Nazanin Afshin-jam

Former Miss Canada and human rights activist, Nazanin Afshin-jam came to Austin last weekend as part of a tour in support of her debut album “Someday” that was released nationwide on April 24th. The album has reached the top 20 at FMQB Adult Contemporary (AC) radio in America this week. The video for this track was downloaded nearly 140,000 times in only 10 days. She also is going to be Glamour Magazine’s “Hero of the Month” in their July issue.

In 2006, Nazanin started a campaign to save the life of her 17-year old namesake Nazanin Fatehi who was sentenced to death by the Iranian Courts for stabbing one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 15 year-old niece. The Stop Child Executions Campaign were able to gain the support of the United Nations, European Union and Canadian Parliament. As the result they were able to put enough pressure on the Iranian Officials to grant Nazanin a stay of execution, retrial and finally exonerate her off all murder charges on the basis of self-defence.

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