Daily Archives: 11/12/2020

UAE: Joint statement Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken


Joint statement Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken

On International Human Rights Day, Lawyers for Lawyers alongside the International Center for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) and 7 other signatories, called on the UAE authorities to immediately release and human rights lawyer and defender Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken.

Eight years have passed since the unjust arrest of Dr. Mohammed Al-Roken by the UAE State Security services. On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court convicted and sentenced Dr. Al-Roken to 10 years imprisonment with additional administrative control measures and forbade him from practicing his profession as a lawyer. He has been denied the basic right to a fair trial and his enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment was never investigated. On November 22, 2013, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion recognizing the arbitrary nature of the detention of Dr. Al-Roken and 60 other defendants in the ‘UAE94’ trial (A/HRC/WGAD/2013/60).

Dr. Al-Roken is a prominent Emirati human rights defender and lawyer, and the former President of the Emirates Jurists Association. In recognition of his courageous human rights work, Dr. Al-Roken was awarded the 2017 Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize.

Dr. Al-Roken was arrested on July 17, 2012 as part of the massive crackdown of the ‘UAE94 Group’, and he was charged with conspiracy against the government, after calling for political reforms in the country and signing an online reform petition in March 2011 to demand an elected national council with full supervisory and legislative powers. Following his arrest, Dr. Al-Roken was detained in solitary confinement at an undisclosed location for 8 months, without access to his lawyer and his family.






Iran: On Human Rights Day, We Pay Tribute to Nasrin


On this U.N. Human Rights Day, a special edition of NIAC’s Human Rights Tracker would like to recognize the iconic Iranian human rights defender, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and encourage everyone to support and watch the forthcoming documentary film, Nasrin.

On December 2nd, Iranian authorities ordered Sotoudeh back to prison following a short medical furlough after she tested positive for Covid-19. Despite her continued health issues and the hope that authorities would use this opportunity to free the renowned human rights activist and attorney, the injustice of her detention continues. It is both sorrowful and serendipitous that the following day Sotoudeh was presented the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel,” for her unwavering courage in the face of unremitting cruelty and her struggle for human rights.

That Sotoudeh could not be there to accept her award along with her peers is a testament to the severity of her plight. However, she was able to share an audio message at the ceremony, which—not surprisingly—Sotoudeh used as an opportunity to support and bring attention to all political prisoners in Iran. In poor health, in prison, as her own government tries to silence her, Sotoudeh remains the embodiment of strength. 

On December 9th, the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner issued a statement condemning Sotoudeh’s return to prison and calling for her immediate release. It is her extraordinary resilience that has captivated the attention of people all across the globe, as the voices demanding Sotoudeh’s freedom have grown into a thunderous cry for justice. The culmination of these efforts and the importance of Sotoudeh’s story is captured best in Jeff Kaufman’s new documentary film, simply titled, Nasrin.

The film—taped mostly in Iran—is not just about Sotoudeh the activist. Kaufman’s incredible portrait of Nasrin gives the audience an intimate look at Nasrin, her family, and what motivates her unyielding drive to do her work as an attorney and activist. Following Nasrin on her journey, the audience is also given a rare glimpse into Iran that breaks from the caricatures and cliches often used in depicting the country in our media and news.







https://www.br.de/nachrichten/kultur/deutsch-iraner-setzen-sich-fuer-nasrin-sotoudeh-ein-ein-gespraech-mit-professorin-katajun-amirpur,SIlLFdA (DEUTSCH)





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