Majid Tavakoli is a student leader and advocate for academic freedom. Before his imprisonment he had been studying shipbuilding at Amir Kabir University of technology in Teheran.. The disputed Iranian elections of June 2009 changed many things in Iran including the course of Majid’s life. Majid was arrested for giving a speech on Student’s Day on December 9th 2009; it was the fourth time that he had been detained for exercising his right of freedom of expression.
He was sentenced to eight and a half years and is currently in Reja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj where his health is deteriorating
Majid Tavakoli was awarded the 2009 Homo Homini Award by People in Need CZECH REPUBLIC
Update: On April 22nd 2015 Majid was freed having served his sentence. His current whereabouts are unknown.