Majid Tavakoli

Majid Tavakoli (born in 1986) is an Iranian student leader and a former student at the Amirkabir University of Technology Teheran. Majid Tavakoli was the winner of the Student Peace Prize of 2013 as a result of his continued work towards the right for students to participation and contribution in politics, despite the threat for his own safety.

Tavakoli criticized the government in his speech on the Iranian Student Day, which led to him being imprisoned in 2009. He is still serving a nine-year-long imprisonment because of his criticism of the Iranian regime and his fight for democracy and human rights through both speeches and publications. Regardless of the bad conditions, reports of excessive use of both violence and torture in the prison, Tavakoli has continued his work for people in Iran by writing regime-critical letters from the prison.