Afghanistan Field Coordinator (Kabul)
As the Field Coordinator for IHRLG's Afghanistan/Pakistan Program, Nader Nadery, an Afghan human rights activist and political analyst, helps Afghan NGOs integrate women's rights awareness into their work and facilitates the inclusion of Afghan women leaders in mainstream Afghan political and academic circles. He is also responsible for developing the IHRLG's linkages with human rights advocates inside Afghanistan. Before joining IHRLG, Mr. Nadery worked as freelance writer and political analyst for various Afghan magazines in Pakistan and those published by Afghan refugees in the USA.
Mr. Nadery has been working to promote and protect human rights in Afghanistan since 1990. As a student, he co-founded a public awareness magazine in Nimroze province, which he ran successfully until 1996 when the Taliban shut down his office after objecting to one of his editorials that highlighted that Islam encourages women to receive an education. He was imprisoned by the Taliban police and then taken to Kandahar where he was ordered to work on editing the weekly newspaper published by the Taliban government. After managing to escape from Kandahar, Mr. Nadery moved to Kabul and started teaching International Relations at the University of Kabul. Shortly after taking this post, he was fired for telling his students that the Taliban's policies were isolating Afghanistan from the international community. He was again imprisoned and had to leave the country for Pakistan. He then worked as a freelance writer and also organized Afghan youth to advocate for peace and democracy in Afghanistan. In 1999 he, and several other Afghan human rights activists inside Taliban-held areas, prepared a report on human rights violations in Afghanistan and sent the report to UN Special Rapporteures on Afghanistan and other international human rights organizations demanding a war crimes tribunal for Afghanistan.
Mr. Nadery has studied Law and International Relations at the University of Kabul. He has written extensively on politics, society and human rights, and on women rights in Afghanistan especially. He is fluent in Dari, Pushto, Balochi and Urdu and has a working knowledge of English.