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 2022 Asia Foundation Development Fellow 


Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate, Afghanistan



Fereshta Abbasi is an accomplished human rights lawyer and advocate from Afghanistan. She has documented human rights abuses in Afghanistan for seven years with different organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the All-Survivors Project. Fereshta is currently a researcher at Human Rights Watch, focusing on research and documentation of ongoing abuses in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. She was previously a legal advisor for the International Development Law Organization, where she trained and developed employees’ legal skills in decision-making within the Afghan justice sector. She holds a master’s degree in International Law and Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen and was a Chevening Scholar.