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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: 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.



PRESS RELEASE - THE OBSERVATORY

Release all trade unionists arbitrarily detained in the country
International Workers’ Day, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, is drawing attention to the plight of Iranian trade unionists. The number of independent unionists arrested and prosecuted or otherwise ill-treated has been rising over the past few years. A large number of such unionists have served prison terms in various cities, have been fined, have lost their jobs or have occasionally been forced to flee the country to avoid further persecution.



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.



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.



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.

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»  URGENT APPEAL THE OBSERVATORY
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»  THE OBSERVATORY PRESS RELEASE
»  URGENT APPEAL THE OBSERVATORY
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