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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.

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