February 28, 2017
Thursday 2nd of March marks the 2000th day that prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been in prison. To mark this day, we are taking part in a two-hour Twitter Storm and invite you to join us in calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Below are some suggested tweets. Please use the hashtags #FreeSoltani and #2000Days
DATE: Thursday, 2 March 2017
TIME: 20:00-22:00 Tehran time (16:30-18:30 GMT London time)
Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has won awards for his peaceful work. He should be praised, not jailed #FreeSoltani
Iranian human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is NOT a criminal & defending human rights is NOT a crime. #FreeSoltani NOW!
Iran wants to silence human rights lawyers like Abdolfattah Soltani who has spent #2000Days in jail. @khamenei_ir must #FreeSoltani NOW!
By keeping Abdolfattah Soltani in jail, Iran is showing its intent to silence human rights defenders at all costs. #FreeSoltani NOW!
Human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been in prison for #2000Days. Tell Iran’s @khamenei_ir to #FreeSoltani NOW!
Abdolfattah Soltani has spent #2000Days behind bars. His crime? Defending human rights. @khamenei_ir must #FreeSoltani NOW!
RT & tell #Iran’s @khamenei_ir that defending human rights is NOT a crime. Free human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani NOW! #FreeSoltani
(Human Rights in Iran-Amnesty International حقوق بشر در ایران- عفو بین الملل Facebook)
February 28, 2017
The ICJ condemns the arrest and detention of Senator Leila De Lima and calls for her immediate release.
The ICJ believes that the charges brought against Senator De Lima are fabricated and thus considers her prosecution to be politically motivated and amounting to judicial persecution.
Senator De Lima is a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“This is clearly meant to silence for good a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Sam Zarifi, ICJ’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
In August 2016, Senator De Lima led an investigation by the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights into hundreds of cases of extrajudicial killings occurring after President Duterte assumed power.
On 19 September 2016, however, she was removed by her colleagues from her position as chairperson of the said committee due to their concerns towards her “continuous efforts to destroy the President”.
Weeks before her removal, on 25 August 2016, President Duterte had accused Senator De Lima of running a drug trafficking ring inside New Bilibid Prison during her stint as Justice Secretary.