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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Analysis of 40,000 recordings about AMIA bombing wins online journalism award

September 17, 2018

La Nacion takes prize for probe into audio Alberto Nisman used in his allegations of Argentina-Iran cover-up in Buenos Aires attack

An Argentine news outlet’s analysis of secret recordings about the bombing of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires beat out The Wall Street Journal and others to win an international journalism award on Saturday.

La Nacion, a daily, won the international Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association for excellence in audio digital storytelling for medium and large newsrooms.

Its “Prosecutor Nisman Phone Interceptions Mapped in Playlists” was developed through its data journalism website La Nacion Data and also was picked over The Guardian, KPCC public radio in Southern California and the Texas Tribune.

La Nacion Data Argentina analyzed 40,354 audio recordings that included information on which special prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his allegations that the government of former President Cristina de Kirchner cooperated with Iran to cover up the Islamic Republic’s role in the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Jewish center that killed 85.

The project included a two-year crowdsourcing effort to listen to 40,354 phone interceptions of the 986 hours of audio used by Nisman as the main evidence in his investigation; creation of a database with the 200 most important and relevant audios; and publication of those recordings in an interactive visualization tool.

(Argentina’s public prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, gives a news conference in Buenos Aires, May 20, 2009. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images))
The analysis conducted by 120 volunteers uncovered several pieces of information that had not been previously disclosed.

Nisman was found dead on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present his allegations concerning the Argentina-Iran agreement about the AMIA bombing. His allegations named the government of Kirchner as part of the cover-up of Iran’s role.

Whether Nisman’s shooting in his apartment was murder or self-inflicted has yet to be determined. Even though there is not a judiciary sentence yet, the current investigation is based on the hypothesis that the death of Nisman was murder, not suicide.





https://www.enlacejudio.com/2018/09/18/diario-premio-caso-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariopopular.com.ar/politica/revelan-detalles-desconocidos-del-celular-y-la-computadora-nisman-n367702 (ESPANOL)

https://www.rionegro.com.ar/argentina/las-seis-causas-en-las-que-esta-procesada-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-LD5720379 (ESPANOL)

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/amia-prix-journalistique-pour-une-enquete-sur-40-000-enregistrements/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.juriguide.com/monde-des-affaires/christina-kirchner-mise-en-examen-pour-les-cahiers-de-la-corruption-en-argentine/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)


Iran: Human rights defender Reza Khandan arrested and Nasrin Sotoudeh remains on hunger strike


September 17, 2018

According to reports received from Iran by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights defender Reza Khandan, husband of detained prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been arrested.

On 04 September 2018, Khandan was arrested almost two months after his wife Sotoudeh was arrested on 13 June. His lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said in a Facebook post, “This morning, 12/6/13, my client, Mr. Reza Khandan, husband of human rights lawyer Mrs. Nasrin Sotoudeh, was arrested at his home and at Branch 7 of Evin Prosecutor’s Office, three accusations were directed against him: assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the system, and spreading and promoting [the wearing] of no hijab in society. He was informed that a bail amount of 700 million Iranian Toman (USD$16,630) will be issued for him.” Later reports confirmed that he rejected the bail, and he is being held in Evin prison, the same prison as Sotoudeh.

Badges were found in the family’s home, saying “No to compulsory hijab,” which has led to the arrest of several prominent human rights defenders, including Dr. Farhad Meysami, a friend of Sotoudeh’s.

Sotoudeh went on hunger strike on 25 August 2018 to protest poor treatment of family and friends since her arrest in June. See: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1938 According to some other reports, the next day, three new charges were filed against her for “urging a referendum,” “assisting in the formation of house churches” and “organising protest rallies.”

On 13 June 2018, Sotoudeh was taken from her home in Tehran. During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are “propaganda against the state,” for allegedly being a member of LEGAM, an NGO opposed to the death penalty, and “assembly and collusion against national security.” On 15 August 2018, Sotoudeh was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia for the two charges as well as for “espionage”. She has appealed the conviction.

Reports suggested that her detention comes following her legal representation of women arrested in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory hijab law, and for criticising the judiciary.








https://ir.voanews.com/a/us-iran-rights-sotoudeh/4570390.html (FARSI)

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/06/rouhani-should-be-called-to-account-for-human-rights-abuses-in-iran-at-un-gathering/ (FARSI)

http://madame.lefigaro.fr/societe/en-iran-lavocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-poursuit-sa-greve-de-la-faim-120918-150503 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1946 (ARABIC)

https://www.dw.com/de/iran-kampf-um-aktivisten-im-hungerstreik/a-45461941 (DEUTSCH)

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Iran: Iran is Jailing and Threatening Human Rights Attorneys

September 13, 2018

Center for Human Rights in Iran

Seven human rights lawyers have been arrested in Iran since January 2018 as the state escalates its assault against its own legal profession and its flagrant violations of basic rights of freedom of expression and due process. “The authorities in Iran arrested these lawyers for the same reason all the other human right defenders are imprisoned—to prevent the effective defense of political prisoners and civil liberties in Iran,” said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI’s executive director, in a press release. Learn more here.








https://ir.voanews.com/a/us-iran-rights-sotoudeh/4570390.html (FARSI)

http://madame.lefigaro.fr/societe/en-iran-lavocate-nasrin-sotoudeh-poursuit-sa-greve-de-la-faim-120918-150503 (FRANCAIS)

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#AGCNB Vote à l’unanimité d’une motion de soutien pour la libération de l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

(CNB Conseil National des Barreaux Facebook, 15/09/18)

Iran/UIA: The UIA Urges an End to All Forms of Harassment against Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and her Family

September 10, 2018


The UIA expresses its grave concerns about the ongoing detention of Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and the 2012 recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize.


Ms Sotoudeh has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison since June 13, 2018. At the time of her arrest, she was reportedly informed that her detention related to her conviction in absentia to a five-year prison term. She has since been informed of several additional charges, including “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “spreading propaganda against the state”.
Ms Sotoudeh has long been committed to the defence of human rights and has represented several political prisoners, including women who have been arrested and prosecuted for peacefully protesting against the compulsory veiling in Iran. Shortly before her arrest, Ms Sotoudeh had also expressed criticism about the recent implementation of the Note to Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure, which requires individuals accused of certain offenses, including those national security related, to choose their legal representative from a list of lawyers approved by the Head of the Judiciary, clearly undermining their right to a lawyer of their own choosing.

On August 25, 2018, Ms Sotoudeh had reportedly started a hunger strike protesting her detention and the harassment of her family and friends by Iranian authorities following her arrest. A few days later, on September 4, 2018, Mr. Reza Khandan, Ms Sotoudeh’s husband, who has been informing about his wife’s situation and publicly campaigning for her release, was arrested. According to the information received, Mr. Khandan has been charged with “spreading propaganda against the system” and “colluding to commit crimes against national security.”






https://www.change.org/p/nasrin-sotoudeh-nasrin-sotoudeh-please-end-your-hunger-strike-iranians-need-you-alive?signed=true (PLEASE SIGN URGENT PETITION!)


https://diariojudio.com/noticias/iran-la-detencion-de-abogados-y-activistas-de-los-derechos-de-las-mujeres-indica-una-intensificacion-de-medidas-represivas-contra-la-sociedad-civil/277878/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2018/09/10/iran-e-caccia-agli-avvocati-cosi-le-autorita-zittiscono-il-dissenso/4607416/ (ITALIANO)

France/Iran: France regrets arrest of husband of Iranian rights lawyer

September 6, 2018

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France’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it regretted the arrest of the husband of a detained Iranian human rights lawyer, a rare criticism that is likely to irk Tehran at a time of strained relations.

Reza Khandan is married to Nasrin Sotoudeh, an activist lawyer who served about half of a six-year jail sentence imposed in 2010 for spreading propaganda, then was arrested again in June.

Khandan, who had campaigned for his wife’s release, told Iranian media then she was facing security charges. He said on Facebook on Monday he had been called in for questioning by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, and when he objected he was told, “Then you’ll be arrested”.

“France regrets the arrest in Tehran of Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement. “We remain very concerned about Mrs Sotoudeh, who started a hunger strike on Aug. 25, and we hope she and Mr. Khandan are released quickly.”

France rarely comments publicly on human rights issues in Iran. It is now working with Britain and Germany to save a 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which was thrown into disarray when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the accord in May and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran.












https://www.change.org/p/nasrin-sotoudeh-nasrin-sotoudeh-please-end-your-hunger-strike-iranians-need-you-alive?signed=true (PLEASE SIGN URGENT PETITION!)


https://ir.voanews.com/a/france-on-iran-reza-khandan/4561760.html (FARSI)

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/amnesty-international-reza-khandan-nasrin-sotudeh/29471669.html (FARSI)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/iran-les-arrestations-davocats-et-de-militants-des (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/iran-lpoux-de-lavocate-dfenseure-des-droits-humain (FRANCAIS)

https://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/prisonniers-politiques/11724-iran-les-autorites-accusent-reza-khandan-le-mari-de-la-militante-des-droits-civiques-emprisonnee-nasrin-sotoudeh (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2018/09/iran-husband-of-hunger-striking-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.corriere.it/facce-nuove-lepri/18_settembre_07/iran-senza-velo-fahrad-meysami-a999f2a8-b2ac-11e8-af77-790d0c049f1d.shtml (ITALIANO)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/iran-mensenrechtenadvocaten-en-vrouwenrechtenactivisten-aanhoudend-onder-vuur (DEUTSCH)

https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/detido-no-irao-marido-de-advogada-dos-direitos-humanos-ja-na-prisao-9805058.html (PORTUGUES)

https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/aktivis-iran-mogok-makan-dan-minum-dalam-penjara/4560960.html (INDONESIAN)

Iran: Husband of hunger-striking human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh arrested

September 4, 2018

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Responding to the arrest in Iran this morning of Reza Khandan, the husband of prominent jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said:

“First the authorities jail Nasrin Sotoudeh on bogus charges, then harass, intimidate and threaten her family and friends, and now arrest her husband. These callous actions illustrate the lengths to which Iranian authorities will go to silence human rights lawyers, even targeting their families.

“The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release both Nasrin Sotoudeh and Reza Khandan. They must drop all charges against them and stop their harassment of this family once and for all.

“The international community, including the EU given its ongoing dialogue with Iran, must condemn in the strongest terms the arbitrary arrest and detention of both Reza Khandan and Nasrin Sotoudeh, and do everything in their power to expedite the release of these two human rights defenders.”

Reza Khandan’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, said in a Facebook post that after his arrest, Reza Khandan was taken to the Office of the Prosecutor in Tehran’s Evin prison where he was charged with “spreading propaganda against the system” and “colluding to commit crimes against national security.” He has also been accused of “promoting the practice of appearing in public without a veil” because of his support for the Iranian women’s campaign against forced veiling (hijab).


Prior to his arrest, Reza Khandan had raised concerns on Facebook about human rights violations in Iran, including the imprisonment of human rights defenders and the prosecution of women who have campaigned against forced veiling (hijab).



















http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/09/05/iran-arrestation-du-mari-d-une-avocate-des-droits-de-l-homme_1676761 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2018/09/iran-husband-of-hunger-striking-human-rights-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-arrested/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariovasco.com/agencias/201809/04/denuncia-detencion-marido-abogada-1252229.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.eldiario.es/politica/AI-denuncia-detencion-Nasrin-Sotudeh_0_810869586.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20180904/451623716148/ai-denuncia-la-detencion-del-marido-de-la-abogada-irani-nasrin-sotudeh.html (ESPANOL)

http://iranjournal.org/news/reza-khandan-sotoudeh (DEUTSCH)

فیلیپ لوتر، مدیرتحقیقات بخش خاورمیانه و آفریقای شمالی عفو بین الملل در واکنش به بازداشت امروز رضا خندان، همسر وکیل برجسته حقوق بشر نسرین ستوده، گفت: «مقامات ایران ابتدا نسرین ستوده را با اتهامات واهی زندانی کرده‌اند، سپس دوستان و خانواده اش را مورد آزار و اذیت و ارعاب و تهدید قرار داده‌اند و حالا هم همسرش را بازداشت کرده‌اند. این اقدامات بی رحمانه نشان ‌می‌دهد که مقامات ایران تا چه اندازه عزم خود را جزم کرده‌اند که صدای وکلا و مدافعان حقوق بشر را خفه کنند و حتی خانواده های آنها را هدف قرار دهند.»
مدیرتحقیقات بخش خاورمیانه و آفریقای شمالی عفو بین الملل افزود: «مقامات ایران باید فورا و بدون قید و شرط نسرین ستوده و همسرش را آزاد و آنها را تبرئه کنند و یک بار برای همیشه به آزار و اذیت این خانواده پایان دهند.»
محمد مقیمی، وکیل رضا خندان، در در صفحه فیسبوک خود نوشته است که در شعبه ۷ دادسرای اوین سه اتهام «اجتماع و تبانی علیه امنیت ملی»، «تبلیغ علیه نظام» و «اشاعه و ترویج بی حجاب در جامعه» به موکلش تفهیم و قرار وثیقه به میزان ۷۰۰ میلیون تومان برای ایشان صادر شده است.

پیش از دستگیری، رضا خندان در فیس بوک خود مطالبی در مورد موارد مختلف نقض حقوق بشر در ایران، از جمله بازداشت مدافعان حقوق بشر و تعقیب قضایی کسانی که به حجاب اجباری در ایران اعتراض کرده‌اند، نوشته بود.
او همچنین فعالانه برای آزادی همسرش نسرین ستوده که از تاریخ ۲۳ خرداد در بازداشت به سر می‎برد، اطلاع رسانی کرده بود. نسرین ستوده در زندان اوین است و مورد اتهامات بی اساس امنیتی از جمله «توهین به رهبری» و «اقدام علیه امنیت ملی» قرار گرفته است. اساس این اتهامات دفاع او از زنانی است که به خاطر اعتراض مسالمت آمیز به عمل تبعیض آمیز و تحقیرآمیز حجاب اجباری تحت تعقیب کیفری قرار گرفته‌اند. او از سوم شهریور در اعتراض به حبس غیرعادلانه‌اش و آزار و اذیت خانواده و دوستانش دست به اعتصاب غذا زده است.
عفو بین الملل روز قبل هم با انتشار بیانیه ای به بازداشت سه وکیل و یک فعال حقوق زنان در طی روزهای گذشته اعتراض کرد و گفت مقامات ایرانی با این بازداشت‌های غیرقانونی به دنبال سرکوب کامل جامعه مدنی و قرار دادن مدافعان حقوق بشر در جوی سرشار از ارعاب و خفقان هستند.

(Human Rights in Iran-Amnesty International حقوق بشر در ایران- عفو بین الملل Facebook, 4/9/18)

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Iran: Lawyers Payam Derafshan and Farrokh Forouzan arrested

August 31, 2018

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/06/attorneys-payam-derafshan-and-farrokh-forouzan-were-arrested/ (FARSI)

https://www.hra-news.org/2018/hranews/a-16807/payam-derafshan-farrokh-forouzan/ (FARSI)

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/iranian-attorney-hoda-amid-arrested/29465425.html (FARSI)






https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2018/09/iran-arrests-of-lawyers-and-womens-rights-activists-signal-intensifying-crackdown-on-civil-society/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/iran-mensenrechtenadvocaten-en-vrouwenrechtenactivisten-aanhoudend-onder-vuur (NEDERLANDS)