Students Organize Freedom Concert

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Students at Sacred Heart University have organized a Freedom Concert that will bring together musicians, prominent human rights activists and others to express solidarity with Iranian students, minorities, intellectuals and laborers. The concert of words and music will take place on Monday, April 7th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University. Tickets are $3 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the Edgerton Center box office at 203-371-7908 or visit

The evening’s program will include keynote addresses by Lily Mazahery and Kianoosh Sanjari. Ms. Mazahery, a Persian-American human rights lawyer, activist and founder of the Washington, D.C. based Legal Rights Institute has a distinguished record of advocacy and activism on behalf of human rights victims around the world. She has managed several high profile cases of dissident Iranian students, and has initiated and spearheaded a number of international campaigns for the rights of women and children around the world, including Iran.

Mr. Sanjari is one of Iran's most recognized and well-known student activists and bloggers. The now 25 year-old was first imprisoned at the age of 17 for his activism, and has spent substantial time in and out of prison under severe torture, including 111 days in solitary confinement in Iran's notorious Evin prison. A member of the Iranian Democratic Front, he fled Iran in 2007, and with the assistance of Amnesty International and other entities he was successful in receiving political asylum in Europe. Since obtaining asylum, Mr. Sanjari has continued his steadfast activism on behalf of students, prisoners, and other victims of human rights violations in Iran.  

The Freedom Concert will feature live musical performances by Honest Abe and The Emancipators, Charlie “CHAZ” Cybulski, Humble Roots, ICE Brothers, Pete Greco & Buck Mulligan, Jeff Leblanc, and Joe Beleznay.

This event is sponsored by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, HAMSA (Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance), Middle East Studies Program,  and SHU’s Center for Catholic Thought, Ethics, and Culture, International/Multicultural Center, Campus Ministry, Departments of Government and Politics, History, and Religious Studies, International Club, Commuter Council, College Democrats, College Republicans, Mock Trial Team, Debate Society, Free Style Club, Amnesty International SHU Chapter, ONE Campaign SHU Chapter, Student Government, Project Nur @ SHU, Students in Free Enterprise, Omega Phi Kappa Multicultural Fraternity, SHU's College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University, Women's Studies Program at SHU, and Tharwa Foundation, a leading Syrian non-governmental organization and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Concert information is also available on the the HAMSA website (Harvard University):