Penn Law's International Human Rights Advocates student group sponsored a discussion on Dec. 1 with Visiting Scholar Mehdi Zakerian, a leading scholar on human rights in the Islamic world. Among numerous topics, Zakerian spoke about anti-human rights attitudes among Iranian students, the international effects of social media on human rights activism, and the risks facing human rights activists in Iran.
Zakerian joined Penn Law as a visiting scholar earlier this semester and will be in residence through summer 2011. He was originally scheduled to arrive at the Law School in 2008, but was detained by Iranian authorities after he applied for a passport to leave the country.
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