Daily Archives: 01/12/2018

Iran/Sakharov Prize/European Parliament: Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

November 30, 2018

Sotoudeh Was Unable to Officially Receive the EU’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

In 2012, Sotoudeh was jointly awarded (along with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi) the EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought for peacefully advocating human rights in Iran. But she was never able to physically accept the award or cash prize that comes with it because she was in prison under trumped-up charges at the time it was issued, and because she has not left the country since being freed in 2016.

Sotoudeh is also currently facing a five-year prison sentence and three other charges. The new cha

The charges, all national security-related, are for Sotoudeh’s outspoken advocacy of human rights and willingness to take on politically sensitive cases as a defense attorney.

Her most recent imprisonment, which began in June 2018, occurred after she represented a woman facing imprisonment for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law by removing it in public.

Several other human rights lawyers have also been arrested and imprisoned in Iran this year in a widespread crackdown aimed at further limiting defendants’ due process rights.

To protest the unlawful judicial process and denial of the right to choose her own lawyer in her own case, Sotoudeh has refused to appear in court to hear any of the recent charges against her, said the source requested anonymity for security purposes.






https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/new-charge-for-receiving-sakharov-prize-for-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR1JZjJlTs-ehPpXxuJJIQ7jEL-rWD4m1u1EUA85mw6pvuZNiRkmCQKyhkA (FARSI)

https://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/3478-nasrin-sotoudeh-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-en-prison-en-iran?fbclid=IwAR0N-4yaqBsyaimLglwj6c-PE1W4l57lBe2AxUIdqdp2I1vBxhXDCzE-gpA (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Sakharov (FRANCAIS)


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Can Nasrin Sotoudeh, winner of the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize 2018 accept her award ?
New pressures from the Iranian authorities.

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)…
In September 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for her commitment to human rights and the independence of the legal profession….

Nasrin Sotoudeh, lauréate du prestigieux Prix des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux 2018, pourra-t-elle accepter son prix?
Nouvelles pressions des autorités iraniennes. Nasrin Sotoudeh vient de se voir notifier une inculpation supplémentaire pour avoir prétendument reçu un prix en espèces de …


(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 01/12/18)

The #UN calls on #Iran to ‘immediately release all those imprisoned for promoting and protecting the rights of women’ including prominent activists #NasrinSoutoudeh #NargesMohammadi#HodaAmid #NajmehVahedi

(International Observatory of Human Rights Facebook, 01/12/18)

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Pakistan/UK: A Landmark Conference for Universal Rights and Secularism and against Fascism

November 30, 2018

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The 25 November International Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism in London celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the One Law for All campaign in the UK.

The conference was a landmark event in the fight against all forms of fascism and in defence of universal rights and secularism with leading activists in the fight against the far-Right – including religious fundamentalisms of all stripes – from 24 countries and the Diaspora, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Europe, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kurdistan, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Serbia to Sudan, Tunisia and the United States.

In her welcome address, Conference Organiser Maryam Namazie reiterated how women are the first targets of fascist, fundamentalist and other far-Right movements and are leading the opposition to the sustained backlash against women’s rights and secular values – and in many cases continue to win victories in the most adverse circumstances. She stressed the urgency of secularism as a minimum precondition for women’s and minority rights.

Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal’s opening keynote address emphasised the precious heritage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights noting that Indian and Pakistani women fought for the clause on right to choice in marriage – the foundation for many struggles taking place on family laws and equality in marriage today. Muslims from Pakistan and India also voted for the right to religious freedom, including the freedom to leave religion.

Asia Bibi’s lawyer Saif Ul Malook spoke about the Asia Bibi case in his keynote address. As mentioned in a DW report on the conference, Ul Malook spoke of the Pakistani constitution and its secular credentials and his childhood when Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together in Pakistan and how a minority are behind the intolerance seen today. He was given a standing ovation for his courage in defending Asia Bibi and prosecuting Mumtaz Qadri, the man who murdered Salman Taseer.  Ul Malook said he had no regrets.

The Conference passed a resolution in solidarity with Asia Bibi and her lawyer and the Judges who had the courage to strike down her conviction for blasphemy, called for asylum for Asia Bibi, the release of all those imprisoned for blasphemy and an end to blasphemy laws everywhere.







https://www.medias-presse.info/le-cauchemar-continue-pour-asia-bibi-et-sa-famille/101733/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/11/30/les-proches-dasia-bibi-en-danger/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/Saiful-Malook-avocat-d-Asia-Bibi-C-est-une-femme-tres-forte-1592516 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.katholisch.de/aktuelles/aktuelle-artikel/pakistan-sorge-um-die-familie-von-asia-bibi (DEUTSCH)

https://kurier.at/politik/ausland/christin-asia-bibi-in-pakistan-sie-will-nur-raus-und-in-ein-sicheres-land/400340851 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://sceptr.net/2018/11/christelijke-pakistaanse-vrouw-zal-asiel-krijgen-in-duitsland/ (VLAAMS)

http://www.niedziela.pl/artykul/39413/Pakistan-przyszlosc-Asii-Bibi-wciaz-pod  (POLSKI)

Avocats Sans Frontières France – ASF FranceSOS Chrétiens d’Orient, L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger et Francois Zimeray, avocat et ancien Ambassadeur pour les droits de l’Homme, au soutien de notre confrère pakistanais Saif Ul Malook, avocat d’Asia Bibi, menacé de mort dans son pays pour avoir fait acquitté sa cliente.

La Mairie de paris lui apporte également son soutien, ainsi que Vincent FillolaIngrid Metton – Avocate et Mechtilde Carlier.


(Avocats Sans Frontières France – ASF France Facebook, 06/12/18)

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China: Chinese Police Arrest Witnesses to Beating, Stripping of Rights Lawyer

November 30, 2018

Guangzhou lawyer Sun Shihua in an undated photo.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have formally arrested two witnesses to the beating and stripping of a human rights lawyer who pursued a complaint about her treatment at the hands of local police.

Rights lawyer Sun Shihua is pursuing a complaint against police after being beaten, illegally strip-searched, drug-tested and detained at Hualin police station in Liwan district of Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou for seven hours on Sept. 20.

Rights activists Zhang Wuzhou and Liang Songji were present at the time, and Zhang shot video footage of the incident on her cell phone.

Police deleted the footage and detained Zhang and Liang on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.” Zhang is being held at the Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center, while Liang is in the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center.

Liang’s sister, Liang Yiming said she had received a notice of formal arrest issued by the Liwan District Procuratorate, but was too intimidated by threats to family members to intervene in the case.

“We don’t have a lawyer right now,” Liang Yiming said. “Liang was already separated from his wife, so it’s difficult to have her hire an attorney for him.”

“[Also,] she is worried about bringing down further trouble on herself; that’s why the authorities have been putting the frighteners on her.”