Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: In 2010, Karima Bennoune interviewed woman human rights defender Sabeen Mahmud. To honor her memory, this interview was republished during our Defending the Defenders conference.
Sabeen Mahmud alleviated intellectual poverty until the day she was murdered, 24 April 2015. In an interview with Karima Bennoune in 2010 Mahmud explained why she founded a politico-cultural space in Karachi.
Sabeen Mahmud, founder of the NGO Peace Niche and director of Karachi’s cultural institution, T2F, was assassinated on Friday night while leaving the centre with her mother, who was also gravely injured in the attack. T2F had just hosted an event about human rights in Balochistan, and Sabeen had reportedly been receiving threats.
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