UN Special Rapporteurs condemn ongoing executions in Iran
Three United Nations Special Rapporteurs* on Iran, summary executions and torture condemned the recent execution of four members of the Ahwazi Arab minority in Ahwaz’s Karoun Prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Prominent human rights lawyer sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in exile on appeal
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), denounces the unfair sentence on appeal of Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani to 13 years in prison in exile in the remote city of Borazjan (southern Bushehr province.
Appeal by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and three human rights NGOs
Prisoners of conscience could die in Iranian government jails
Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), its Iranian affiliate (the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights) and Reporters Without Borders firmly condemn the inhuman treatment that human rights activists, journalists, netizens and other prisoners of conscience are receiving in Iran’s jails.
Joint Statement on the Right to Education and Academic Freedom
The above signatories representing 17 human rights and student organizations express deep concern about the alarming state of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly on campuses; and institutionalized procedures...
New wave of repression launched against ethnic communities
karim Lahidji, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and president of the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI), said today: “The authorities in Iran have launched a new wave of repression against several Iranian ethnic communities, including the Baluchis, Arabs and Azeris.
Lettere from Shirin Ebadi
to Ahmed Shaheed
The Honourable Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran
Lake Orumiyeh in northwest Iran, which is one of the saltiest lakes in the world, has currently lost half its water.
Human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah summonsed to serve a nine-year prison term
Paris-Geneva, May 3, 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), denounces the relentless harassment of members of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC) and more particularly the sentencing on appeal of Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.
On April 28, 2012, Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a human rights lawyer and founding member of the DHRC, was informed by Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court, as the former was attempting to represent a political prisoner, that his nine-year imprisonment sentence and his 10-year ban on practising law and teaching had been upheld on appeal. In the past, he has defended many political and student activists and unionists as well as the Christian Pastor Mr. Yousef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death on charge of apostasy.
Micheline Calmy-Rey Announces Nominees for 2012 Martin Ennals Award
for Human Rights Defenders
GENEVA - Former Swiss President and newly-appointed Chair of the Martin Ennals Foundation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, today announced the nominees for the 2012 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) at a press conference at the Palais Eynard, Geneva, Switzerland. The MEA is the main award of the international human rights movement.
The announcement and press conference will be streamed 11:00 -11:30hrs Geneva time on http://www.martinennalsaward.
Arbitrary arrest of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi to serve six year of imprisonment
Paris-Geneva, April 23, 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), deplores the arrest of human rights defender Nargess Mohammadi.
On April 21, 2012, Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), was arrested by the police in her parents' house in the city of Zanjan and taken into custody in Tehran’s Evin prison to serve her six-year imprisonment sentence.
free human rights defenders
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) of the release on bail of Mr. Kouhyar Goudarzi, a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR).
According to the information received, on April 12, 2012, Mr. Goudarzi was released on bail pending his trial on appeal.
Trade unionist Reza Shahabi sentenced to six years of prison
Paris-Geneva, April 19, 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), expresses its deepest concern about the sentencing of trade unionist Reza Shahabi to six-year imprisonment.
On April 14, 2012, the lawyer of Mr. Reza Shahabi, Treasurer and board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), was informed that his client had been sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Abolghassem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court.
Iranian Dissident Opposes Sanctions on Tehran
Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has no affinity for the authorities in Iran, who she fears would have her arrested or worse if she returned home. But she has found herself standing with them in opposition to the onerous nuclear sanctions imposed on her country.
As representatives of Iran and six world powers prepared to resume negotiations on Iran’s uranium enrichment activities this weekend in Istanbul, Ms. Ebadi said that the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union were misdirected.
URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
The Observatory condemns the sentencing of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi to eleven years prison
According to the information received, on September 26, 2011, Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolution Court announced the sentencing of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi to a total of eleven years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against the national security”, “membership of the DHRC” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”.
The Observatory strongly condemns the sentencing of Ms. Nargess Mohammadi and denounces this new act of harassment and intimidation against founding members of DHRC, which seem to merely aim at sanctioning their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities.
Joint press release
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI)
Prosecutor says hundreds to be executed in Iranian capital Tehran
Iran: FIDH and LDDHI call on the international community to put greater pressure on Iranian authorities to stop the rising trend of executions
According to official and semi-official Iranian news agencies including ISNA and IRNA, Tehran General and Revolution Prosecutor Abbas Ja’fari-Dolatabadi1 disclosed on 29 May, 2011 that 300 death sentences had been issued to people charged with drug trafficking and others in possession of at least 30 grams of heroin, in his jurisdiction in the capital, Tehran, alone. He admitted that there were hardly any ‘large-scale drug traffickers’ among them.
Joint press release
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI)
Iran: Haleh Sahabi dies after attack by plain-clothed agents on her father’s funeral
1st June 2011 – FIDH and LDDHI have learned from reliable first hand sources in Iran that Ms. Haleh Sahabi, daughter of Mr. Ezzatollah Sahabi, a veteran patriotic political leader, died this morning as a result of brutal mishandling by Security agents, during the funeral ceremony for her father.
Joint press releas
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI)
UN Special Rapporteur should intervene to stop suppression of lawyers in Iran
Five lawyers are already in prison. At least six others are facing possible imprisonment and ban on practising their profession. A number of others have spent time in detention or been expelled from university posts, and some others have had to leave the country to avoid harassment and detention.
Statement of Shirin Ebadi on March 8, International Women's Day
Women and the Constitution
March 8th 2011 is a special day. On this day, besides the equal rights of women, the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people will also be demanded. We, as women though, should be vigilant, ensuring that in the midst of political upheaval and political developments, we do not forget about our long time demand for “equal rights.” On this day, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers, we will come to the streets to support the popular and broad democratic demands, because achieving “equal rights” is possible only if voiced in a democratic system. But, we must not allow anyone to disregard our demands under the auspices of preventing crisis or avoiding divisiveness. The achievement of “equal rights” requires the reform of discriminatory laws and realizing this goal requires the reform of parts of the constitution. In fact, the revision of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran should not be viewed as a political demand rather it should be viewed as a civil movement.
Letter of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Dr Shirin Ebadi
About the case of Ms. Sotoudeh
Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Agenda item 68 (c)
Promotion and protection of human rights:
human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives
The General Assembly, Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 the International Covenants on Human Rights2 and other international human rights instruments, Recalling its previous resolutions on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the most recent of which is resolution 64/176 of 18 December 2009.
Clarification on Nokia Siemens Networks’ business in Iran
On September 4, 2010, representatives from Nokia Siemens Networks, including executive board member Barry French, met with the Iranian human rights lawyer Dr. Shirin Ebadi. Dr. Ebadi asked that Nokia Siemens Networks clarify its position on its business in Iran.
Open Letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Members of the UN General Assembly
By Dr Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Advocate and 2003 Nobel Laureate
Now the questions that arise are: Does the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has been violating human rights for years, deserve to be on the Human Rights Council? Could a state that has hitherto disregarded and ignored UN resolutions make proper judgements on observance of human rights in other countries?
We hope that by rejecting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s bid for membership in the Human Rights Council, you will draw the Iranian authorities’ attention to their wrongdoings, and that you will also make that country’s membership to the council conditional on the implementation of UN resolutions on human rights violations in Iran, in particular the resolution 64/176 of December 2009.
Quarterly Human Rights Report by the Defenders of Human Rights Centre
Spring and Summer 1388 (2009)
According to the website of the Centre, the following reports criticize the current human rights situation in the country, particularly the clashes between the government and the civil society following the recent post-election protests. It is based on this report that the DHRC has demanded from the officials to uphold the civil and political rights of Iranian citizens, including their right to freedom of expression and association.
Open Letter by Shirin Ebadi to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Shirin Ebadi, the Chiar of the Defenders for Human Rights Center has issued an open letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, requesting the removal of a ban placed on the operation of the DHRC, and an end to security and political pressures on civil, political and human rights activists by governmental bodies and officials in his administration. In this letter, Ebadi has reviewed the pressures imposed on the members of the Defenders of Human Rights Center over the past six months. She has further asked the President if these actions and pressures, which are all in contradiction to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, are in fact in line with the best national interests of the government and the country.
Jelveh Javaheri’s Letter of Complaint to the Head of the Judiciary:
Put an End to My Illegal Detention
Following her illegal arrest in the early hours of the morning on 2nd May and her continuing detention, Jelveh Javaheri sent a letter of complaint to the head of the judiciary requesting an end to her illegal detention and a clarification of her situation. In a similar move, Kaveh Mozaffari also handed a letter of protest to prison officials and requested to know the details of both his and his spouse’s cases.
Observe Due Process and Fair Judicial Standards for Arrested Workers Rights Activists
On May 21, 2009 at the invitation of the Committee on Arbitrary Arrests, a group of political, cultural and social activists went to the home of Hassan Shafa a worker’s rights activist and member of the “Housing, Metal Worker and Mechanics Cooperative” who is currently in detention, to find out more about his status as well as the status of other worker’s rights activists recently arrested. According to the site of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, those present at this visit expressed their objection to the lack of response from officials about the status of arrested members of the “Housing, Metal Worker and Mechanics Cooperative.”
Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections: Assessment of the Limitations and Undemocratic Obstacles Preventing the Convening of Fair and Healthy Elections
On the verge of the Tenth Round of Presidential Elections in Iran, the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections has once again expressed its support for the creation and unimpeded activity of civil society organizations to provide oversight of elections with the intent of safeguarding the votes of citizens in the upcoming elections. The Committee has further identified the obstruction of activities by civil society organizations to this end as an act designed impede healthy and fair elections. Along these lines, the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy, and Fair Elections has issued a statement critical of the guardian council.
Nargess Mohammadi and Soraya Azizpanah Banned from Travel
Nargess Mohammadi, Head of the Implementation Task Force of the National Council of Peace and Soraya Azizpanah a member of the National Peace Council were barred from travel earlier today while en-route to Guatemala to attend an international Conference on Women. After being barred from travel at the Imam Khomeni International Airport, the passports of these two civil society activists was confiscated and they have been summoned to appear at the Revolutionary Courts to follow-up the case.
Statement of Iranian Journalists and Webloggers Addressed to Judiciary and Security Officials Regarding the Case of Roxana Saberi
We Condemn Taking Advantage of Journalists in Political Games
A group of Iranian journalists and webloggers have issued a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Press Freedoms, May 3, 2009, condemning political games which take advantage of journalists. The statement also calls for the release of Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist currently in prison on charges of espionage, and demands that judiciary officials clarify the judicial review process with respect to her case.
Security Forces Prevent Meeting of the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections
On Wednesday April 29, 2009 Security forces prevented the meeting of the members of the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections. This meeting was scheduled to be held in the “Raad” Legal Institute, belonging to Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, member of the High Oversight Council of the Defenders of Human Rights Center.
The Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections, which was set up in August 2007 at the suggestion of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, by a group of social and political activists, as the first national collaborative program of this NGO.
Civil Society Institutions as Election Observers: An Assurance toward Free, Healthy and Fair Elections
On the verge of the tenth round of presidential elections, the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections, has issued an analytical statement which elucidates the current circumstances in which the upcoming elections will be held, adding that observation by civil society institutions can serve as an assurance toward the holding of free, healthy and fair elections. The statement issued by the Committee to Defend Free, Healthy and Fair Elections, which was set up in August 2007 at the suggestion of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, by a group of social and political activists, argues that given the lack of an open political environment, the absence of a free press, and the limitations placed on the activities of political parties and non-governmental organizations, oversight of the upcoming presidential elections provided by national and international civil society institutions provides a legal strategy for ensuring that the upcoming elections are indeed free, healthy and fair.
Statement of a Group of Islamic Jurists, Lawyers and Social and Political Activists in Opposition to the Execution of Juveniles
A group of Islamic jurists, lawyers, and social and political activists have issued a statement expressing their opposition to the death penalty for juvenile offenders. The Petition has been signed by the following individuals:
Mohammad Bastenegar, Religious Intellectual; Rakhshan BaniEtemad, Filmmaker; Jafar Panahi, Filmmaker; Dr. Habibollah Peyman, Religious Intellectual; Dr. Gholamabbas Tavasoli, Sociologist; Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammad Javad Hojati Kermani, Islamic Jurist and Scholar (Mojtahed); Ezzat –ollah Sahabi, Religious Intellectual; Dr. Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyyed Javadi, Lawyer; Dr. Ali Asghar Gharavi, PhD in Philosophy; Azam Taleghani, Religious Intellectual; Shirin Ebadi, Lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient; Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammad Taghi Fazel Maybodi, Islamic Jurist; Dr. Nasser Katouzian, Lawyer and University Professor; Hojat-ol-Islam Mehdi Karoubi, Islamic Jurist; Dr. Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari, Islamic Jurist and Scholar (Mojtahed); Dr. Sadighe Vasmeghi, PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence; Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi, Religious Intellectual; and Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari, Islamic Jurist and lawyer.Based on the religious teachings, this communiqué emphasizes on endowing children, less than 18 years of age, who commit social wrongs the opportunity of moral rehabilitation. Also, the society of human rights defenders in a similar communiqué, titled: “Stop Death Penalty for Children” started its operation aimed at stopping issuance and execution of death penalty for children less than 18 years of age. According to “Children’s Rights Defenders” site the communiqué, issued on Ordibehesht 6th, 1388 (Iranian Calendar) corresponding April 26, 2009. is as follows:
Abdolfatah Soltani’s Letter to Ayatollah Shahroudi
On the Case of Roxana Saberi
Abdolfatah Soltani, lawyer and member of the High Oversight Council of the Defenders of Human Rights is representing Roxana Saberi, along with colleagues Shirin Ebadi and Mahnaz Parakand. This legal team has taken up the case of Roxana Saberi, a journalist accused of spying, after she was sentenced to and eight years prison term, at the request of her father. In regard to the manner in which the case against Roxana Saberi has been handled by the courts, Abdolfatah Soltani has written an open letter addressed to Ayatollah Shahroudi the head of the Judiciary. After the courts sentenced Roxana Saberi to an eight years prison term, Saberi’s father requested the Defenders of Human Rights Center to take up her defense. As such, Shirin Ebadi, Abdolfatah Soltani, and Mahnaz Parakand have taken up Saberi’s defense as a team.
Statement of Center for Mine Cleanup on April 4, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
April 4 marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. On this occasion the Center for Mine Cleanup has issued a statement urging the public and government officials to pay greater attention to this important issue.
Civil Society Demands Due Attention to the Issue of Mines
On April 4, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Shirin Ebadi the Head of the Center for Mine Cleanup (Iran), emphasized the demand of civil society in expediting the process of mine clean ups, acceding to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) and attending to the need of victims.
Interview with Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Abdolfatah Soltani
Case of those Accused in Shiraz Explosion Failed to Adhere to Due Process Standards
Three of the defendants in the Shiraz Explosion case who were found guilty in their initial trial and sentenced to public execution by hanging, have had their sentences upheld in appeals court. The thirty-sixth branch of the appeals court of the Province of Tehran has sent the ruling by the 15th Branch of the Revolutionary Courts in Tehran to the Office of Implementation of Sentences. The ruling has been sent to the Office of Implementation despite the fact that the Appeals Court did not allow Abdolfatah Soltani, the lawyer representing Rouzbeh YahyaZadeh one of three persons accused in this case, to meet with his client and complete forms necessary to take on his legal defense. According to some rumors, the sentence is scheduled to be implemented on 11 April, 2009.
The Letter of Mothers for Peace to the Head of the Judiciary Urging the Release of Two Women’s Rights Activists
Following the arrest of 12 women’s rights activists, and the continued detention of two of those arrested while on their way to pay a traditional new year’s visit to the family of the late Dr. Zahra Baniyaghoub—a medical doctor who died in custody-- the Mothers for Peace have issued an open letter addressed to the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi.