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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.

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.

:: 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.


»  The International Community must act now,Horror must be investigated
»  Egypt: The Way To Civil War?
»  Khosro Kordpour and Massoud Kordpour release immediately
»  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of human rights defenders continue
»  Shirin Ebadi’s Letter to Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran
»  Human Rights Council renews mandate of Iran Special Rapporteur with overwhelming majority
»  Human rights organisations call on Human Rights Council to renew Iran Special Rapporteur’s mandate
»  Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh continue
»  Shirin Ebadi and six leading human rights bodies: End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard
»  United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention orders immediate release of Abdolfattah Soltani
»  Shirin Ebadi’ letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed Regarding the Recent Arrests of Journalists in Iran
»  Iran should end the execution of juveniles and public execution


:: International

International Federation for Human Rights:

529 death sentences against Morsy supporters in conclusion of an unfair trial
FIDH expresses its utmost concern after an Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 defendants, concluding a procedure that has flagrantly violated the most fundamental guarantees of a fair trial.


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Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Iran
New York, 3 January 2009 - The Secretary-General is greatly concerned about reports that Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been threatened in recent days, her Center for the Defense of Human Rights broken into and materials taken, and that hostile crowds have mobilized today outside her office and home. He calls on the Iranian authorities to take immediate measures to prevent any further harassment and to ensure Shirin Ebadi's safety and security.




:: 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.