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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, currently in prison in China and the lifting of the severe restrictions against his spouse, Liu Xia, well known poet and artist. Mairead Maguire, Arch. Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Shirin Ebadi expressed their strong indignation regarding the continuous imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo...

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.

:: Iran

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.


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.


»  Release all trade unionists arbitrarily detained in the country
»  The judicial harassment of Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
»  Launch of the #ForFreedom campaign
»  warming relations must not be at the expense of Human rights
»  Harassment and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders continues
»  Grave concern over lack of access to medical care for sick prisoners of conscience
»  Human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh freed
»  The authorities must investigate into killings at Camp Ashraf
»  Renewed attacks on the mandate of UN Special Rapporteur
»  Grave concern over health status Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
»  The International Community must act now,Horror must be investigated
»  Egypt: The Way To Civil War?


:: International

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The cancellation of annual summit of Nobel peace prize laureates in support of the Dalai lama

Shirin Ebadi and Judi Williams
met the leader of the Tibetan Buddhist

The annual summit did not take place in Cape Town ,South Africa, after the Nobel's Women Initiative members refused to attend and skipped this meeting.


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Why a Gaza ceasefire isn’t enough
Raji Sourani*

The death and destruction being inflicted on the Gaza Strip is impossible to describe. Sitting here in Gaza, it is hard to even understand what is happening.


Nabeel Rajab free, after more than 600 days of arbitrary detention
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of FIDH was released from jail today after being detained for more than 600 days.




:: From Media

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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.‎


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Attack on Human Rights Center
The office for the Center for the Defense of Human Rights, which is headed by Shirin ‎Ebadi, was shut down yesterday by security and police officers prior to holding a meeting ‎to commemorate the international Human Rights Day. ‎



Stop Child Executions

:: Report

Report on human rights situation in Iran during month of Esfand 1392 [February-March 2014]:

Centre for Defenders of Human Rights Criticizes Cancelation of Nowruz Leave for Political Prisoners
In continuation of its monthly reports, the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights, which is presided over by Shirin Ebadi, has reviewed the situation of human rights in Iran during the month of Esfand 1392 [Iranian month corresponding to 21 February to 21 March 2014].



:: Article

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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

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Damning report on an ignored issue:

Discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in Iran
Paris, October 21, 2010: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) make public today a report on discrimination against ethnic communities and religious minorities in Iran. The report, entitled "The Hidden Face of Iran", highlights an unknown aspect of Iran: the severe discrimination faced by ethnic communities and religious minorities in every domain/area.



:: 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.

:: 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.