In September 2020, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) issued a decision in the case of detained Tanzanian human rights lawyer, Tito Magoti. The UNWGAD held that the fair trial violations in Mr. Magoti’s case were of such gravity to give his pre-trial detention an arbitrary character. The UNWGAD further held that Tanzania is in violation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The UNWGAD decision calls for the immediate release of Mr. Magoti and that he should be compensated. The ABA Justice Defenders Program provided pro bono technical legal assistance to the Legal Human Rights Center (LHRC) to submit the petition on behalf of Magoti who at the time of his arrest, worked as a Program Officer for Mass Education at LHRC.
As part of the launch of a new film on Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales will hold a panel discussion next Friday (4 December).
Nasrin Sotoudeh is renowned worldwide for her work as a lawyer in Iran. She has represented women’s rights defenders, religious minorities, and minors sentenced to the death penalty.
Iranian authorities have tried to prevent Nasrin Sotoudeh from carrying out her professional duties as a lawyer. She has had her licence to practice revoked, and has been arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions.
In 2018, Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment and 148 lashes, which caused an international outcry.