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Nasser Weddady

Topics:

  • The Struggle of Progressive Muslims
  • The Inside Story of Arab Reformers Confronting Human Rights Abuses
  • How Technology is Reconnecting Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the Middle East

Travels from: Boston, MA

Nasser Wedaddy is a dynamic Arab Muslim human rights activist who works closely with young reformers in the Middle East on interfaith projects and civil rights campaigns. He guides the Middle East Interfaith Blogger Network, coordinates various campaigns for jailed dissidents, and has led civil rights training conferences across the Middle East.

A native of Mauritania, Wedaddy grew up in Libya and Syria, traveling extensively through the Middle East, before coming to the U.S. seeking asylum in 2000. A few days after the September 11 attacks, Nasser was falsely detained by the FBI because of his ethnic appearance.

Weddady is an associate at the American Islamic Congress' HAMSA civil rights initiative (Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance). HAMSA unites Americans of all backgrounds to support the movement to secure civil rights in the Middle East.

A long-time activist in the struggle to end slavery in his homeland, Wedaddy has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Baltimore Sun; appeared on Fox's Hannity & Colmes, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Radio Liberty; and testified to Congress' Human Rights Caucus. Fluent in five languages, he has lectured at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and diverse interfaith settings.

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