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Drawn by prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani, Drawing Repression: A Year in Cartoons features 52 weekly cartoons highlighting human rights issues over the course of Persian Solar Year 1391 (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013), the last year of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency. Born in 1960, Touka Neyestani received his degree in architecture from Tehran’s Science and Industry University. Neyestani started collaborating with the press in 1980, working with the prestigious Ketab Jomeh weekly, and went on to work with more than sixty publications during his successful career as a cartoonist. He has had over thirty years of hands-on experience in cartoon drawing and teaching. Between 2006 and 2010, Touka Neyestani was a member of the Board of Trustees and a drawing instructor at the Tehran Caricature House. Neyestani has been awarded seven prizes from international cartoon exhibitions. Touka Neyestani currently lives in Toronto, Canada, where he works as a freelance cartoonist for Rooz Online and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
The Intl. Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is a non-partisan, independent human rights non-profit organization working actively in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. The Campaign’s team is comprised of lawyers, researchers, and journalists with extensive professional experience at international organizations. The mission of the Campaign is to promote human rights to ensure a culture of respect for the human dignity and rights of all and to hold Iranian state actors accountable to their international obligations. The Campaign documents human rights violations in Iran via first-hand and original sources within the country, and publishes statements, appeals, blog posts, multimedia productions, and comprehensive reports in English and Persian. The Campaign advocates with national governments and intergovernmental institutions, and cooperates with a broad range of civil society organizations on behalf of strategies aimed at protecting civil society and improving human rights.