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Appeal court confirms 10-year term for Narges Mohammadi
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Tehran court’s decision to uphold journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s ten-year jail sentence on appeal.


Sentencing of journalist
Issa Saharkhiz
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Initiative are calling on the government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release journalist Issa Saharkhiz from the prison.


Shirin Ebadi's letter to Federica Mogherini regarding the negotiations of the European Community with Iran, about human rights
I urge the European Union to postpone human rights talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran until that country agrees to adhere to these two inalienable and uncompromising EU values. Moreover, please also ensure that a verification process on implementation of the two aforementioned EU principles is also included on the agenda of the talks.


Narges Mohammadi starts hunger strike, demanding the right to call her children
Narges Mohammadi, vice-chair of Center for Supporters of Human Rights (CSHR), who is currently imprisoned has started a hunger strike from today, June 27 2016, which coincides with the 21st day of the month of Ramadan.
Ms Mohammadi has written an emotional letter explaining her decision, the CSHR website reported.


Nobel laureates: Release Narges Mohammadi now
The Nobel laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative are calling on the government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender and journalist Narges Mohammadi from the notorious Evin prison in Iran.
In the statement, the laureates join the call of the international community for Iran to end repression against human rights activists.


In judicial outrage, Narges Mohammadi sentenced to ten years in prison
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the ten-year jail sentence that a Tehran judge has just passed on Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and spokesperson for Iran’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders. Her family was notified of the sentence, the outcome of a flawed trial held under the influence of the intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards before a Tehran revolutionary court on 20 April.


A travesty of justice – UN experts condemn latest conviction of prominent rights defender
A group of United Nations experts expressed outrage today at the recent conviction and sentencing of Narges Mohammadi, a prominent activist and human rights defender, to 16 years’ imprisonment by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran, and called for her immediate and unconditional release.


New prison sentence issued against imprisoned woman human rights defender, a travesty of justice
The ongoing judicial harassment against the arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi in Iran should stop and she must be released immediately, said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).


FIDH, DHRC and LDDHI welcome the "City of Paris" medal for Iranian political prisoner
FIDH and its member organisations from Iran, LDDHI and DHRC, laud the decision to award “City of Paris” medals to persecuted journalists from around the world, among them Ms. Narges Mohammadi, spokesperson and vice president of DHRC. During a ceremony in Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris on 2 May 2016, Paris mayor Ms. Anne Hidalgo awarded the medals to four RSF-supported journalists designated “information heroes”: Mr. Can Dündar (Turkey), Mr. Antoine Kaburahe (Burundi), Mr. Lotfullah Najafizadeh (Afghanistan), and Ms. Narges Mohammadi (Iran).


Mayor awards City of Paris medals to four journalists
In a strong show of commitment to the defence of media freedom and media workers on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo yesterday awarded City of Paris medals to four journalists who are supported by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Afghanistan, Turkey, Burundi and Iran are ranked 120th, 151st, 156th and 169th respectively in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.


Call for a coherent and multi-faceted human rights strategy
On 12th April 2016, FIDH and its Iranian leagues LDDHI and DHRC sent this open letter to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, ahead of her visit to Iran on 16-17 April 2016.


Women's Day Ceremony in Evin Prison
On international Women's Day, women political prisoner and prisoners of conscience held a ceremony in Evin prison. In this ceremony, a few political prisoners gave speeches about women’s current social status, the problems they face and the importance of women’s rights with respect to social progress in general. Among the participants, six women from theBahaii faith talked about their children left at home deprived of their parental care for years since their fathers are in prison as well. And finally, a letter addressed to the head of the Judiciary about this issue was read.


The Observatory for the Protection
of Human Rights Defenders:

We welcome Seifzadeh’s release
free all prisoners of conscience
After nearly five years in prison, human rights lawyer Dr. Mohammad Seifzadeh was finally released on March 10, 2016. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) welcomes this release. Mr. Mohammad Seifzadeh, is also a founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC).


Reporters Without Borders:

REFORMISTS SURGE DESPITE OBSTACLES TO MEDIA FREEDOM
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the renewed restraints that the authorities placed on media coverage during last week’s elections in Iran and urges President Hassan Rouhani to take advantage of the relative good results achieved by the reformists and finally begin improving respect for media freedom.


Rouhani in France: no business with Iran at the expense of human rights
(Paris) Human rights must be at the centre of discussions between Hollande and Rohani during their meeting in Paris this week. In an open letter addressed today to the French President, our organisations urge François Hollande not to ignore human rights in favour of closer economic ties between France and Iran. Human rights violations have increased significantly since the coming to power of the current Iranian president, and they cannot be ignored in the name of trade relations.This meeting is an excellent opportunity to urge Iran to respect human rights.


Negotiations on Syria must not divert attention from gravity of human rights in Iran
The question of human rights in Iran should be at the heart of the discussions between Rouhani and Hollande when they meet on Tuesday 17 November in Paris. Three human rights defenders affiliated to FIDH member organisations in Iran are in prison as we speak: Narges Mohammadi, Abdolfattah Soltani and Mohammad Seifzadeh. Our organisations call upon Mr. Hollande to urge his Iranian counterpart to release them and all other human rights defenders currently in Iranian prisons.


FIDH Presidents promoted in National Order of the Legion of Honour by François Hollande
Karim Lahidji, FIDH President, Sidiki Kaba and Michel Blum, both FIDH Honorary Presidents have been promoted in the National Order of the Legion of Honour today, Friday 6 November 2015, by President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace.During the ceremony, President Hollande emphasised the courage of human rights defenders who risk their lives daily, and who are represented by FIDH, Worldwide Movement for Human Rights with its 178 member organisations throughout the world.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

The cruel & inhuman treatment of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi must stop
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), strongly denounces the cruel and inhuman treatment of the arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi in Iran.


Narges Mohammadi is hospitalized due to a severe convulsion
Nargess Mohammadi, the vice chair of the committee to defend human rights in Iran, following a severe convulsion, was transferred from a prison cell to a hospital. At present, while under medical supervision, she is still under tight security.
Taghi Rahmani , her husband, expressed his concerns that the supervision should done so as not to impose more tension on her, since any further inappropriate measures, such as her being tied to her bed, would further delay her recovery.


IBAHRI renews calls for Iran to release human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani immediately
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urgently calls on Iran to release human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison in September 2012 on charges which include being awarded the ‘Nuremberg International Human Rights Award’. Furthermore, Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani’s deteriorating health and the conditions in Evin Prison, where he is currently detained, are of deep concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.


Reporters Without Borders:

CASES OF MISSING JOURNALISTS IN TEN COUNTRIES REFERRED TO UN
In an initiative two days before International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (30 August), Reporters Without Borders has referred the cases of missing journalists in ten countries to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.


women's rights and human rights activists:

Call for demonstration in support of imprisoned mothers in Iran

We demand these mothers to be released

We, a group of women's rights and human rights activists, will gather in front of the Hague Peace Palace to support women prisoners who, with all the hardship and pressures of prisons, are also suffering by being away from their children.


Campaign in support of imprisoned mothers:

We stand together in asking for the release of jailed mothers
Every person, including a mother, has the right to engage in civil activism.
A person should have free choice. Any limitations, including using the children to restrict a mother’s civil activities, is wrong.
Why have so many families fallen apart simply because the mothers in these families have spoken of and demanded civil rights?


FIDH, DHRC and LDDHI:

As EU officials visit Tehran, juvenile offenders are facing execution
FIDH and its Iranian member organisations Defenders of Human Rights Centre and the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran denounce the fact that European diplomats flocking to Iran, including German Vice-Chancellor, EU High Representative, and French Foreign Minister, have chosen to ignore human rights, including the ongoing and imminent illegal execution of several juvenile offenders.


“Let me speak” : a tale from prison / Since Moses’s mother till mother of Gaza and Iranian imprisoned mothers
by Nargess Mohammadi

The Observatory strongly condemns ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), expresses its grave concerns regarding the pressures exerted on the arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi in Iran.


Shojaee’ letter to the Chief of Justice of Islamic Republic of Iran
In protesting the unlawful action that has taken place in processing my law suit in the Revolutionary Court, I Mansoureh Shojaee, journalist, researcher, woman’s activist, address this letter to you.

At the present time, I am a resident scholar at Hague, Netherlands, a research scholar in the area of social justice, human rights, and gender studies.


Shirin Ebadi's letter to The Executive Director of the UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Shirin Ebadi, President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2003 in a letter to The Executive Director of the UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,talked about the increasing pressure over the women right activist and illegal sentences and prevention of women form attending the games in stadiums.


Release Narges Mohammadi: Laureates
Six Nobel Laureates have released a statement urging the Iranian government to immediately release woman human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi from detention. The statement appears below.
Narges Mohammadi, Deputy Head and spokesperson for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre and a distinguished woman human rights defender, was arrested at her home in Tehran on 5 May 2015.


Iran hardliners cling
to death penalty

Taghi Rahmani says the authorities are trying to silence dissenting voices

In their short lives, Kiana and her twin brother, Ali, have seen many arrests and raids on their home.
Their mother is Narges Mohammadi, a well-known human rights lawyer and campaigner, who has been in and out of jail on charges related to her work, for much of the past five years.


Nobel peace laureates call for end to hostilities in Yemen

Such negotiations must include the full participation of women

The Nobel Women’s Initiative is following with grave concern the horrific events over the past months in the Republic of Yemen. The country has gone from bad to worse, with high levels of violence affecting an increasing number of civilians—including large numbers women and children.


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Shirin Ebadi:
'If books had been thrown at the Taliban instead of bombs … we would not have Isis'

The Nobel laureate called on governments to cut arms budgets and increase education spending at a female peacemakers’ conference in The Hague

If books instead of bombs had been thrown at the Taliban, and if schools had been built in response to the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001, we would not now be contending with Isis, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi told a conference on Monday.


UN calls for halt to planned execution of juvenile offender
The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, today publicly urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed tomorrow.


Defence of Human Rights Center
FIDH and LDDHI

Imminent execution of juvenile offender must be stopped
The Defence of Human Rights Center, FIDH and LDDHI, demand the Iranian authorities halt the imminent execution of Saman Naseem, and immediately overturn his death sentence, which is illegal under international human rights law.


"Lawyers without right" in the international day of endangered lawyers was held

Lawyers without right
"Lawyers without right" in the international day of endangered lawyers was held on january 24, 2015 by the amnesty international and the Bar Association in Nuremberg .
Shirin Ebadi , peace prize winner, was present at the event.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Imprisoned unionists face new unfair trials and extended prison terms
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Iran.


Ongoing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the continuing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh in Iran.


EU: For an immediate and unconditional recognition of Palestine
FIDH calls on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to vote in favour of the recognition of the state of Palestine, and to strongly urge Member States to take immediate and unconditional steps to that end. A vote on the recognition of the Palestinian State by the MEPs is indeed scheduled for 17 December. "By recognising the state of Palestine, Europe and its Member States would be sending a clear and strong message that international law takes precedence over any other consideration” FIDH President Karim Lahidji declared.


FIDH Recommendations to the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Statute of the ICC
On the occasion of the 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which takes place from 8 to 17 December 2014 in New York, FIDH sends a multi-national delegation to New York to present its position on key issues related to the functioning of the Court and its role in bringing justice and accountability to victims around the world.


The prohibition on abortion constitutes violence against women
Across all continents, repressive legislation criminalising access to abortion remains in force, generating serious violations of women’s rights, states FIDH on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In early November 2014, FIDH conducted a fact-finding mission on sexual and reproductive rights in Senegal. The conclusions of this investigation will be published on the eve of the 15th Summit of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in Dakar on 29 November.


UN expresses deep concern about serious human rights violations
Our organizations welcome the adoption yesterday, by the third committee of the United Nations General Assembly, of a resolution expressing its "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran, notably the “alarming high frequency of executions and increase of the carrying-out of the death penalty in the absence of internationally recognized safeguards, including public executions.”


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Nargess Mohammadi at risk of arrest
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, expresses its concern for the freedom and well-being of human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi following reports that she has been summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office.


RWB PUTS TEN FACES TO ITS FIGHTIMPUNITY CAMPAIGN
Reporters Without Borders is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.The aim is to involve the general public and step up pressure on governments to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.


shameful execution of young woman after flawed investigation
FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights and its Iranian member organizations- Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) and League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)- condemn the execution of Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari early in the morning on Saturday 25 October in Iran.


Joint press release

Police disperses sit-in staged by Nasrin Sotoudeh to protest persecution of dissidents
Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, renowned human rights lawyer and 2012 Sakharov Prize laureate, staged a sit-in in front of the Tehran Bar Association today, in protest against the Iranian government’s ongoing persecution of dissident voices and the regime’s increasing control over the Iranian Bar and Judiciary. The police and intelligence services dispersed the protest several hours later. They confiscated the camera of a journalist working for AFP. The camera was later returned to him after the photos displaying the sit-in had been deleted.


Shirin Ebadi's letter to the International Bar Association Regarding Nasrin Sotoudeh
Following previous reports, it is with much regret to inform you that Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal of Iran suspended Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh’s licence. She is barred from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh was previously convicted to six years imprisonment due to her work in defending political defendants and prisoners of conscience.
Based on above I urge you to support our Iranian colleague Nasrin Sotoudeh.


Nobel Laureates and Human Rights Groups Urge World Leaders to Act for the Freedom of 2010 Laureate Liu Xiaobo
In an open letter that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates together with major human-rights organizations addressed to the United Nations and the European Union today called for the immediate release of Dr. Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,...


Iran: UN rights experts condemn the recent wave of arrest and sentencing of civil society actors
United Nations human rights experts* today expressed grave concern over the recent escalating trend of arrest and sentencing of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association. “Convicting individuals for expressing their opinion is absolutely unacceptable,” the experts stressed. “Freedom of expression and opinion is necessary for the realization of all human rights, and it is a right reserved for all individuals, even if that individual expresses an opinion with which the Government disagrees.”


Nobel Laureates:
End the violence in Gaza
The Nobel Women’s Initiative calls for an immediate ceasefire to stop the violence in Gaza, now entering its third week.
The “cycles of violence” approach to containing Palestinian anguish resulting from 50 years of Israeli occupation does not work and will never lead to
sustainable peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Deliberate targeting of civilian areas by anyone is a violation of international law.
Israel’s continuing collective punishment of the Palestinian people because of its ongoing war of attrition against Hamas is a war crime.


FIDH commends its member Adilur Rahman Khan and the Mothers of Kharavan as recipients of 2014 Gwanju Prize
FIDH would like to congratulate the Mothers of Kharavan and Adilur Rahman Khan (Secretary General of Odhikar, FIDH’s member organisation in Bangladesh) for being awarded the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.
This award is an important recognition for the long struggle they have both carried out in the field of human rights and justice.



Defenders of Human Rights Center
Member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)