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Asieh Amini

Javad Montazeri

Asieh Amini (b 1973, Iran) is a poet, journalist, and activist. She studied journalism at Allameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran, and took a master’s course in culture studies (equality and diversity) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

She worked for several newspapers and magazines when she lived in Tehran. Amini’s fight against capital punishment and for women’s rights attracted attention in human rights communities and imposed hardships on her as well. She has won Human Rights Watch's Hellmann/Hammett award (2009), the Oxfam Novib/PEN award (2012), and the Ord i Grenseland Prize (2014).

Following a controversial election in 2009, Amini left Iran and came to Norway as an International Cities of Refuge Network (Icorn) guest writer in Trondheim. She has published three books of poetry in Iran and Norway, and is continuing her struggle for freedom of expression in cooperation with Norwegian PEN as a board member (2016- 2018).

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