Golriz Ghahraman is an international human rights lawyer who is also a former refugee from Iran. She has worked to restore communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly in empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives. She is standing for NZ parliament on the Green Party list.
Update: this was recorded on 28th July 2017, broadcast 3rd August 2017.
“I prosecuted for the UN, but I also defended”.
Defence comments at 10mins, 20mins & 25:05
Standing up to might – don’t take no for an answer.
Bringing down the bad guys.
Each (horrific) situation begins with dehumanising a group
Changing back to language of inclusion.
Sustainable: Environmental and social justice measures are intrinsically linked so we need to sustain humans at the same time that we sustain the environment.
Superpower: Making an argument and being persuasive.
Activist: Yes, activism is the rent that we pay for being on this planet.
Motivation: Justice, I’m the type of person who gets deeply annoyed by injustice, getting involved and fighting for the justice system.
Challenges: Getting into parliament is a pretty massive challenge for me.
Miracle: On a global scale for me it would be about democracy, about giving that dignity to all global citizens. The only way we can be sustainable is through self determination.
Advice: Please vote, not everyone can.