Ladan Boroumand

Iranian historian and human rights advocate

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Ladan Boroumand is an Iranian historian and human rights advocate. She is the co-founder and research director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran. Boroumand and her sister, Roya, founded the organization in memory of their father, a pro-democracy activist and lawyer who was assassinated by agents of the Iranian government. The two sisters also founded Omid, a project that details the rights abuses of the Iranian dictatorship and memorializes its victims. A former visiting fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, Boroumand has a master’s in political sociology and a Ph.D. in French history. She is the author of “La Guerre des Principes,” a study of the relationship between human rights and sovereignty during the French Revolution. Boroumand and her sister are the recipients of the 2009 Lech Walesa Prize.Today, Ladan continues to manage the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation and the Omid memorial project with her sister, advocate for Iranian dissidents and pro-democracy activists, and draw attention to Iranian human rights abuses.

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