Daily Archives: 27/07/2019

Iran/Australia: 2019 Voltaire Award Dinner, The Empty Chair Award – Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Empty Chair Award – Nasrin Sotoudeh

Liberty Victoria honours Nasrin Sotoudeh with the Voltaire ‘Empty Chair’ Award 2019

Nasrin is an Iranian lawyer and human rights defender, renowned for her work representing abused women and children, dissidents, journalists, and people sentenced to death for offences committed as children.  Her courageous advocacy has brought her into contact with Iranian authorities on numerous occasions, and she has been harshly punished for her work as a human rights defender.

Ms Sotoudeh is currently serving a term of imprisonment for various offences against the Iranian regime, including providing legal representation to women prosecuted for refusing to wear the hijab or headscarf.  She was convicted in absentia.  Her record-breaking sentence amounts to 38 years in prison, and 148 lashes.

Ms Sotoudeh represents the very best qualities,  and embodies the immense risks, of human rights defenders around the world.

Liberty Victoria is proud to present the Voltaire Human Rights ‘Empty Chair’ Award to Nasrin Sotoudeh.  Her husband Reza Khandan will accept the award by video at the Voltaire Dinner in Melbourne on 27 July 2019.

Established in 2016, this award is presented to a person who is worthy to receive the Voltaire or Young Voltaire Award, but cannot be present to receive the award due to the consequences of their exercise of or advocacy for free speech. The 2016 Empty Chair Award was made to Saudi writer, dissident and political prisoner Raif Badawi.  In 2017, the recipient was Iranian cartoonist Ali Dorani aka ‘Eaten Fish’, until recently imprisoned on Manus Island. In 2018 the recipient was Behrouz Boochani, who is currently detained on Manus Island.



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The accomplishments of Nasrin Sotoudeh



https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/260719/iran-l-avocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-ecrit-depuis-sa-prison-pour-defendre-les-femmes?onglet=full (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/avocats-mobilisation-pour-la-liberation-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-iran (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/iran-protestations/21763-couverture-en-direct-rassemblement-pour-un-iran-libre-aujourd-hui-a-londres (FRANCAIS)

https://www.affiches-parisiennes.com/g7-les-avocats-porteront-20-propositions-9220.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ordre-grenoble.avocat.fr/2019/07/nasrin-sotoudeh-33-ans-demprisonnement-et-148-coups-de-fouet/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dici.fr/actu/2019/07/30/hautes-alpes-portrait-de-nasrin-sotoudeh-deploye-facades-conseil-departemental-1291719 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.avocats-hautes-alpes.fr/node/407 (FRANCAIS)

http://alpesdusud.alpes1.com/news/hautes-alpes/78604/hautes-alpes-une-banderole-deployee-pour-soutenir-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ledauphine.com/hautes-alpes/2019/08/01/le-departement-affiche-son-soutien-a-une-avocate-iranienne-emprisonnee-nasrin-sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ram05.fr/wordpress/nasrin-sotoudeh-batonnier-lecoyer/ (FRANCAIS)

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

http://www.cciu.org.uy/news_detail.php?id=20488 (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavozdeasturias.es/noticia/opinion/2019/07/29/libertad-nasrin-sotoudeh/00031564413654314740302.htm (ESPANOL)

https://www.eldia.es/opinion/2019/07/31/nasrin-sotoudeh-148-latigazos-libertad/996844.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.ienesiciliane.it/articolo.php?aid=9721 (ITALIANO)

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/politica/iran-cella-fino-10-anni-i-video-senza-hijab-1734005.html (ITALIANO)


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The Philippines: De Lima wants Senate probe on ‘systematic’ attacks on lawyers, judges

July 27, 2019

Senator Leila M. de Lima has formally urged the Senate to conduct an immediate investigation into what she called the ‘’systematic attacks and continued assault’’ against members of the legal profession, including lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.

Senator Leila de Lima (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco / MANILA BULLETIN)

In filing Senate Resolution (SR) 33, De Lima lamented how the roster of lawyers in the country was rapidly transforming into a list of names of casualties caught in the middle of the administration’s violent war on drugs.

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Duterte and a member of the Senate minority bloc, is currently under detention on alleged illegal drug-related charges.

“This escalating and alarming trend and spate of attacks and killings of members of the Bar makes it imperative for the government and law authorities and institutions to conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” she said.

De Lima stressed the need “to provide adequate measures to address and ensure the personal and professional safety of Filipino lawyers and to effectively prevent any further attacks on their independence and security.”

Among the recent lawyers murdered in cold blood was lawyer Anthony Trinidad, a known human rights defender in Negros, who was killed by still-unidentified assassins while onboard his vehicle and shot him several times in Negros Oriental last July 23.

Last May 17, lawyer Val Crisostomo was shot by a gunman at Dagupan City Justice Hall in Pangasinan. He was among the lawyers who filed cases against the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for conducting alleged illegal raids in the Peryahan ng Bayan games in Pangasinan.

Recently, an international delegation of lawyers that had conducted a fact-finding mission into the attacks against Philippine lawyers, judges, prosecutors and paralegals, were themselves subjected to surveillance and received threats last March 18.

De Lima wants Senate probe on ‘systematic’ attacks on lawyers, judges

IBP, NUPL slam lawyer’s killing

NUPL: Lawyer’s death shows hazard of being ‘baselessly’ linked to NPA

Stop the killings!




CHR-7 condemns spate of killings in Central Visayas

Spate of killings instills fear among Negros residents

Negros Island: Killing fields


On the murder of Atty. Anthony Trinidad







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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: KP Bar Council condemns alleged threats to lawyer

July 27, 2019

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has condemned the alleged life threats to a senior lawyer by a police official of the Counter-Terrorism Department and demanded his suspension and departmental inquiry against him.

“The KP Bar Council condemns the unethical and unlawful behaviour and life threats hurled by DSP Rajab Ali to senior lawyer Muhammad Sagheer Khan from Swabi, and demands the senior police officials and inspector general of police to immediately suspend him and initiate an inquiry against him,” stated a press release issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council. Talking to The News, senior lawyer Muhammad Sagheer Khan alleged that DSP Rajab Ali had hurled life threats at him and his wife Humera Azam Hoti when they tried to collect their Rs6 million loan from a third party.

“I will kill both of you if you even tried to take the loan money from the third party,” Muhammad Sagheer quoted DSP Rajab Ali’s while playing his audio message recorded on his mobile set. He said the DSP Rajab Ali’s threatening call had been recorded and it was clear evidence against him for misuse of his authority.









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