake Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi, who has been sentenced to hang for stabbing one of three men who tried to rape her and her niece in Karaj in March 2005. [1] She started a campaign to help save the life of this minor including a petition which has attracted more than 190,000 signatures worldwide as of June 2006 over a three month period. - (# of signatures gathered to date). She has also dedicated her song "Someday the Revolution song" -one of the 12 songs on her album -Someday to Nazanin Fatehi and the other oppressed youth of Iran. "Hopefully I will get to send - or better yet hand deliver- the song to her.” said Nazanin Afshin-Jam in an interview.

    "Blessed with the voice of angels Nazanin whisks audiences away on a musical journey around the world with her debut CD “Someday” being released worldwide on Bodog Music. Bringing fresh phonic fusion to the forefront she combines a variety of rhythms, beats and melodies from all corners of the globe. Nazanin’s international upbringing and rich history fuel her music, as is evident in her multilingual release. She sings in English, French, Persian and Spanish. This genre-spanning song selection could be classified in many categories with prevalence in: Pop, Dance and World Beat. With music as sexy and sultry as her “Someday”, it is sure to be a success.

    Nazanin has charted a new entry (No. 20) in the Music Week - Commercial Pop Top 30 Club Chart with her debut single, "I Dance 4 U". The music video for the song has also been released .





    Music Video Clip By Her .

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    cheghadr irani az canada miss world mishanaa




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    Quote Originally Posted by aliamer3425
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    Oh Yeah .




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    NAZANIN AFSHIN-JAMS WINS

    Former Miss Canada, Miss World runner-up and Pop singer Nazanin Afshin-Jam will be receiving the 'Hero Award for Human Rights' and delivering a speech this Friday August 25th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The award to be presented to Nazanin by Anne Archer and Jenna Elfman will be followed by Artists for Human Rights Concert, an outdoor event open to public in Union Square Park (14th & Broadway) from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

    Ms. Afshin-Jam is being recognized by Artists for Human Rights (AFHR) in co-operation with Youth for Human Rights International and the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance for the campaign she initiated to help save the life of 17 year old Nazanin Fatehi in Iran who was sentenced to death by hanging for having defended herself and her 16 year old niece from three men who attempted to rape them. Nazanin Afshin-Jam has managed to collect over 200,000 signatures on the petition she started 5 months ago. Ms. Afshin-Jam has lobbied and received support from the UN, EU and Canadian Parliament. Ms. Afshin-Jam has appeared on the cover of the Globe and Mail and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CBC and other international news agencies around the globe spreading awareness on the case of Nazanin Fatehi and the plight of women in Iran. She has created www.helpnazanin.com to keep the public up to date with the campaign. She has also dedicated her song 'Someday' to her namesake and the other oppressed youth of Iran.

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam encourages everyone who has not yet signed the petition to do so immediately as Nazanin Fatehi's retrial will be next week.

    Save Nazanin Campaign: www.helpnazanin.com Nazanin Afshin-Jam's official website www.nazanin.ca





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    ha she is cute, best luck to her

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    Quote Originally Posted by abadani69 View Post
    ha she is cute, best luck to her

    Hal mikoniha




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    A former Miss Canada says time is running out to save a young Iranian woman sentenced to death by hanging.


    Nazanin Afshin-Jam is trying to help a 19-year-old woman who happens to share her first name, Nazanin Fatehi.


    "She's young, she was defending herself. She's not a criminal, she's the victim," Afshin-Jam told CTV News.

    Fatehi was sentenced to death in an Iranian court a year ago, after admitting to stabbing to death one of three men who tried to rape her and a 16-year-old relative. Fatehi was 17 at the time.


    In June, her death sentence was stayed and a new trial ordered. The second trial is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.


    According to the Iranian daily newspaper Etemaad, Fatehi and her niece were in a park outside Tehran with their boyfriends when they were approached by three men. The boys fled after the men pushed the girls to the ground. Fatehi drew a knife and stabbed one man in the arm and another in the chest, killing him.


    "I say to myself, if I was still in Iran that could have been me," said Afshin-Jam.


    Under Iran's strict laws on chastity, if Fatehi had allowed the men to rape her and her niece, the girls would have been subjected to 100 lashes.


    If they had been married at the time they were raped they would likely have been found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.


    Self-defence is a valid defence for murder in Iran, but it depends largely on the circumstances. For example, the fact that Fatehi and her niece were in a park in the evening could have affected her defence.


    "Under Shariah law, the life of a woman is worth half that of a man and therefore her testimony as well in court," explained Afshin-Jam.


    Afshin-Jam, who won the Miss Canada pageant in 2003 and was born in Iran, took up the cause last year.


    She has since become the figurehead of what is now an international campaign to have Fatehi freed. The European Union has denounced the death sentence and Amnesty International is lobbying for Nazanin's release.


    "For some reason, when it comes to human rights cases it seems like they listen to me," she said.


    Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Charter of the Rights of the Child, which prohibit the execution of anyone under 18. Yet, Amnesty International has recorded 18 executions of child offenders in Iran since 1990.


    Afshin-Jam set up a trust that has enabled Fatehi to have access to one of the best lawyers in the country and began a petition to present to the Iranian government.


    "So far, we have over 260,000 signatures. And in the last few days, it's jumping quite a bit because of the momentum. People know that there's less than 24 hours now to get this story out," she said.


    It remains to be seen whether all the international attention will influence the court in Iran, but in the past, the judiciary has bowed to pressure. In 1997, a woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for shooting a police officer who allegedly tried to rape her was later released.


    Afshin-Jam says she's not able to speculate on whether her campaign is working, "but based on past cases we've seen, with enough international pressure these cases of executions are stayed and the woman is often released."


    Afshin-Jam is encouraging Canadian to go to her website, HelpNazanin.com and sign the petition and fax personal letters to Iranian officials, "to put pressure on them to do the right thing on January 10th."




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    حتما نازنين افشين جم رو راجع بهش شنيديد، دختری که چند سال پيش ، دختر شايسته کانادا شد. نازنين فعاليتهای حقوق بشری می کنه و کار موزيک هم می کنه، برای همين نازنين خودمون باهاش يه مصاحبه ای کرده.
    تو اين مصاحبه نازنين جاويد با نازنين افشين جم صحبت می کنه و در باره نازنين فاتحی حرف می زنن!!

    نازنین جان، از خودت برامون بگو.

    نازنین افشین جم: من تو ايران به دنيا اومدم ووقتی انقلاب شد يک ساله بودم که اول به اروپا رفتيم و بعد به کانادا مهاجرت کرديم. در رشته علوم سياسی و روابط بين الملل درس خوندم. همه زندگی ام دلم می خواست به آدمها کمک کنم.

    چطور شد که پات به مسايل مربوط به حقوق بشر کشيده شد؟

    من هميشه حقوق بشر در قلبم مهم بود. وقتی ۱۶ سال بود در مدرسه ام يک کلاب درست کردم درباره مسايل جهانی ،مسايل روز، فکر می کردم خوبه که بچه های مدرسه از مسايلی که دور دنيا می گذره آگاه باشند. در دانشگاه با صليب سرخ کار می کردم. همون موقع به مدرسه های مختلف می رفتم وراجع به حقوق بشر سخنرانی می کردم. بعد که ماجرای نازنين فاتحی را شنيدم به عنوان دختر شايسته کانادا فکر کردم که صدام رو به گوش مردم برسانم درباره حقوق بشر و فکر کردم که اين ماجرا ميتونه به من کمک کنه.


    نازنین فاتحی

    حالا که می دونيم نازنين از مجازات اعدام نجات پيدا کرده آيا هنوز هم درگير هستی با اين مسئله محاکمه اش؟

    بله هنوز اين سئوال پول خون بها هست. گفتن که مجازات نمی شه، اما بايد پول خونبها رو بده اما وکيل های نازنين می گن که اوگناهکار نيست و بنابراين نبايد اين پول رو پرداخت کنه. من هم همين فکر رو می کنم بنابراين داريم سعی می کنيم که اين پول رو جمع بکنيم که نازنين فاتحی آزاد بشه، الان می خواهيم وثيقه بذاريم حدود ۴۰۰ ميليون ريال که نازنين آزاد بشه و به خانواده اش برگرده.

    حالا ماجرای نازنين فاتحی رو رها می کنيم وبه سراغ نازنين افشين جم می ريم. از خودت بيشتر بگو، چه کارها می کنی، شنيديم که کار موسيقی هم می کنی در مورد آلبومت برای ما بگو؟

    آلبومم بايد يک سال پيش می آمد بيرون اما به دليل اين ماجرای مربوط به نازنين فاتحی مشغول بودم و روی آلبومم کار نکردم. اما در ماه آوريل اين آلبوم با نام someday يا يک روزی بيرون مياد.

    سابقه موسيقی ات چيه اصلا از کجا اين کار را ياد گرفتی؟

    من از تو خونه. چون از بچگی مامان من موزيک همه جای دنيا رو تو خونه پخش می کرد. مثلا از فرانسه، يا ايران و يا لبنان وهمه جا موزيک داشت و من خيلی گوش می دادم. يادم می ياد اينقدر موزيک پخش می کرد که خواهرم از خونه بيرون ميرفت و ميگفت که ديگه حوصله ندارم موزيک گوش کنم. اما من بعد از اينکه دختر شايسته شدم تصميم گرفتم که صدام رو بلندتربه گوش همه برسونم. ودرمورد بی عدالتی حرف بزنم. برای همين خوانندگی رو انتخاب کردم و حالا بايد ديد که مردم هم دوست دارند موزيک من رو.


    نازنین افشین جم

    شعر ها و آهنگهات رو خودت می سازی يا ديگران تهيه می کنند؟

    من شعرهام روخودم می نويسم و آهنگها رو به کمک شوهر خواهرم، ريکو باهم می سازيم.

    فارسی رو کجا يادگرفتی اگه يک سالت بوده از ايران بيرون اومدی؟

    همه می فهمن که من از يک سالگی بيرون اومدم ازايران( خنده) ، ما تو خونه زياد فارسی حرف نمی زنيم و اين تقصير مادر و پدرمن هست که زياد فارسی حرف نمی زنن توخونه.

    نوشتن وخوندن چی؟

    خوندن و نوشتن هم نمی تونم ولی اميدوارم به کلاس برم ياد بگيرم ، چون خيلی مهمه که فرهنگمون رو نگه داشته باشيم، ومن به اميد خدا،اگه يک روزی بچه دار بشم، حتما می ذارم مدرسه ايرانی که اگه يه روی يه مصاحبه اين طوری داشتن، بتونن فارسی حرف بزنن.

    راستی نازنين بگو واکنش جوانهای ايرانی نسبت به کارهات، چه درمورد حقوق بشر، چه آهنگهات ويا زمانی که دختر شايسته شدی چه واکنشی گرفتی ازشون؟

    جوونهای ايرانی به من ايميل زدند که باعث افتخار ايران شدم و نوشتن که بهشون اميد دادم که روياهاشون روعملی کنن و اين خيلی برای من مهم بود.

    من بايد به شنونده ها توضيح بدم که ساعت شش صبح به وقت تورنتوست که اين مصاحبه با نازنين انجام شده و ساعت چهار صبح هم يک مصاحبه ديگه داشته با يه راديويی در تورنتو. اين روزها خيلی سرش شلوغه ، توی بخش جهانی بی بی سی هم باهات مصاحبه کردند، بيشتر راجع به چی باهات صحبت می کنن ؟ راجع به نازنين فاتحی باهام صحبت می کنن؟

    بله به خصوص راجع به نازنين فاتحی چون که نجات پيدا کرد چون در دنيا همه خوشحال شدند وهمه جامثل بی بی سی و سی ان ان راجع به نازنين می پرسيديدند و ميخواستند بدونند چطور می توانند کمکش کنند.

    آيا دلت می خواد که به ايران بری؟

    الان فکر می کنم برای من خطرناک باشه شايد برم. اما آرزوی من اينه که به ايران برم و هموطنانم رو ببينم. به تخت جمشيد برم وهمه چيزهای خيلی خوب ايران را ببينم و می خواستم به همه کسانی که به نازنين فاتحی کمک کردند تبريک بگم وبگم که خيلی ممنون ، کاری که کردند خيلی تاثير داشت.

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    i saw her phone interview she had with Jacklin, on PEN tv
    she is trying to do a lot of positive and useful work
    i wish there were more people like Nazanin
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    Almost one year ago I started a petition to help save the life of 17-year-old Nazanin Fatehi in Iran who was sentenced to death by hanging after she stabbed one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 15-year-old niece. With 340 000 petition signatures from around the world and the help of the International Committee Against Execution we have engaged, Amnesty International, the UN, Canadian Parliament, the EU, and others, we have put pressure on the Iranian Officials to spare the life of this child.



    On June 1st 2006, the Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi announced a stay of execution and called for a complete new trial.



    This trial took place on January 10th, 2007. The five judges that reviewed her case determined that the act was unintentional and was indeed a case of self-defence. As a result, Nazanin was exonerated from the charge of murder, however the court also ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying to defend herself and her niece. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay $35,000 USD compensation 'diyeh' (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased before she can be released from prison.



    Nazanin's lawyers intend to appeal the payment of restitution but since this appeal may take several months, they have requested bail so that Nazanin may be released from prison immediately. The court has set bail in the amount of 400,000,000 Rials (approx US$45,000).



    At this point, because Nazanin's family is very poor and unable to make payment of the bail or blood money your generosity is urgently requested to secure Nazanin Fatehi's freedom as soon as possible.




    To make a donation in the Nazanin Fatehi Trust fund please go to the Donations page at www.helpnazanin.com



    $31,000 USD HAS BEEN RAISED,



    ONLY $14,000 USD TO GO!



    From her prison cell, Nazanin Fatehi wanted to thank everyone that has been working so tirelessly on her behalf and everyone who has signed the petition.



    Thank you,



    Nazanin Afshin-Jam & Team at www.HelpNazanin.com



    P.S. Please continue to spread the word about the plight of other women in similar circumstances such as Delara Darabi, Kobra Rahmanpour, Ashraf Kalhori, Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh and Malak Ghorbani and continue to pressure the Iranian Government to commute their death sentence and the discriminatory laws in the Iranian Penal code http://www.we-change.org/spip.php?article19


    This article was sent in by Nazanin Afshin-Jam.




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    The outcome of the retrial of 19 year old Mahabad Fatehi, known as Nazanin, as a result of which she no longer faces execution, highlights the urgent need for legal reform in Iran to prevent those accused of crimes committed before they are 18 being sentenced to death.

    On 14 January 2006, judges in a Tehran criminal court cleared Nazanin Fatehi of pre-meditated murder following a trial session held on 10 January, but ordered her to pay diyeh (blood money) to the family of the man she killed in self-defence in March 2005. She had been sentenced to death for murder in January 2006, but following international protests, including by a Canadian-Iranian beauty queen Nazanin Afshin-Jam, her death sentence was quashed by the Supreme Court in May 2006 and her case sent for retrial.


    In another case, musician Sina Paymard, who was convicted of murdering another youth when he was 16 and sentenced to death, has reportedly had a stay of execution ordered by the Head of the Judiciary. In September 2006, a few days after his 18th birthday, Sina Paymard was scheduled to be executed, but was granted a last minute reprieve at the gallows by the family of the victim, who were moved by his playing of the ney (a Middle Eastern flute), his last request. His execution was postponed for two months while it was referred to conciliation but the victim’s family demanded diyeh of 150 million toumans (over $US160,000) which Sina Paymard’s family was unable to pay and Sina Paymard remained at risk of execution. His lawyer also asked for a review of his case in November 2006, after submitting new evidence that the court had not properly considered evidence that Sina Paymard suffered from a mental disorder.



    At least 23 other child offenders reportedly remain on death row in Iran.



    As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Iran has undertaken not to execute anyone for an offence committed when they were under the age of 18. Nevertheless, Amnesty International has recorded 21 executions of child offenders in Iran since 1990. In 2006, Iran and Pakistan were the only countries in the world to continue to execute child offenders (although Pakistan enacted in 2000 the Juvenile Justice System Law which abolished the death penalty for people under 18 at the time of the crime in most parts of the country). The Kurdistan Human Rights Organization has reported that in late December 2006, 22-year-old Naser Batmani was hanged in Sanandaj Prison for a murder committed when he was under 18. It appears that the authorities are keeping child offenders sentenced to death in prison until they pass their 18th birthday before executing them.



    The Iranian authorities have been considering passing legislation to ban the use of the death penalty for offences committed under the age of 18 for several years. A bill establishing special courts for children and adolescents was reportedly passed by the Majles in the summer of 2006 but has not yet been approved by the Council of Guardians, which vets Iran’s legislation for conformity with Islamic principles.



    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors States’ compliance with the CRC, in January 2005 urged Iran immediately to stay all executions of people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18, and to abolish the use of the death penalty in such cases.



    Source Visit: http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=12276



    For more information, contact:

    Amnesty International - International Secretariat

    1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW, UK

    Tel: +44 20 7413 5500; Fax: +44 20 7413 5823

    Email: info@amnesty.org

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    Child executions violate international law

    [No] capital punishment... shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age
    Article 37(a) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child



    According to the United Nations, a child is a person under the age of 18. Despite the fact that the government of Iran has signed International Covenants that forbid them to execute anyone who has allegedly committed an offence before the age of 18, they continue to do so. Amnesty International has documented 21 executions of child offenders in Iran since 1990. In many cases, these minors have been imprisoned until the age of 18 and then executed. Currently, there are at least 25 minors on death row in Iran.
    Stop Child Executions Campaign is created to raise awareness about this issue, and more importantly to put an end to one of the most heinous manifestations of the death penalty -- its use against children. It is only through pressure on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, both internally in Iran and internationally that we can make a difference. Over the years we have witnessed child offenders being saved and even released from prison through international pressure as seen in the cases of Nazanin Fatehi and Afsaneh Norouzi.

    In order not to have to save one life at a time, please sign the petition and join our campaign to STOP CHILD EXECUTIONS once and for all.

    This website and our campaign are a work in progress. The more information we receive from the general public, individual lawyers working on these cases and from international organizations, the more we are able to update the website and to provide a stronger action plan. We also encourage and appreciate cooperation from the United Nations, Amnesty International, Government Officials, International Organizations and media in this humanitarian mission.

    Your donations can also greatly help the children on death row. You can sign up for our newsletter here.
    To volunteer your time and expertise or for suggestions please send us an email.


    Thank you for caring

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam
    Stop Child Executions Campaign

    The overwhelming international consensus that the death penalty should not apply to juvenile offenders stems from the recognition that young persons, because of their immaturity, may not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions and should therefore benefit from less severe sanctions than adults. More importantly, it reflects the firm belief that young persons are more susceptible to change, and thus have a greater potential for rehabilitation than adults.

    Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights




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    ايرانی الاصل بودن نازنين افشين جم او ذهن او را نسبت به مسائل ايران مشغول کرد ضمن اينکه وی توضيح می دهد اصولا از نوجوانی به فعاليت های بشر دوستانه علاقه مند شد.

    از جمله بازترين نمونه اين فعاليتها تلاش او برای نجات دختری بود در ايران به نام نازنين فاتحی.

    نامبرده به خاطر ارتکاب قتل در حين دفاع از خود در جريان تجاوز به عنف به اعدام محکوم شده بود اما خيلی ها عفو او توسط رئيس قوه قضائيه را مرهون رايزنی های گسترده نازنين افشين جم در خارج از کشور ارزيابی کردند.

    درباره اين گفته منتقدان که کمک او به نازنين فاتحی باعث نشد که نامبرده شرايط زندگی خود را عوض کند و چه بسا، به عقيده برخی ها، اين شرايط را تشديد هم کرد، نازنين افشين جم پاسخ می دهد که آنچه را در حد توانش بوده برای نجات جان يک انسان انجام داد هر چند عمق مشکلات جوانان و زنان ايران گاهی می تواند انسان را نسبت به ثمربخشی تلاشهايش نا اميد کند.


    گرايش نازنين افشين جم به فعاليتهای بشردوستانه در سليقه اش نسبت به مرد مورد نظر و ايده ال او نيز تاثير گذاشته است.

    آنجا که از او پرسيديم با توجه به اينکه زيبائيش می تواند گاهی زيادی حواس مردها را پرت کند، چه ويژگی را بيش از همه در يک مرد می پسندد؟ نازنين پاسخ داد که مرد مورد علاقه او مردی است با "قلبی بزرگ و مهربان".

    درباره موزيک ويديوی اخير او پرسيديم تحت عنوان "يک روزی"، با اين مضمون که يک روزی بالاخره در ايران انقلاب می شود با دکلمه پايانی نازنين که اين انقلاب، انقلابی است "پيشرو".

    از آنجائی که اين ويديو حاوی تصاويری از انقلاب اوکرائين و صحنه های درگيری های خيابانی مردم با حکومتهای خودکامه بود، اين بحث را با نازنين باز کرديم که آيا انقلابهای خيابانی، با توجه به فرجام انقلاب خود ايران و انقلاب اوکرائين، بهترين شيوه برای تغيير اوضاعی نامطلوب است.

    نازنين در خلال اين سوال و جواب ها از چنين انقلابی دفاع کرد و اظهار داشت که اوضاع موجود در ايران نميتواند پايدار باشد.






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    نه غزه نه لبنان جانم فدای ایران


    «در زندگی زخم*هايی هست که مثل خوره روح را آهسته در انزوا می*خورد و می*تراشد.»
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    Life saving beauty queen

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam is a woman possessed of radiant beauty and composure, but right now, the slight furrowing of her enviably arched brows tells you that something has upset her equilibrium.

    She has just emerged from a radio interview with the BBC's World Service and the questioning did not go to plan.

    "They wanted to know about my exercise regime and how much make-up I wear.

    They even asked me about the beauty pageants I had entered as a little girl, for goodness sake," she says, clearly irritated.

    Nazanin is a former Miss Canada who, four years ago, was first runner-up in the Miss World contest.

    Such questions may be bland, but surely they are also legitimate?

    "Oh, I'm not saying beauty is a dirty word, or that models shouldn't be valued for what they do," she explains.

    "It's just that I have done a lot in my life, and I hate to be seen as one-dimensional."

    It's a familiar cry. In fact, it's hard to think of any self-respecting beauty icon who does not also claim to do "good work" for children, animals, or some other deserving cause.

    Too often the efforts seem token – little more than a promotion vehicle for the celebrity. In Nazanin's case, however, the reverse is true.

    Her high profile as a model, actress and singer has always been a channel for her humanitarian work – work that has now proved life-saving for a woman on death row in Iran.

    Last year, the case of another woman called Nazanin caused an international Outcry, thanks to the efforts of her namesake.

    Born nine years apart in the same country, the lives of both women have taken very different paths.

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam, 28, was raised in Canada after her family fled the turmoil of the Iranian revolution when she was a baby.

    Nazanin Fatehi has spent all of her 19 years in Karaj, an impoverished suburb of Tehran.

    In 2005, while walking in a park, she was attacked by three men who attempted to rape her.

    In self-defence, she stabbed one of the men in the chest, killing him. In that split second her status shifted, under Iranian law, from victim to criminal. She was charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

    Nazanin Fatehi would almost certainly, by now, have been executed had it not been for a chance cyber-encounter and the tireless campaign waged by the other Nazanin.

    At home in Vancouver, Nazanin Afshin-Jam received an e-mail from Vincent Maunoury, a Paris-based human rights sympathiser.

    He had Googled "Nazanin" in an attempt to discover more about the plight of the persecuted teenager in Iran, and found the website of a Canadian beauty queen and pop singer.

    "He had tried to get coverage in Western newspapers and news programmes, and nobody had picked up on it.

    "So he e-mailed me on the off-chance that I might be able to help."

    Nazanin was initially wary, but several calls to Amnesty International verified the story. "As soon as I realised it was true, it affected me to my core. I knew I had to do something."

    She posted a petition on her website, which received more than 350,000 signatures.

    Meanwhile, as a Farsi speaker, she was able to work with Amnesty to secure a decent lawyer in Iran.

    She also travelled to Montreal, Los Angeles and the United Nations headquarters in New York, lobbying for diplomatic intervention.

    Her crusade to save her former compatriot focused on two issues.

    The first was that Nazanin Fatehi was innocent because she had stabbed her assailant to protect herself; the second was her age – just 17 at the time of the attack.

    Iran is a signatory to a UN charter that forbids the death penalty being passed on anyone under 18.

    It has often violated this agreement, but in June 2006, four months after the launch of the "Help Nazanin" campaign, the pressure mounted and the Iranian head of judiciary announced a stay of execution.

    In January this year, following a retrial, Nazanin Fatehi was exonerated of all murder charges and released.

    Hours after she walked free, the two women spoke on the phone.

    "She was crying, and I was shaking so much I could hardly hold the phone.

    "She said she would never be able to thank me enough and I told her that it was the happiest day of my life," says Nazanin.

    They have spoken many times since, but so far, they have not met. "It would not be safe for me to travel to Iran, so our only hope is that we can fly her to Canada.

    "We're working on it because to hold her in my arms would be my dream."

    Nazanin may never be able to visit her homeland, but she is passionate about helping those who live there, and when you learn a little of her background, you understand why.

    In 1979, at the time of the Ayatollah Khomeini uprising in Iran, Nazanin's father was manager of the Sheraton hotel in Tehran.

    "As he served alcohol, played music and allowed men and women to mix, the new regime imprisoned him, tortured him and was going to kill him," she explains.

    With the help of family contacts, he fled to Spain – where his wife joined him with their daughters, Naz, then five, and baby Nazanin – and then to Vancouver.

    "My parents had had a comfortable life in Iran, but everything had to be left behind, and they started from scratch," Nazanin recalls.

    Her father became a hotel manager once more, her mother became a successful artist, and they moved to an affluent neighbourhood. Nazanin was around 11 when she first noticed the scars on her father's back.

    £He explained how he had been beaten and whipped and how they had shaved his head to humiliate him while he was in prison.

    £He carries a lot of bitterness about what happened and shares his stories with me, but to this day, my mother cannot talk about it. Just remembering it brings tears to her eyes."

    Subconsciously, the sight of those laceration marks awakened a humanitarian awareness in Nazanin.

    At school, she started a global issues club
    to raise the profile of poverty in Africa and political unrest in East Timor.

    She became, she concedes now, a sensitive and intensely serious teenager.

    "I was classed as an overachiever. I never went out and partied.

    "I couldn't bear to fritter away my time. My sister used to say: “Don't forget to have fun.” And I would say: “How can I have fun when the world is falling to pieces?”

    "Because of what happened to my family, I was aware that we had so many opportunities that those back in Iran didn't have."

    At university, in British Columbia, she read political science and international relations, but by then she had also discovered that her exotic looks offered her the chance of a parallel life.

    "People often told me I was beautiful. I went to a few acting and modelling agencies and they started booking me for jobs."

    She appeared in TV and magazine advertisements and found her more frivolous side.

    "I liked the transformation. You go into a studio as yourself and become anyone from Marilyn Monroe to Cher.

    "It felt like a game – and it was quick cash." Nazanin was never in any doubt, however, about her future career.

    "The modelling was fun, but it was never going to be fulfilling enough for me."

    After graduating, she became a "global youth educator" for the Red Cross – lecturing students at schools on issues such as land mines and demonstrating practical ways in which they could help.

    It was rewarding work, "but the problem was, I was only reaching 30 people at a time".

    She wanted to make a bigger impact and figured that, "no one seemed to listen to politicians, they were much more attentive to celebrities, so I needed to get a profile for myself".

    It was Nazanin's sister who suggested the Miss Canada contest.

    "I researched it online and it looked respectable enough, so I had nothing to lose," says Nazanin.

    When she won, she found herself, within a fortnight, flying to China for the Miss World final.

    "There were girls there with hair and nail extensions and augmentations – I felt totally unprepared." In fact, her natural stance played in her favour.

    As first runner-up (Miss Ireland won), Nazanin had found her platform. During her year-long tenure, she was invited to speak at Oxford and Cambridge and travelled to Australia and Ethiopia to help raise awareness of women's health issues.

    Her singing career evolved spontaneously, rather than from a burning ambition.

    She played piano and guitar, and at home in Canada, she jammed with her brother-in-law, Peter Karroll, a professional musician.

    When she returned from her Miss World travels, they wrote songs together and after a few months had the basis of an album.

    "It's the way things seem to unfold in my life.

    "When it gets hard, I accept that it was not meant to be. When it happens easily, I know that it's right," says Nazanin.

    Peter helped her secure a recording contract, although the album release was held up by her Nazanin Fatehi campaign.

    Nazanin is clearly a committed campaigner, and the title track of her album Someday is based on her hope that there will one day be peace in Iran.

    Lyrics of other ballads, however, do hint at a personal life beyond.

    She tells me about one track called "Forever", which is dedicated to Maxime, a man she met on the Paris Metro.

    "We were standing on opposite platforms, staring at each other. A train came in, went out again, and he was still there.




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    "He came over and talked to me and we were together for several months. It was the first time I experienced love at first sight."

    Other tracks stem from a more painful experience – the year-long love affair she had with someone who committed suicide.

    "I was 20 at the time, and I didn't understand his depression.

    "I had thought that I could make him happy, but I've learnt since that life isn't always that straightforward."

    She talks of one day marrying and having children, but for now her focus is on the mission she started.

    Having secured the freedom of Nazanin Fatehi, she is spearheading the fight to save other minors on Iran's death row.

    "We've saved one life. Now we have to keep up the pressure until no child is ever threatened with execution again."

    For Nazanin, the scars on her father's back are a permanent reminder that no one can afford to be complacent about injustice.

    "I look at some of my peers who, like me, escaped Iran. They walk around with their Gucci purses and prefer to forget what their families left behind.

    "But it is up to our generation to fix the problems of our forefathers."

    A cynic might say that she is impossibly idealistic, and yet the release of Nazanin Fatehi is proof that it is possible to make a difference.

    "It's no good just having dreams, you have to make them your goals," she says. "That way, the world really can become a better place."

    Nazanin's debut album Someday will be released on 13 August. For more information on Nazanin and her campaign for minors on death row, visit bodogmusic.com/nazanin and stopchildexecutions.com




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    Nazanin Afshin Jam
    Wall of Shame, UN, New York

    CNN interview about today's Wall of Shame rally by Stop Child Executions in Iran Campaign. Time: 12-2pm Date: September 23rd, 2008. Location: UN Headquarter New York Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th St. & 2nd Ave.)

    YouTube - Nazanin Says Ahmadinejad will face "Wall of Shame" at UN




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    Nazanin Afshin Jam former Miss Canada sings her famous song "Someday" on July 25, 2009 (Global Day of Action) in Vancouver Canada part of the United for Iran demonstrations





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    Nazanin Afshin-Jam recently had meetings with various members of the european parliament from many countries and different political parties regarding Iran's grave and ongoing human rights violations this week. Thanks to the European Foundation for Democracy which gave this oppotrunity One of the co-author's of Nazanin Afshin Jam's written declaration was Marietje Schaake , a dedicated MEP from the Netherlands to Iranian issues. She recently went on a fact finding mission in Turkey meeting with Iranian dissidents.





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