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Iran/AI: Iran Vilifies Human Rights Defenders as ‘Enemies of the State’

August 18, 2017

The Iranian regime has increasingly focused on clamping down on anyone who speaks out against the human rights abuses of its ruling class. One of the key areas where this is demonstrated is in the trials of these individuals. Many lack basic legal representation, and the proceedings are brief. If they do have legal representation, there are often hurdles for them to meet with their lawyers and having access to court files delayed.

Human rights lawyers who speak out against torture and unfair trials have also faced harassment, disbarment, and imprisonment. Trials of human rights defenders generally take place in a climate of fear.

Amnesty International recently launched a global campaign ‘Brave’, calling for an end to attacks against those defending human rights worldwide.

“It is a bitter irony that as the Iranian authorities boast about their increased engagement with the UN and the EU, particularly in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, human rights defenders who have made contact with these same institutions are being treated as criminals,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran Vilifies Human Rights Defenders as ‘Enemies of the State’




Iran: Demands for justice in the 1988 massacre continue to grow in Iran

August 11, 2017

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With the rise of the 1988 Justice-Seeking Movement, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani was forced to dismiss his Justice Minister, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi from his cabinet.
Pour Mohammadi was part of the 1988 Death Committee and one of the main perpetrators of the massacre, which ended in 30,000 political prisoners being executed.

Yet, despite Rouhani dismissing Pour Mohammadi, it is clear that the thinking of the regime has not truly changed. This dismissal was simply window-dressing, whitewashing over the issue of the massacre altogether.

Political prisoners are being suppressed and those who are attempting to defend their right to speak out and peacefully protest are also being repressed. Human rights defenders have been sentenced to long prison terms, often on vague charges of being national security risks.

The proceedings where the sentencing takes place are often brief, barely following any type of legal international precedent for a fair trial. Anti-death campaigners Atena Daemi and Omid Alishenas were sentenced to 14 and 10 years’ imprisonment respectively, after a trial in March 2015 that lasted around 45 minutes. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to seven years each.

Human rights lawyers who speak out on behalf of these individuals, particularly the torture and unfair trials, are also facing relentless harassment, disbarment, and imprisonment. Demanding answers from the Iranian regime, especially accountability for these human rights violations, comes with real life costs for those determined to find justice.


Iran/AI: Release human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani now!

August 4, 2017

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شجاع او است که آزادى‌اش را فداى عدالت می‌کند

ایران باید مدافع حقوق بشر عبدالفتاح سلطانى را فورا آزاد کند
#مدافعان_ما_را_آزاد_کنید‏ ⁦ ⁦ https://t.me/Amnesty_International/290 ⁩

عبدالفتاح سلطانی، وکیل حقوق بشر، از ۱۹ شهریور ۱۳۹۰ به دلیل انجام حرفه خود و دفاع از حقوق بشر در زندان اوین است و دوران محکومیت ۱۳ ساله خود را می‌گذراند. او جایزه حقوق بشر کانون بین‌المللی وکلا را در سال ۱۳۹۳ و جایزه بین‌المللی حقوق بشر نورنبرگ را در سال ۱۳۸۸ دریافت کرده است.
عبدالفتاح سلطانی یکی از مؤسسان کانون مدافعان حقوق بشر در ایران است که مقامات در سال ۱۳۸۷ آن را غیر قانونی اعلام کرده و از ادامه فعالیت آن جلوگیری کردند.

Iran/AI: Iran vilifies human rights defenders as ‘enemies of the state’

August 2, 2017

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Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. 

Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack details how scores of human rights activists – often labelled “foreign agents” and “traitors” by state media – have been prosecuted and jailed on spurious “national security” charges, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of human rights reform raised during President Hassan Rouhani’s first election campaign. Some activists have been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars for simple acts such as being in contact with the UN, EU or human rights organizations including Amnesty International.

“It is a bitter irony that as the Iranian authorities boast about their increased engagement with the UN and the EU, particularly in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, human rights defenders who have made contact with these same institutions are being treated as criminals,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who led the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran, is serving a 16-year prison sentence also in connection with her human rights work. The criminal case against her was opened in reprisal for a meeting she had with EU’s former foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, on International Women’s Day in 2014. 



https://www.amnesty.be/infos/actualites/defenseurs_iran (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/iran-desprestigia-a-defensores-y-defensoras-de-los-derechos-humanos-calificandolos-de-enemigos/ (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2017/08/02/nemici-dello-stato-come-liran-perseguita-i-difensori-dei-diritti-umani/ (ITALIANO)

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She dedicated her life to defending human rights, and now Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to 16 years in jail as part of Iran’s crackdown on human rights defenders. ✍️Sign the petition to help free Narges>>http://bit.ly/2wmx1ey

(Amnesty International Canada Facebook)


Iran: Iran just gave foreign delegates a tour around a ‘luxury’ part of one of their most notorious prisons

July 13, 2017


Last week the Iranian authorities arranged a rare international visitto one of the country’s most infamous places of detention – Evin Prison in Tehran.

This visit wasn’t arranged for an international prison expert or a human rights body. It was for representatives of over forty foreign diplomatic missions from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The UK had a representative there.

The foreign delegates were shown around some limited areas of the prison, and there was a roundtable discussion, held outdoors in a lush garden. There are photos in circulation and you can see various countries’ flags perched on al fresco tables, the Union Jack amongst them. By the standards of diplomatic meetings, it all looks rather idyllic.

Away from these select parts of Evin, things are much bleaker. Research reveals widespread inhumane and unsanitary conditions. There’s chronic overcrowding, severely limited hot water, poor ventilation, and infestations of cockroaches and mice. Prisoners have described being forced to sleep on the floor because of a shortage of beds and being fed “barely edible” meals.

Meanwhile, the delegation was entirely barred from accessing areas of Evin controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, where detainees are routinely held in prolonged solitary confinement and tortured. Similarly, they weren’t allowed to see where the dozens of prisoners of conscience are held. This includes building 350, where the prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and severely-ill human rights activist Arash Sadeghi languish; building 8, which holds human rights activist Omid Alishenas; and the women prisoners’ wing where human rights activists Narges Mohammadi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi are serving their sentences.


http://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/2406-iran-les-prisonnieres-protestent-contre-la-visite-guidee-des-ambassadeurs-a-evine (FRANCAIS)

http://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/2410-iran-la-prisonniere-politique-maryam-akbari-monfared-ecrit-aux-visiteurs-d-evine (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Free Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Narges Mohammadi!

June 25, 2017

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In the spirit of compassion on this Eid al-Fitr holiday, let us urge Iran & Saudi Arabia to free all their political prisoners — including innocent and peaceful human rights activists like Narges Mohammadi and Raif Badawi.
#freenarges #freeraif

(UN Watch Facebook)

Iran: Imprisoned human rights lawyer Narges Mohammadi has undergone surgery

May 30, 2015

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Prominent imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi underwent surgery to stop severe abnormal uterine bleeding on May 29, according to the Center for Defenders of Human Rights. The hospital’s chief physician recommended Mohammadi remain under observation in the hospital until the bleeding ceases and she has fully recovered from the operation. Mohammadi is serving a 16-year prison sentence for her peaceful defense of human rights in Iran. She was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” and “propaganda against the state.” Learn more: http://buff.ly/2rk1cDM

(Center for Human Rights in Iran Facebook)