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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).

A Mexican encountering with Iranian imprisoned activist
Nargess Mohammadi
Beatriz Campillo

Beatriz Campillo is a Mexican woman and has educational and professional background in the overlapping fields of Development Studies, Civil Society Sector and Political Analysis. She is currently PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of The Hague, researching about international migration discourses.

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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.

Reporters Without Borders:

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.

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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

Family horrors and personal hardship of an Iranian activist and Nobel laureate
In January 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi was in her Tehran office when she heard her name. “Death to the traitor Ebadi,” angry men were shouting outside.

From activism in Iran to take action in Europe
Mansoureh Shojaee

The promising progressiv Iranian Women‘s Movement is revived and boosted again by the open letter of Narges Mohammadi, out ofEvin prison

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.

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Stop Child Executions

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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].

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Defenders of Human Rights Centre: Release narges mohammadi'hands from the chained to hospital bed
Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) has issued a statement to protest against the tying of the hands and feet of the sick prisoners in hospital, including that of Narges Mohammadi.
DHRC, a grassroots organization, published a copy of the statement on its website, signed by Shirin Ebadi, and asked the responsible authorities to create an atmosphere free of tension in the hospital, suitable for the treatment of Ms Mohammadi.

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Yes, Iran released five political prisoners. 800 more are still languishing in jail

Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on the horrible plight of the country's journalists, activists and women's rights proponents.

:: 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.

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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)