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Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh files a new complaint against Evin Prison officials

November 14, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and political prisoner at Evin Prison, filed a complaint against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison on Sunday, November 11, 2018, for issuing a ban on her visiting rights.

Payam Derafshan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s attorney, said on Sunday, “The lawsuit filed by Nasrin Sotoudeh against the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison was accepted by the Court of Government Employees and referred to the Inspector’s First Branch for investigation.”

After filing the complaint, Mr. Derafshan and Ms. Sotoudeh’s other lawyer appeared before the Inspector’s, explaining the illegal measures of the head and the judicial deputy of Evin Prison. (The official IRNA news agency – November 11, 2018)

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent lawyer and political prisoner, was arrested in June this year after security forces attacked and raided her home. She was taken to Evin Prison. Ms. Sotoudeh was arrested for defending protesters against the compulsory veil.

In October, Nasrin Sotoudeh filed a complaint with the State Security Force Court for Judges against Mohammad Moghisseh, the judge presiding her case.

Payam Derafshan explained that Nasrin Sotoudeh has accused Mohammad Moghisseh of issuing verdicts outside the jurisdiction of the indictment, breaching impartiality in the due process, and ordering illegal arrests, in addition to a number of other breaches. (The official IRNA news agency – September 30, 2018)

According to the testimony of former political prisoners, Mohammad Moghisseh, alias Nasserian, was an interrogator in the 1980s. He presently presides over Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court.

Moghisseh has accused Nasrin Sotoudeh of disseminating propaganda against the state, insulting the mullahs’ supreme leader, and espionage.

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5566-nasrin-sotoudeh-files-a-new-complaint-against-evin-prison-officials?fbclid=IwAR27kZHu6dYEQRseYRuW01YUKCa5H5QP7Lljw3fplkG9RQh35yEdX_Mi3DM

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/banning-imprisoned-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-from-seeing-her-children-is-cruel-and-unlawful/

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/iranian-leaders-iran-censorship-banned-websites-middle-east-news-49029/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludovic_Trarieux_International_Human_Rights_Prize

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/08/iranian-authorities-should-stop-harassing-imprisoned-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR11k9vaKG0iBsBPGP-AzTN3OAKs6oOd5nSsgv6jBrRrInguGijAgmpF-qo (FARSI)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/regimens-metoder-biter-inte-pa-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (SWEDISH)

http://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur/nasrin-sotoudeh-f%C3%A5r-%C3%A5rets-tucholskypris-1.10274197 (SWEDISH)

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Iran: 9 Women Activists Summoned In Fresh Crackdown On Human Rights Activists

November 7, 2018

Hoda Amid

(Lawyer Hoda Amid)

Nine women activists were called to appear at Evin court, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Amir Raisian, a lawyer representing the activists told the state media that “This week the Evin court has sent a summons to a group of women activists, who are nine as of now but their number could increase.”
“The reason for the summons has been mentioned as “presenting some explanations” and we have no further information at this time,” he added.

A women’s rights activist who wanted to remain anonymous told IRNA that nine women have received the summons to appear at Evin on various dates next week.

Human rights monitors have detected a surge of crackdown targeting human rights and women’s rights activists in recent months, as part of an ‘escalating crackdown to quash Iran’s civil society completely’ and ‘leave human rights defenders in a suffocating climate of fear,’ according to Amnesty International.

“The arrests are happening within the context of the numerous protests that have been taking place in Iran since the beginning of this year,” said Mansoureh Mills, an Iran researcher at Amnesty International. “The authorities do this as a way to weaken the foundations of civil society which would otherwise provide support for people who want to take to the streets peacefully to voice their grievances.”

Tow women activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi, were released on bail yesterday.
Human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Hoda Amid was arrested at her home on September 1, just a day after the arrests of human rights lawyers Payam Derafshan and Farokh Forouzan. Payam Derafshan and Farokh Forouzan were arrested on 31 August while visiting the home of another recently jailed lawyer, Arash Keykhosravi, in the city of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/07/9-women-rights-activists-summoned-to-evin-court/

https://www.en-hrana.org/womens-rights-activist-hoda-amid-released-on-bail

https://iranians.global/womens-rights-activist-accused-of-being-anti-family/

https://iranwire.com/en/features/5625

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/09/14/no-information-where-womens-rights-activists-being-held/

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/09/iranian-environmentalists-arrested-whereabouts-unknown/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/attorney-must-be-released-from-prison-in-iran-while-case-is-under-appeal/

https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/femmes/21300-iran-neuf-femmes-militantes-des-droits-de-l-homme-conduites-a-la-prison-d-evine (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Protesters Sentenced in Unfair Trials – Human Rights Lawyer Arrested for Exposing Death in Detention

November 5, 2018

Saba Kordafshari,19, and Yasaman Ariyani, 23, have been sentenced to prison for peaceful protests. © 2018 Private

Iran’s judiciary convicted at least 24 protesters on vaguely defined national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Their prison sentences ranged from six months to six years.
They were among more than 50 people arrested on August 2 during a protest in Tehran about deteriorating economic conditions and corruption. On October 28, authorities also arrested a human rights lawyer who had been convicted to three years in prison for reporting a protester’s death in detention.
“Iranian government officials repeatedly advertise to the world that the repeated protests in the country signal that there are real freedoms in Iran, while these same protestors languish in prison for years,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Prosecuting peaceful protesters will only add fuel to Iranians’ boiling frustration and discontent with the situation.”

 

Three sources with close knowledge of the protesters’ cases told Human Rights Watch that prosecutors charged them with “assembly and collusion against national security” due to “participating in a protest without a permit that disrupted public order.” In the sentencing of at least two people, including Saba Kordafshari, 19, the evidence prosecutors presented was solely their social media posts reporting on the protest.

In reprisal for exposing Heidari’s death in custody and reporting that his body bore marks of torture and other ill-treatment, including cuts and bruises, the authorities arrested Mohammad Najafi, a lawyer. On July 26, Branch 2 of Arak’s criminal court sentenced Najafi to three years in prison for “disrupting public order through unconventional acts such as chanting slogans” and “publishing false information to disturb public opinion.” He began serving his sentence on October 28.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/05/iran-protesters-sentenced-unfair-trials

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/06/human-rights-watch-says-iranian-protesters-sentenced-in-unfair-trials/

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1400316/middle-east

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/11/06/Iran-convicts-24-protestors-including-two-women.html

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Le #CCBE veille au respect des #droitsdelhomme et de l’#étatdedroit dans le #monde.
Aujourd’hui, le CCBE a exhorté le président iranienHassan Rouhani حسن روحانی à libérer immédiatement l’avocat Mohammad Najafi, condamné à trois ans de prison et à la peine #inhumaine de 74 coups de fouet.

(Ccbe Brussels Facebook, 14/11/18)

Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Began His Three Years Prison Sentences

November 1, 2018

Mohammad Najafi

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi began his three years prison sentence in Central Prison of Arak. Mohammad Najafi has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing the state” and “publishing falsehoods” after he advocated for a young client, 22-year-old Vahid Heydari who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center.

“The rulings against me, Ali Bagheri and Abbas Safari were upheld without any changes: One year and 74 lashes for ‘disturbing the state,’ and two years for ‘publishing falsehoods,’” Najafi wrote in a Facebook post on October 18, 2018.
“The sentences against the other defendants, including six of my clients, were suspended for five years,” he added.

In January 2018, attorney Mohammad Najafi told media outlets that the authorities were trying to cover up the cause of the suspicious death of Heydari, who died in detention at the 12th Police Station in Arak sometime between the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018 by claiming he had committed suicide. Iranian authorities have claimed at least two other detainees “committed suicide” in custody in 2018: Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami and Sina Ghanbari.

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/01/human-rights-lawyer-mohammad-najafi-began-his-three-years-prison-sentences/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/iran-must-stop-imprisoning-lawyers-for-defending-their-clients/

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/lawyer-who-sought-justice-for-death-of-detainee-in-iranian-custody-sentenced-to-three-years-74-lashes/

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/08/mohammad-najafi-human-rights-defender-in-court/?fbclid=IwAR0okkk2X97vqgJBrEGfq3x_jzwNUGZ0rQeho91tkk66ydfu37IssTJO2dA (FARSI)

https://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/prisonniers-politiques/11899-iran-mohammad-najafi-avocat-des-droits-humains-a-commence-a-purger-ses-trois-annees-de-prison?fbclid=IwAR1zwm2tQKxjOmAmMx1Trs-6I4eImEM4wWc5y9m-TEX0ALErGEbHufVTHrI (FRANCAIS)

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(Ccbe Brussels Facebook, 14/11/18)

Iran/Sweden: Swedish PEN Award for Nasrin Sotoudeh

October 31, 2018

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The Swedish PEN gives the Tucholsky Prize for 2018 to Nasrin Sotoudeh. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. Nasrin Sotoudeh has been in prison since June 2018.

According to the Deuche Welle Farsi website, the Tucholsky award by Swedish PEN will be awarded to Nasrin Sotoudeh for 2018.

In a text published by the official website of the Swedish PEN Association said, “This year’s Swedish PEN gives Tucholsky prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer and writer, for her courage and her constant struggle to defend the voices that are in danger of censorship and silence in Iran.”

The Jury delegation said: “Nasrin Sotoudeh continues to fight for justice in defense of Iranian writers, journalists, and social activists in Iran.”

http://www.kampain.info/archive/25969.htm

https://iranintl.com/en/world/nasrin-sotoudeh-wins-2018-kurt-tucholsky-pen-award?page=1

https://pen-international.org/centres/swedish-centre

https://pen.org/advocacy-case/nasrin-sotoudeh/

https://www.voanews.com/a/in-tehran-new-hijab-protester-led-off-by-police/4635838.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

https://iranintl.com/%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%88/%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B7%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%98%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%82%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%A6%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%8C-%D9%88%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%88-%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%E2%80%8C%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1?fbclid=IwAR0xrDYatKIDFSgv-ULIyPaW2dO-kJ_-s8jtZb6l064ZV5MJnoIInyrUbFQ (FARSI)

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2493&artikel=7078230 (FARSI)

http://www.idhbb.org/fr-page3.callplt2018.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://www.svenskapen.se/senaste-nytt/2018/10/29/nasrin-sotoudeh-fr-rets-tucholskypris?fbclid=IwAR1YEhcwiT5WMg_dQiwNf2UBmB_Rg7k0DWl9sc1klduwt_27koUA1gbuSUo (SVENSKA)

http://www.menschenrechtsverein.org/index.php/cat/70/aid/11531/title/Iran:_Repressalien_gegen_Menschenrechtsanwaeltin_Nasrin_Sotoudeh_und_ihre_Familie (DEUTSCH)

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UIA PORTO Cérémonie de clôture du. congrès de l’Union Internationale des Avocats- Hommage aux Avocats persécutés dans le monde et à NasrinSotoudeh lauréate Prix @LudovicTrarieux 2018 #uiacongress

(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 03/11/18)

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Iran: Lawyer Who Sought Justice for Death of Detainee in Iranian Custody Sentenced to Three Years, 74 Lashes

October 29, 2018

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi (center in a blue suit) poses for a photo with some of his clients and colleagues at an unknown location in the city of Arak. Najafi has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for accusing local police of killing a young man who was taken into custody earlier this year. No one has been held responsible for the death of the detainee, 22-year-old Vahid Heydari.

10 Other Individuals Also Sentenced in Mass Trial

Less than a year ago, attorney Mohammad Najafi was advocating for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center. Nine months later, he has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for the charges of “disturbing the state” and “publishing falsehoods.”

“The rulings against me, Ali Bagheri and Abbas Safari were upheld [by the Appeals Court] without any changes: One year and 74 lashes for ‘disturbing the state,’ and two years for ‘publishing falsehoods,’” Najafi wrote in a Facebook post on October 18, 2018.

“The sentences against the other defendants, including six of my clients, were suspended for five years,” he added.

Najafi and Safari began their prison sentences in Arak’s Central Prison on October 28.

In January 2018, Najafi informed media outlets about the suspicious case of Vahid Heydari, 22, who died in detention at the 12th Police Station in Arak sometime between the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018.

Najafi told media outlets at the time that the authorities were trying to cover up the real reason for Heydari’s death by claiming he had committed suicide. Iranian authorities have claimed at least two other detainees “committed suicide” in custody in 2018: Iranian Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami and Sina Ghanbari.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/lawyer-who-sought-justice-for-death-of-detainee-in-iranian-custody-sentenced-to-three-years-74-lashes/

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/10/21/civil-rights-activists-sentenced-to-prison-and-flogging-for-attending-protests/

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5506-neda-yusefi-sentenced-to-one-year-in-prison-and-74-lashes

https://iranians.global/lawyer-who-sought-justice-for-death-of-detainee-in-iranian-custody-sentenced-to-three-years-74-lashes-human-rights-in-iran/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/iran-must-stop-imprisoning-lawyers-for-defending-their-clients/

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 31/10/18)

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Iran: Activist Teacher Abducted and Activist Lawyer Killed This Week

October 24, 2018

In other shocking news from Iran, the Manager of the Barresihaye Eghtesadi (Economic Studies) Magazine claims that Dr. Farshid Hakki, a lawyer and Scientific Advisor to the magazine was stabbed to death and burned.

Dr. Hakki was a candidate for the Tehran City Council. He was a member of the Sedaye Paye Ab environmental campaign in support of Zagros Mountain, and was the author of a number of books including “Human Rights for All,” and “The Political Economy of Human Rights.”

Abdolreza Davari, former Press Advisor for former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announced on Twitter, “Dr. Farshid Hakki was attacked near his home by unknown assailers and after being stabbed a number of times, his body was burned.”

A later tweet by Davari is quoted below:

1. Dr. Farshid Hakki went missing on October 17.

2. On Saturday night, his family is informed about the condition of his body; Knife wounds and the burning of the body.

3. At the same time, his family is banned from doing interviews ‘so that the murders don’t escape’.
According to sources, he was also a defender of child laborers, the homeless, and political prisoners. He signed many letters supporting political prisoners like Abdolfateh Soltani, the Iranian human rights lawyer, and the recently executed Kurd prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi.

State-run media identified his deatht as suicide and self-immolation, and went so far as to state that he had on many occasions expressed grievances to his family over their financial condition, and had “announced a number of times his decision to end his life.”

Tasnim state-run News Agency wrote, “Therefore, in light of the evidence, facts and documentation, and also according to the Medical Examiner’s Office, any kind of crime in the death of the deceased is rejected.”

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/human-rights/25432-iran-activist-teacher-abducted-and-activist-lawyer-killed-this-week?fbclid=IwAR0dIlNgG3TEpo9AqKNb0aSRJgaEzTyDGgE7wpYzLWbYkBnjNcuAYfytnlg

https://irannewswire.org/iranian-lawyer-and-economist-found-murdered-in-tehran/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-environmentalists-face-new-charge-death-penalty/29558029.html

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/terrorism/5435-iranian-lawyer-murdered-in-the-street.html

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/lawyer-vows-to-seek-justice-after-prominent-iranian-activists-corpse-found-burned-in-car/?fbclid=IwAR3FI9UbD_uH023vBMeTut-lts1uc9DUDiofCyDS3nblF5BjngRvmE8TjyI

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#Iranian #lawyer Dr. Farshid Hakki, defender of political prisoners and the #homeless, was murdered in October. It is imperative that Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی launch an investigation into Hakki’s murder and take all the necessary measures so that all#lawyers in #Iran may exercise #law #freely.

(Ccbe Brussels Facebook, 14/11/18)