The mission of ADL’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities is to bring international attention to the human rights offenses committed against minority communities in the Middle East. The Task Force consists of regional and topical experts who serve as an advisory body to augment ADL’s work in protecting vulnerable minorities by identifying, elevating, and educating on emerging human rights issues in the Middle East.

The task force is comprised of leading scholars, experts, and activists:

Dr. Sharon Nazarian, Chair, ADL Senior Vice President of International Affairs

Maziar Bahari, Filmmaker, Journalist & Editor of IranWire | Human Rights Activist

Farahnaz Ispahani, Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute & a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former member of the Pakistani Parliament | Religious Freedom & Human Rights Advocate

Dr. Aykan Erdemir, ADL Director of International Affairs Research; former member of the Turkish Parliament | Religious Freedom and Minority Rights Scholar & Advocate

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, Founder of Alliance for Rights of All Minorities | Human Rights Activist

Johnnie Moore, President, Congress of Christian Leaders; former Commissioner at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom | Evangelical Leader & Religious Minorities Activist

Alireza Nader, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies | Iran Human Rights Activist & Independent Researcher

Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom | Scholar, Researcher & Activist

Shadi Martini, Executive Director of Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees | Human Rights Advocate

Dr. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, Coordinator, ADL’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities | Religious Minorities & Religious Heritage Expert

Blogs from the Task Force are available on Medium

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