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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.


PRESS RELEASE - THE OBSERVATORY

Stop torture against Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand and other human rights defenders
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint FIDH-OMCT programme, has been informed about acts of torture as well as cruel and inhuman treatment against Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, an Iranian human rights defender and President of the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan, who has been serving an 11-year prison sentence since 2007.


PRESS RELEASE - THE OBSERVATORY

Stop torture, cruel and inhuman treatment against Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand and other human rights defenders
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint FIDH-OMCT programme, has been informed about acts of torture as well as cruel and inhuman treatment against Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, an Iranian human rights defender and President of the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan, who has been serving an 11-year prison sentence since 2007.


The International Federation for Human Rights

Events that took place on April 17 and the following days in Evin Prison
Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) would like to draw your attention to the events that occurred recently in Evin Prison, in Tehran.


PRESS RELEASE - THE OBSERVATORY

Release all trade unionists arbitrarily detained in the country
International Workers’ Day, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, is drawing attention to the plight of Iranian trade unionists. The number of independent unionists arrested and prosecuted or otherwise ill-treated has been rising over the past few years. A large number of such unionists have served prison terms in various cities, have been fined, have lost their jobs or have occasionally been forced to flee the country to avoid further persecution.


URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY

The judicial harassment of
Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
The Observatory has been informed by the Defenders of Human Rights Centre about the judicial harassment of Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer and member of the DHRC.


International Federation for Human Rights
Press Release

Launch of the #ForFreedom campaign
FIDH launches today an international campaign entitled #ForFreedom to speed up the release of 16 of its members jailed throughout the world. The #ForFreedom campaign is composed of an Internet website, a mobilization illustration and a hashtag. #ForFreedom intends to become the people’s voice supporting all defenders currently in detention.


International Federation for Human Rights:

warming relations must not be at the expense of Human rights
The nuclear deal brokered by EU Diplomacy Chief Ashton in November 2013, who chaired the “P5+1” group, ended years of diplomatic stagnation between the international community and Iran.


THE OBSERVATORY - PRESS RELEASE

Harassment and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders continues
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, deplores the continued harassment and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders in Iran.


International Federation for Human Rights:

Grave concern over lack of access to medical care for sick prisoners of conscience
FIDH expresses its deep concern about Iranian authorities' refusal to give sick prisoners of conscience access to adequate medical care, resulting in further deterioration of their health, and fears this may amount to a systematic practice aiming at further intimidating civil society voices critical of the regime. While Iran must immediately release all prisoners of conscience, it must guarantee all prisoners access to appropriate health services.


THE OBSERVATORY:

Human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh freed
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), welcomes the release on September 18 of prominent human rights defender and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.


International Federation for Human Rights:

The authorities must investigate into killings at Camp Ashraf
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) call on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to release as soon as possible its report of investigation into the acts of violence perpetrated in Camp Ashraf on 1st September, which led to the death of possibly up to 52 camp residents.


International Federation for Human Rights:

Renewed attacks on the mandate of UN Special Rapporteur
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI), express their disappointment at recent statements by Iranian high-level officials regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's persistent rejection of the mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


THE OBSERVATORY:

Grave concern over health status Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
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 deep concern about the hunger strike initiated by Iranian blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki, whose health status has been deteriorating.


FIDH:

The International Community must act now,Horror must be investigated
Appalled by the deadly bombardments that reportedly took place in Ghouta, near the Syrian capital Damascus, on August 21st, 2013, FIDH is calling for an immediate, thorough and impartial international investigation into the mass killings and the alleged use of chemical weapons.


FIDH:

Egypt: The Way To Civil War?
FIDH is appalled by the reports of massive casualties resulting from a move of the governmental security forces to clear « pro-Morsi sit-ins » in two different locations in Cairo on August 14, 2013.
FIDH urges the Egyptian authorities to refrain from excessive use of violence and to refrain from arbitrarily arresting and detaining individuals without charges during the duration of the state of emergency;


URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY

Khosro Kordpour
and Massoud Kordpour
release immediately
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), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Iran.


THE OBSERVATORY - PRESS RELEASE

Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment
of human rights defenders continue
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), condemns the continuing repression of human rights defenders in Iran.


Shirin Ebadi’s Letter to Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran
Dervishes are all Muslims and followers of Shia Islam whose organisation dates back to several centuries ago. After the Revolution of 1979, they have been subject to many illegal pressures including arrest, torture, intimidation and threat because of their beliefs. They have become disappointed to receive any form of justice and therefore they are forced to hunger strike, fearing that any moment may be a traumatic one


Human Rights Council renews mandate of Iran Special Rapporteur with overwhelming majority
The United Nations Human Rights Council renewed today the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Mr Ahmed Shaheed, with an unprecedented majority.
Twenty-six countries voted for the renewal of the mandate, 17 countries abstained and only 2 countries voted against it. The corresponding number of votes last year were: 22 for, 20 abstentions and 5 against.


Human rights organisations call on Human Rights Council to renew Iran Special Rapporteur’s mandate
Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Conectas Direitos Humanos, East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders project (EHAHRDP), Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Freedom From Torture, Human Rights Watch, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI), United 4 Iran, West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN), and World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) co-signed a letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council urging them to renew mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran and to adopt a resolution condemning the patterns of systematic violations committed in Iran.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment
of human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh continue
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, condemns the continuing repression of human rights defenders in Iran.


Shirin Ebadi and six leading human rights bodies: End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard

Free all prisoners of conscience

The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, author and political activist, and cease harassing or detaining without cause the couple’s two daughters and Mehdi Karroubi’s son, said the Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and six leading human rights bodies.


United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention orders immediate release of
Abdolfattah Soltani
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has just concluded that the detention of lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) Abdolfattah Soltani is arbitrary, and requested the Iranian Government to release him immediately.


Shirin Ebadi’ letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed Regarding the Recent Arrests of Journalists in Iran
Shirin Ebadi’ letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed: Since 28 January, the offices and homes of Iranian journalists have been raided by the security forces. Several journalists have been arrested. Although some of them, including Motahereh Shafi, have been released, 14 are behind bars at present: Amrai, Takhayori, Azar Peyk, Judaki, Dehghan, Aghai, Montajebi, Daliri, Fadai Asl, Mehregan, Yaghchi, Mohammadi, Moosavi, Alami.


Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:

Iran should end the execution of juveniles and public execution
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:We are deeply dismayed to hear about the reported execution in Iran of a juvenile offender on Wednesday 16 January 2013.We also condemn the recent spike in public executions.


The Observatory for the Protection
of Human Rights Defenders

Do not imprison
Ms. Mansoureh Behkish
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.


Joint Public Statement

Iran must immediately revoke the death sentences of prisoners of conscience
The Iranian authorities regularly impose the death penalty for all forms of dissent. The ethnic communities, and in particular the Iranian Arabs, Kurds and Baluchis, are regularly targeted for demanding their rights, and occasionally members of these communities and their family members fall victim to the vengeance of authorities.


The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought of the European Parliament was awarded to Nasrin Sotudeh and Jafar Panahi
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought of the European Parliament was awarded to imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh and renowned film maker Jafar Panahi, in Strasbourg. Ms. Shirin Ebadi and Mr. Karim Lahidji as representatives of Ms. Sotoudeh and Messrs Costa Gavras and Serge Toubiana and Mr. Panahi's daughter, Ms. Solmaz Pahani, as his representatives were present.


UN top official calls on Iran to release human rights activist on long-running hunger strike
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville announced today: Ms. Sotoudeh, the winner of this year’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, was arrested on 4 September 2010, and is currently serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison. She has also been banned from her profession for 10 years on charges that are believed to be linked to her work as a human rights defender.


UN strongly condemns human rights violations in Iran in face of increasing repression of human rights defenders
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) welcome the passing today of the resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran by a resounding majority in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee of the UN General Assembly.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

URGENT APPEAL
THE OBSERVATORY
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation Against Torture , has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran.


UN experts call for an independent and impartial investigation into the death in custody of a blogger
Four special rapporteurs of the United Nations yesterday urged the Government of Iran to undertake a thorough, independent and impartial investigation of the death in custody of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti, particularly the allegations of torture, and to make the result of such an investigation public.


Arbitrary conviction of Abdolfattah Soltani’s spouse in an attempt to silence human rights defenders and their families
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), is appalled by the sentencing of human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani’s spouse.


Yet another death in custody highlights plight of prisoners
On Tuesday, 6 November, the prison authorities informed the family members of Blogger Sattar Beheshti that he had died in custody and they had to prepare for his burial. According to a complaint he filed with Evin prison's officials on 1 November, while he was still in the prison’s Public Section 350, Mr. Beheshti said that he had been detained by the cyber police, officially known as the 'Police Department in charge of Information Production and Exchange’, without an arrest warrant on 30 October.


Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations:

Political Prisoners Denied Visits, Care

Sakharov Prize-winner Sotoudeh’s Detention Highlights Denial of Basic Rights

Iran's judiciary and prison authorities should end mistreatment of the prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said today. Ebadi and the rights groups also called on Iran’s authorities to allow all prisoners access to necessary medical care and family visits to which they are entitled under international human rights law.


Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi receive the Sakharov prize
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) express their utmost solidarity and support to Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film maker Jafar Panahi who both received today the Sakharov Prize, established in 1988 by the European Parliament to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.


A Brief Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran in Mehr 1391[September- October 2012]
Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Defender and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in continuation of her monthly reports, has reviewed the human rights situation in Iran in Mehr 1391 [September-October 2012]. According to the website of the Centre for the Defenders of Human Rights [CDHR], Dr. Ebadi started her Mehr report by addressing the issue of early marriage of the girl child,...


Punitive measures imposed on detained human rights defender must cease
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 condemns the harassment faced by Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh and, more generally, denounces the policy of subjecting jailed human rights defenders to punitive measures in prison.


URGENT APPEAL
THE OBSERVATORY
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.
The Observatory has been informed by the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) of the imprisonment of Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a human rights lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC).


Karim Lahidji: The international community must pay more attention to rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran
20 September 2012 - Messers Ahmed Shaheed, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and Heiner Bielefeldt, special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, issued a joint statement today expressing concern over the situation of religious minorities in Iran.


With the beginning of the academic year, let’s be the voice of the sufferings of Iranian teachers in prison
Although the dimensions of human rights violation in Iran is day by day increasing and the list of different kinds of this violation is very long, yet the violation of teachers' rights , due to the important role they have to make up the future of the society, seems to be more dangerous for this country.


URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
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 Iran. The Observatory has been informed by the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) about the confirmation on appeal of the sentence of five years imprisonment in internal exile against Mr. Kouhyar Goudarzi, a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR).


THE OBSERVATORY - PRESS RELEASE

IRAN: Repression of human rights defenders goes on uninterrupted
Paris-Geneva, September 11, 2012. 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), was informed of four new cases of arbitrary detention against human rights defenders in Iran.


Shirin Ebadi & Karim Lahidji:

Stop using means of suppression; pave the way for NGO aid to quake victims in Iran
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel peace laureate, and Karim Lahidji, vice president of FIDH and president of LDDHI, said in a joint statement today: "Two weeks since the earthquake in the Azerbaijan province of Iran, the authorities of the Islamic Republic are still pursuing a policy of silence and secrecy.


Open Letter by Dr Shirin Ebadi to president of the UN Women
The feminist movement is one of the strongest civil rights movements in Iran and it has witnessed a significant growth in the past two decades. The movement, which opposes discriminatory policies and laws, considers democratization of the government as the key to overcoming the problems. To achieve its goal, the women’s movement has been seeking alliances with other civil rights movements, such as students, workers, etc, in the past few years.


Shirin Ebadi & Human Rights Organisastions:
Iranian authorities hold political prisoners hostage
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) said in a joint statement today: Conditions of prisoners in Iran are deteriorating by the day.


Iranian authorities must release Kaboudvand immediately and unconditionally
Paris/London - Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and its affiliate, the Iranian league for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI), called in a joint statement today on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, and said that the Iranian authorities are responsible for any risks to his life as a result of his ongoing hunger strike.


THE OBSERVATORY
PRESS RELEASE
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), was informed of the appeals ruling issued against of human rights defender Ms. Mansoureh Behkish.
On July 5, 2012, Ms. Mansoureh Behkish, a supporter of the “Mothers of Park Laleh”also known for fighting against the death penalty, received the text of the Appeals Court’s ruling regarding her appeal against the first instance sentence.



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