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Ana-Diamond Aba Atach

Graduate Researcher on Disinformation in MENA and a Human Rights Advocate

Ana Diamond is an Iranian-born British human rights advocate, researcher, and a writer. She was held hostage in Iran from 2014 to 2018. Since her release and recovery, she has led global campaigns to free arbitrarily detained individuals, hostages, and has worked with torture survivors. 


Ana co-founded the Alliance Against State Hostage-Taking at the 2019 UN General Assembly, and her work has appeared on many international news outlets, including the New York Times, the Telegraph, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Marie Claire, Channel4 News, BBC, Forbes, so on.


At Oxford, Ana is a Clarendon Scholar and studies the contemporary proliferation of disinformation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her expertise also extends to digital governance and surveillance, with a growing interest in the use of AI in advancing state surveillance networks.

In addition to her advocacy, she is an occassional political commentator and a non-fiction writer. She is currently an Emerging Writers' Fellow at the London Library.

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