Iran: Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

July 14, 2016

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“In this society, lawyers who bear witness to injustice and speak the truth get punished.”

Constant pressure and harassment by Iran’s Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel—who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free—has submitted her resignation to Iran’s Bar Association.

“I have paid my debt to society and reached a point where I don’t have the mental strength to carry on,” she told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in an interview. “I had to quit and ask for retirement, but I have kept busy. I don’t practice law any more, but I’ve started to do some writing.”

“Most of the cases I took on were political ones,” said Pourfazel. “These individuals were being persecuted for their political beliefs. I would give interviews and talk about these cases and that’s how I got into all kinds of trouble that continue to this day. It got to a point where I couldn’t continue on that path any longer. I was really under a lot of pressure.”

“In this society, lawyers who bear witness to injustice and speak the truth get punished,” she added. “Why? Because they love their country.”

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Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

 

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