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Egypt: I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors

December 14, 2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year we celebrate 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed. To mark the anniversary Metro.co.uk will explore how the rights and freedoms that the document protects continue to be relevant today.

Each day this week we will publish a first person piece by someone from around the world, supported by Amnesty International, whose story relates to one of the 30 articles in the UDHR.

Their stories shed light on the everyday abuses that people continue to suffer, as well as the absolute importance of a universally upheld vision and standard for human rights in the 21st century and beyond.

Women’s rights are a burning issue. Whether we’re talking about #MeToo, reproductive rights or violence against women – both on and offline – there is no doubt that a major culture shift is taking place globally.

As a lawyer who specialises in helping women survivors of violence, witnessing this sea change brings me a great deal of hope and joy.

However, while very real progress is being made, there are places where women risk their very lives to speak up about what they have endured or witnessed.

In Egypt, where I live, women are vilified by their own government for revealing the reality of harassment – even rape – that they face each day.

One of these women is me.

I’ve been defamed all over state-affiliated media, accused of being a spy and a national security threat.

I’ve been arrested from my house, emotionally blackmailed, and traumatised. I’ve been accused of spreading false news to destroy Egypt’s reputation.

Why? Because of my work standing up for women in my country and defending women survivors of violence.

And because by claiming rape and sexual harassment exist in Egypt, the authorities think I’m a threat to the country.

I’m a target because I care.

I have been working as a lawyer for 29 years. I co-founded the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance and Lawyers for Justice and Peace and I’ve heard and seen first-hand how devastating the impact of sexual harassment, intimidation and attacks on a woman can be.

I’ve been arrested and blackmailed for defending sexual violence survivors




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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.






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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/The Netherlands: Aasia Bibi’s lawyer concerned over his family’s security in Pakistan

November 14, 2018

Saiful Malook speaks to journalists during a press conference in the Hague. PHOTO:AFP

Fearing for the safety of his kin, Aasia Bibi’s counsel Saiful Malook has approached the United Nations to ensure his family’s security.

Aasia Bibi had been acquitted by the Supreme Court off blasphemy charges on October 31. The decision sparked countrywide demonstrations with protesters, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), threatening the state, army and judiciary.

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer says wants to stay in Netherlands

The violent protests forced Malook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told The Express Tribune about threats from sections of lawyers and it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.

“In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old told AFP. “I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.”

Malook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Malook expressed concerns about his family’s safety in Pakistan. He said he had written to the UN office in Pakistan seeking security for his family. Malook was dismayed at the inadequate security provided to his family by the authorities.







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De spanningen in Pakistan lopen hoog op. Asia Bibi’s advocaat Saif-ul-Malook en de drie rechters van het Hooggerechtshof die haar hebben vrijgesproken, ontvangen doodsbedreigingen. De organisatie ‘Defence of Pakistan’ heeft een rechtszaak aangekondigd tegen de advocaat en de drie rechters. De Pakistaanse organisatie beschuldigt ook hen van godslastering.

De mullah’s van de grootste politieke partijen organiseren demonstraties om te eisen dat premier Imran Khan onthult waar Asia nu is. Scholen in Lahore zijn eerder gesloten vanwege de onrust.

Wil je bidden voor rust en veiligheid voor alle betrokkenen?



(Stichting HVC Facebook, 15/11/18)

Iran: 60 European MPs Call on President Rouhani to Work For Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Release

August 22, 2018

On August 22, 2018, 60 members of the European Parliament (MEP) called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to “do all within your power to ensure” the “unconditional release” of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. A 2012 recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Sotoudeh has been detained since June 13, 2018. Having formerly served three years in prison for peacefully defending her clients in the Iranian judicial system, Sotoudeh is currently facing many more years behind prison under several national security charges. Following is the letter sent by MEP Marietje Schaake to President Rouhani.


Brussel, 22 August 2018

Honourable President Rouhani,

We write to express our deep concern about the continued detention of Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was arrested in June of this year to serve a five-year prison sentence for previously unreleased charges, apparently solely because of her human rights work.

Last week it was revealed that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing new charges, reportedly including charges of espionage, which is an extremely worrying development. Her case signifies that the Iranian judiciary continues to criminalise legitimate human rights activism.

We urge you to call on the judiciary to respect due process and disclose information about the charges that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing, and we call on you to do all within your power to ensure her unconditional release.







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Iran/European Parliament: 39 MEPs protest detention of rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

June 28, 2018


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Vietnam/EU/EP: No Free Trade With UNFree Regimes | Letter

June 10, 2018

90 NGOs including LRWC call on the EU to reject the proposed free trade agreement until Viet Nam releases all political prisoner, including Nguyen Van Dai, and ensures rights to expression and association.

June 6, 2018

  • The Council of the European Union
  • The Members of the European Parliament

We, the undersigned organizations, urge European Union member countries to reject the pending free trade agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

After the European Parliament’s emergency resolution on Vietnam last December, it would be a disgrace if European countries were to ratify free trade with a country that is one of the world’s worst enemies of freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and freedom of association. Over the last year, the Vietnamese authorities have arbitrarily detained scores of peaceful activists and bloggers. Just in April 2018, the Vietnamese authorities conducted five political trials and sentenced ten courageous human rights defenders and bloggers to harsh prison sentences of up to 15 years in prison for peacefully exercising rights to freedom of expression and association. In prison, torture and mistreatment are routinely used to extract confessions and force detainees to plead guilty. It is not unusual for prison officials to deny detained activists appropriate medical treatment.

The European External Action Service condemned the 5 April 2018 conviction and sentencing of Nguyen Van Dai, Le Thu Ha, Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Bac Truyen and Truong Minh Duc, stating these individuals “have peacefully advocated the promotion and protection of human rights as guaranteed by the Vietnamese Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Their sentences are in direct breach of these international obligations, which Vietnam has itself signed up to, and which the European Union expects full respect for.”






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Turkey/EP: EP rapporteur Piri calls Turkey to release jailed pro-Kurdish HDP candidate Demirtaş

June 4, 2018

The European Parliament’s (EP) Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri has called for the release of jailed pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, online news outlet T24 reported.

According to the report, Piri took to Facebook on Monday, highlighting that Demirtaş, who has been in pre-trial detention for 19 months and faces a string of terror-related charges, is campaigning from his prison cell.

“Other candidates, such as Muharrem İnce (CHP) and Meral Akşener (İYİ), have called for his release. Only then can there be a fair campaign. That seems to me to be a demand that all democrats must support,” Piri said, echoing the calls made by Turkey’s opposition figures for the release of Demirtaş during his presidential campaign.

EU-Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn last month said that Turkey’s upcoming elections would not be fair under the ongoing state of emergency rule that was implemented following the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, pointing to the chokehold over freedom of expression in Turkey.




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