Iran: Iran must free jailed lawyers

January 30, 2018

Comment: An open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, from Andrew Walker QC and Kirsty Brimelow QC of the Bar Council of England and Wales

 

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Your Excellency,

The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales express profound concern for lawyers and other human rights defenders in Iran who continue to be persecuted for undertaking their professional obligations to their clients, enabling them to exercise the basic human right of access to justice.

The Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee are particularly concerned about the ongoing detention of the prominent lawyers, Abdolfattah Soltani and Narges Mohammadi who have spent their legal careers advocating for the rule of law in Iran.

Abdolfattah Soltani, the lawyer and co-founder with Dr Shirin Ebadi of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (DHRC) is currently serving a 13-year sentence for “spreading propaganda against the system”, “endangering national security” and “setting up an illegal opposition group”.

He was also charged with “accepting an illegal prize” relating to his acceptance of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award. Mr Soltani has now been in prison for almost six years, despite suffering from numerous medical conditions.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/1/30/iran-must-free-jailed-lawyers

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/iran-no-momentum-reform

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-human-rights-lawyers-uk-barristers-bar-council-treatment-justice-system-a8185691.html

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/01/19/human-rights-watch-release-2017-report-detailing-iran-human-rights-condition/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdolfattah_Soltani

https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/01/18/iran-les-reformes-au-point-mort (FRANCAIS)

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