Marina Nemat was brought up as a Russian (Eastern Orthodox Christian) in Tehran. She was a high school student when the secularizing monarchy of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution. As a student Marina Nemat opposed the oppressive policies of the new Islamic government, attended demonstrations and wrote anti-revolutionary articles in a student newspaper. In 1982, at age 16 she was arrested and imprisoned for her views against the revolution. She was tortured in the notorious Evin Prison well known for atrocities against political inmates, and sentenced to death.
Speaking as a representative of the organization UN Watch, she calls for a UN investigation of the Iranian regime for racism and intolerance.