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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.
Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), who was arbitrarily arrested on May 5, 2015 [1], is now facing further criminal charges and judicial harassment while in prison.

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.

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.

:: News

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.

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.

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:: International

The ICC opens a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine
Our organisations [1] welcome the opening by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, which represents hope for victims and for lasting peace in the region.

Court should drop spurious charges against Nabeel Rajab on 20 January
The Bahraini authorities must immediately drop all charges against Nabeel Rajab and put an end to the continued judicial harassment against him said today the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

Record vote in support of a universal moratorium on the death penalty
FIDH welcomes the adoption of the UNGA resolution to establish a global moratorium on the death penalty, adopted on 18 December 2014, by an increased number of States.

:: From Media

Why Iran Wants to Join the International Criminal Court and Why it Avoids it
Nargess Tavassolian

When, on Friday, January 2, Palestine took steps to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), Israel responded by stopping the transfer of $127m in tax revenues to Palestine the next day.

How the Press Freedom Index correlates with other indicators
Oil exports, per capita GDP, economic stability... is there a correlation between such economic indicators and a country’s ranking in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index?

Narges Mohammadi:

Defense of Human Rights Will Not Stop
Maryam Kashani

Following the closure of the offices of the Center for the Defense of Human Rights in ‎Tehran by government agents, Rooz spoke with Narges Mohammadi the spokesperson ‎for the group. She stressed that with the closure of the offices, their work would not stop ‎and that in fact they would work even harder. Read on for the details.‎

:: Photo

Stop Child Executions

:: Report

The Defenders for Human Rights Centre Publishes Report on Iran’s Human Rights
Situation in Month of Bahman 1393 (January-February 2015):

“Khatami’s” media ban represents the Judiciary as a gimcrack
In continuation of its monthly reports, the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), has reviewed the situation of human rights in Iran during the month of Bahman 1393 [January-February 2015].

:: Resolution

Defenders of Human Rights Center Issues Statment

Press Charges Against Those Who Have Illegally Banned “Yas- No” Daily
owing the closure of “Yas-e No” daily, at the request of the Head Prosecutor of Tehran and the Revolutionary Courts, the Defenders of Human Rights Center has issued a public statement objecting to these developments. Also in this statement, the Defenders of Human Rights Center has requested that high ranking officials within the Judiciary press charges against those responsible for this illegal action. While objecting to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in preventing this daily from resuming publication, which has resulted in the loss of employment by yet another group of journalists and technical experts, the DHRC has further requested that the ban imposed on the publication “Yas-e No” daily be lifted.

:: Article

Speech of Abdolreza Tajik Delivered via Video at the Seminar titled: “Iranian Development,” Bologna, Italy

The Situation of Iran
Abdolreza Tajik an Iranian journalist was stopped on February 17, 2009, while on his way to Spain, to participate as a presenter in a conference. At the airport he was stopped, banned from travel and his passport was confiscated. Due to this travel ban, he was unable to participate as a speaker in another seminar scheduled for 5-6 March, 2009, in Bologna, Italy, titled: “Iranian Development.” Mr. Tajik delivered his speech to participants at this seminar via video.

:: Book

Human right Atlas
The book “Human right Atlas” from Andrew Fagan was translated to Farsi by Omid Kokabee and Mehdi Khodaei with a foreword of Abdolfatah Soltani and it was published by A’rman Shahr publisher in Afghanistan. Mazdak Ali Nazari was editor of this book. It is available online on internet for free.

:: Stop Child Excution

The Defenders of Human Rights Center Issues National Call To Action

Stop Child Executions
The Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) has issued a national call to action titled: “Stop Child Executions” demanding the end to child and juvenile executions. This national call to action is the third of such nationally focused efforts spearheaded by the Defenders of Human Rights Center and follows the convening of the “Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections” in August 2007 and the “National Council on Peace” in November of 2007 by this human rights NGO. The Defenders of Human Rights Center aims to increase public awareness and due attention among experts to this important issue, with the aim of identifying suggestions and strategies for ending the practice of child executions in Iran.

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