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Ongoing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh
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 continuing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh in Iran.

EU: For an immediate and unconditional recognition of Palestine
FIDH calls on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to vote in favour of the recognition of the state of Palestine, and to strongly urge Member States to take immediate and unconditional steps to that end. A vote on the recognition of the Palestinian State by the MEPs is indeed scheduled for 17 December. "By recognising the state of Palestine, Europe and its Member States would be sending a clear and strong message that international law takes precedence over any other consideration” FIDH President Karim Lahidji declared.

FIDH Recommendations to the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Statute of the ICC
On the occasion of the 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which takes place from 8 to 17 December 2014 in New York, FIDH sends a multi-national delegation to New York to present its position on key issues related to the functioning of the Court and its role in bringing justice and accountability to victims around the world.

:: Iran

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Defenders for Human Rights Centre Publishes Report on Iran’s Human Rights Situation in Month of Aban 1393:

Security Organs Mobilize to Destroy Civil Institutions
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 Aban 1393 [October-November 2014].


The prohibition on abortion constitutes violence against women
Across all continents, repressive legislation criminalising access to abortion remains in force, generating serious violations of women’s rights, states FIDH on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In early November 2014, FIDH conducted a fact-finding mission on sexual and reproductive rights in Senegal. The conclusions of this investigation will be published on the eve of the 15th Summit of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in Dakar on 29 November.


UN expresses deep concern about serious human rights violations
Our organizations welcome the adoption yesterday, by the third committee of the United Nations General Assembly, of a resolution expressing its "deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations" in Iran, notably the “alarming high frequency of executions and increase of the carrying-out of the death penalty in the absence of internationally recognized safeguards, including public executions.”


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Nargess Mohammadi at risk of arrest
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, expresses its concern for the freedom and well-being of human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi following reports that she has been summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office.


RWB PUTS TEN FACES TO ITS FIGHTIMPUNITY CAMPAIGN
Reporters Without Borders is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.The aim is to involve the general public and step up pressure on governments to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.


shameful execution of young woman after flawed investigation
FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights and its Iranian member organizations- Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) and League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI)- condemn the execution of Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari early in the morning on Saturday 25 October in Iran.


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»  Shirin Ebadi's letter to the International Bar Association Regarding Nasrin Sotoudeh
»  Nobel Laureates and Human Rights Groups Urge World Leaders to Act for the Freedom of 2010 Laureate Liu Xiaobo
»  Iran: UN rights experts condemn the recent wave of arrest and sentencing of civil society actors
»  Nobel Laureates: End the violence in Gaza
»  FIDH commends its member Adilur Rahman Khan and the Mothers of Kharavan as recipients of 2014 Gwanju Prize
»  Stop torture against Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand and other human rights defenders
»  Stop torture, cruel and inhuman treatment against Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand and other human rights defenders
»  Events that took place on April 17 and the following days in Evin Prison
»  Release all trade unionists arbitrarily detained in the country
»  The judicial harassment of Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh
»  Launch of the #ForFreedom campaign


:: 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

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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

Defenders for Human Rights Centre Publishes Report on Iran’s Human Rights Situation in Month of Mehr 1393:

Acid attacks on young women; a precursor to enforcement of “Enjoining Good, Proscribing Vice” Law
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 Mehr 1393 [Iranian month from 23 September to 22 October 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.