Maryam Malekpour is a mechanical engineer residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ms. Malekpour fled Iran in 2012, upon discovering that Iranian authorities were planning to arrest her for bringing international attention to the grave situation of her imprisoned brother, Saeed Malekpour.
Ms. Malekpour settled in Canada, where she campaigns tirelessly for her brother’s release. A freelance web programmer and Canadian resident who was in Iran on a visit, Mr. Malekpour was kidnapped off the streets in Tehran on October 4, 2008 by plainclothes forces. Interrogators working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s ‘cyber army’ subjected him to severe physical and psychological torture until he confessed to false charges, including moderating several pornographic websites. After his forced confessions were aired on Iranian state-run media channels, Mr. Malekpour released a letter from prison detailing the torture he undergoes, and declaring that his confessions were coerced.
For the past decade, Mr. Malekpour has endured torture, sham trials, solitary confinement, and has not seen a single day outside prison. Following international outcry, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commuted his death sentence to life in prison.