We Do Not Forget: 10 years since Zahra Kazemi died In Iran

A vigil held for Zahra Kazemi on July 30, 2003.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CJFE remembers Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died 10 years ago today while on assignment in Iran. She was arrested on June 23, 2003 while taking photographs of a public protest outside a prison near Tehran, and subsequently detained. While in captivity, she suffered head injuries that Iranian authorities attributed to myriad causes before admitting that she had been tortured by her interrogator. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital on July 10, 2003.

Zahra Kazemi was posthumously awarded CJFE’s Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award in 2003. Her son, Stephan Hachemi, is currently appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada for the right to sue the Iranian government for his mother’s death.

For more information on Zahra Kazemi's death:

Travesty of Justice in Zahra Kazemi Case | July 20, 2004
CJFE calls on Canadian government to take action | July 26, 2004
CJFE urges Canadian government to do more in seeking justice for Zahra Kazemi | April 1, 2005

Media Releases
Kazemi declared brain dead; Iran must take responsibility, CJFE says | July 11, 2003
Charges laid in Kazemi case irrelevant, more action still needed | August 26, 2003

External resources

Reporters Without Borders | Impunity Keeps Claiming Victims, Ten Years After Zahra Kazemi's Still Unsolved Death in Detention
July 10, 2013