August 17, 2016
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and others who promote human rights and the rule of law through advocacy, education and research. LRWC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
LRWC objects to the wrongful prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment of Ms. Bahareh Hedayat, a human rights defender who is a member ofDaftar-e Tahkim Vahdat (the largest students’ union in Iran), one of the founders of the “One Million Signatures Campaign”, and a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We note that on 26 May 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) released an opinion, adopted on 19 April 2016, that actions of the Government of Iran depriving Ms. Hedayat of her liberty for periods from June 2006 to and following May 2015 have no legal justification, are arbitrary and are in contravention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. (ICCPR). Further, Ms. Hedayat is denied health care and, in particular, was denied the timely treatment of kidney issues that required surgery in 2010 and completely denied post-operative care.
LRWC also objects, as it has for years, to the wrongful prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment of Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani, a human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC). Mr. Soltani, a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2011. We note that on 6 February 2013, WGAD concluded that the deprivation of liberty of Mr. Soltani was arbitrary and in violation of several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Further, Mr. Soltani suffers from medical ailments and there are serious concerns regarding the effect of his current imprisonment on his long-term health.