By Kayhan Life Staff

Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, the international human rights and democracy activist, was a key speaker on Nov. 23 at the 30th anniversary of UN Watch, a nongovernmental organisation based in Geneva whose mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations.

Afshin-Jam MacKay is also an author, public speaker and President and co-founder of the “Stop Child Executions” organization which aims to help put an end to executions of juveniles worldwide. She is the recipient of several human rights awards.

She addressed the 1st Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in 2009.

Nazanin’s book, “The Tale of Two Nazanins” published in 2012 was translated into several languages.  The book was based on her successful international campaign to save the life of Nazanin Fatehi, an adolescent sentenced to death in Iran for stabbing a man in self defense who tried to rape her.

Nazanin was Miss Canada 2003 and first runner up at the Miss World contest, both of which gave her the platform she sought to raise awareness and funds for various charitable organizations. She is married to Peter MacKay who has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They have three children.

The following is a video of her address to UN Watch.

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