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Iran: UN Rapporteur: Freedom of Expression in Iran is More Restricted

August 18, 2019

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed. In his second report in six months, he expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s “food and drug safety.” Javid Rahman submitted his second report to the UN General Assembly on Friday and it emphasized that in the past year freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed and human rights abuses have continued.

Rahman said that the information was provided by various sources including non-governmental organizations. He has also contacted representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran. his report highlights the devastating impact of natural disasters over the past six months from flooding that occurred in a significant part of Iran’s territory. Concerns have been raised about the impact of sanctions on “food security, food availability, and the availability of medicines and medical equipment” in Iran. The UN report emphasizes that sanctions had the greatest impact on the lives of ordinary people in Iran.

Rahman then examined the human rights situation in Iran over the past six months and emphasized that the right to freedom of expression, the right to liberty and the right to a fair trial in Iran have been restricted. He also reported harassment of human rights activists, minorities, especially Baha’i citizens of Iran, lawyers, journalists, labor activists, and women protesters who have been forced to wear the hijab. The UN report cited a decline in executions in Iran– five deaths per year– but says Iran still tops the list of countries with the highest number of executions.

Increasing pressure on human rights activists

Another part of the report referred to the intimidation of human rights lawyers, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, who defended women protesters about a forced veil in Iran. She was sentenced to five lashes and a long prison sentence. Eight prominent human rights lawyers were subsequently arrested for defending political prisoners and human rights activists, including Amir Salar Davoodi, who was sentenced to imprisonment and four lashes.

UN Rapporteur: Freedom of Expression in Iran is More Restricted




Heavy sentences for women’s rights activists condemned internationally





https://www.csdhi.org/index.php/actualites/repression/12984-selon-le-rapporteur-des-nations-unies-la-liberte-d-expression-en-iran-est-de-plus-en-plus-restreinte (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ohchr.org/FR/HRBodies/SP/CountriesMandates/IR/Pages/SRIran.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/milano/milano-mette-velo-1741063.html (ITALIANO)


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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

Preparations are now well underway for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (DOTEL) on Pakistan for January 24, 2020. At a preparatory meeting about 16 to 20 participants representing the Foundation of the Endangered Lawyers Day, AED, International Association of Peoples Lawyers, ELDH, CCBE, CBE, Institut des Droit de l’Homme, several Bar Associations, Avocats sans frontiers, Law Society, CNB have decided to dedicate the Day of the Endangered Lawyer to the solidarity with endangered lawyers in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, since our Brussels meeting our Pakistani colleagues continue to face chronic danger and a risk of serious harm.  They continue to be subjected to acts of violence, and very recently a lawyer was seriously assaulted by a judge during a trial, which led to a local strike („Black Day“) of lawyers lasting at least a week: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-lawyers-strike-continues-for-sixth-consecutive-day/   At the national level there have been a number of strikes by lawyers, especially in solidarity with two judges who have been under attack by Pakistan President Arif Alvi.  The latest national strike organized by the Pakistan Bar Council was held on July 13th:   https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-pbc-gives-call-for-countrywide-strike-on-july-13/  Invidual lawyers, like high-profile lawyer Saif-ul-Malook who represented Asia Bibi (the famous woman who was on death row for blasphemy), continue to face a high risk of death or physical harm: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-the-pakistani-lawyer-putting-his-life-on-the-line/.

Lawyers‘ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) reports that they will  invite the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg to host and finance an event on January 24th and to bring one or two lawyers from Pakistan. LRWC has started a paper on Pakistan focused on two needs: to effectively prevent and punish the murder of lawyers through protective measure and proper investigations, prosecutions and trials and second to develop pan Pakistan education to promote religious diversity and tolerance. They will also invite the Law Society of Ontario to hold an event.  As well, at the beginning of July the G7 Bars Meeting was held in France, with representatives of the Bars of France, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, England & Wales and Italy, representing 1.8 million lawyers.  They adopted 20 proposals to G7 governments, including one: „Commit to support actions marking the Day of the Endangered Lawyer and to encourage other countries to do likewise.“  The New Zealand Law Society has the honour of publishing the first article about DOTEL 2020, which they did in mid-July: https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/pakistan-new-zealand-pakistan-the-focus-of-2020-day-of-endangered-lawyer/




Groups Urge Human Rights Focus During Pakistan PM Visit



Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Iran/France: Hautes-Alpes : les avocats du barreau des Hautes-Alpes solidaires envers l’Iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 23 juillet, 2019

Nasrin Sotoudeh est une avocate iranienne. Elle a été condamnée à de la prison et des coups de fouet pour avoir défendu les droits des femmes dans son pays. Bien évidemment la communauté internationale se lève contre cette décision à l’image des avocats des Hautes-Alpes et de leur bâtonnier Philippe Lecoyer. A l’occasion du passage du Tour de France à Gap, ils espèrent bien se faire entendre :






https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-lawyer-sentenced-to-over-29-years-in-prison-iran-ua-94-19/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9557897/iran-executions-cia-spies-death/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.nessunotocchicaino.it/notizia/iran-arrestate-e-condannate-a-morte-spie-della-cia-50308477 (ITALIANO)

http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/mobile/La-Spezia/Cultura-e-Spettacolo/-Nasrin-Sotoudeh-Una-vita-per-difendere-alla-Dante-289874.aspx (ITALIANO)


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Le Barreau des hautes alpes mobilisé pour soutenir,à l’occasion du passage du Tour de France notre consœur iranienne, condamnée par la justice de son pays à 38 années de prison et 148 coups de fouet pour avoir défendu la cause de femmes ayant refusé de porter le voile. La banderole « Nasrin free » fait actuellement le tour des Barreaux de France à l’instar des coureurs cyclistes

(Philippe Lecoyer Facebook, 23/07/19)

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UAE: 7th anniversary of imprisonment of rights lawyer Mohammed Al-Roken

July 17, 2019

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Today marks a sad anniversary: the 7th year of imprisonment of Mohammed Al-Roken, an Emirati lawyer committed to the defense of human rights and the rule of law. The UIA reiterates its request to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates: secure the immediate and unconditional release of our colleague! #UAE #FreeAlRoken #UIAIROL #Lawyers4Lawyers

(UIA Facebook, 17/07/19)




The Dark Side of the UAE








http://echr.org.uk/ar/news/بسبب-عمله-الحقوقي،-الدكتور-محمد-الركن-يدخل-عامه-السابع-في-سجون-دولة-الإمارات (ARABIC)

http://www.libertas.sm/notizie/2017/11/13/san-marino-la-camera-penale-al-premio-ludovic-trarieux.html (ITALIANO)

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L’evento, dal titolo “Nasrin Sotoudeh, una vita per difendere”, è dedicato a far conoscere e a dare voce all’avvocata iraniana Nasrin Sotoudeh, la quale è detenuta perché tutela nel suo Paese i diritti umani, in generale, e quelli delle donne, in particolare.

L’iniziativa consiste nella lettura a tre voci (due femminili e una maschile) di lettere e interventi di Nasrin Sotoudeh che descrivono in ordine cronologico il suo percorso umano e professionale: si parte dalle lettere inviate ai figli, al marito, al capo della Magistratura iraniana e dal ricordo di Haleh Sahabi (figlia di un noto attivista iraniano per i diritti umani), scritti nel 2011, durante il primo periodo di detenzione; si prosegue con la lettera dell’11 dicembre 2012 (composta in occasione del conferimento del Premio Sacharov) e il messaggio del 22 giugno 2018 (scritto dieci giorni dopo essere stata di nuovo arrestata per il suo sostegno alle donne che, a Teheran, lungo il Viale Enghelàb – ribattezzato “Viale della Rivoluzione” – hanno manifestato contro l’obbligo di portare in pubblico il velo (hijàb) e alla battaglia per l’abolizione della tortura) e con la lettera con la quale ha commentato la sentenza di condanna emessa nei suoi confronti l’11 marzo 2019 dal Tribunale Islamico Rivoluzionario; si finisce con il messaggio inviato alla Presidente dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Parigi, Marie-Aimée Peyron, letto, nel corso della conferenza tenuta l’11 aprile 2019 alla “Maison du Barreau” di Parigi, dal Premio Nobel per la pace Shirìn Ebadì, avvocata e attivista per i diritti umani iraniana in esilio.

Alla lettura della testimonianza – contenuta negli scritti sopra menzionati – delle ragioni per cui Nasrin Sotoudeh si batte da sempre, è affiancata quella del testo della sentenza con la quale, in data 11 marzo 2019, il Tribunale Rivoluzionario Islamico l’ha condannata alla pena di anni trentatre e mesi sei di reclusione e centoquarantotto frustate.







https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-berlin-protest-irans-political-repression/a-49501155-0 (ENGLISH)

https://herald.report/solidarity-march-for-a-free-iran-on-6-july-2019-in-berlin/ (ENGLISH)

https://iranhumanrights.org/2019/07/un-seriously-concerned-over-irans-consistent-pattern-of-denying-prisoners-medical-treatment/ (ENGLISH)

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/iran-off-hijabs-hard-liners-push-back-64334862 (ENGLISH)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/07/iran-cruel-campaign-to-extract-propaganda-confessions-from-protesters-against-compulsory-veiling/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/practice-areas/human-rights/lso-expresses-concern-over-global-human-rights-violations/277066#.XS8Kl4Ty_4Y.twitter (ENGLISH)

http://www.presseagence.fr/lettre-economique-politique-paca/2019/07/04/draguignan-un-geste-de-soutien-a-nasrin-sotoudeh/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.be/je-veux-agir/agir-en-ligne/ecrire-des-lettres/article/un-avocat-condamne-a-plus-de-29-ans-de-prison (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/avant-le-rendez-vous-de-biarritz-un-g7-des-avocats-a-ete-organise-a-paris-20190712 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesechos.fr/monde/enjeux-internationaux/premiere-reunion-des-avocats-du-g7-1038488 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.de/mitmachen/urgent-action/menschenrechtsanwalt-zu-gefaengns-und-stockhieben-verurteilt (DEUTSCH)

http://mietspiegelnews.com/kultur/Im-Iran-einige-nehmen-Ihre-hijabs-als-hard-Liner-push-zuruck-h26570.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/irans-gedwongen-bekentenissen-hoofddoek (NEDERLANDS)

https://inosmi.ru/politic/20190710/245446299.html (RUSSIAN)


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France/Iran: Le soutien du barreau de Draguignan à l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh

le 4 juillet, 2019

Le regard déterminé de Nasrin Sotoudeh s’affiche désormais sur le mur du parvis du pôle culturel Chabran.

Cette avocate iranienne de 55 ans, lauréate du prix Sakharov du Parlement européen, a été condamnée par les autorités iraniennes à trente-trois ans de prison et 140 coups de fouet, pour incitation à la débauche.« Elle a commis deux crimes, a indiqué ce jeudi le bâtonnier Philippe Schreck. Celui d’être une femme, celui d’être une avocate, mais aussi celui d’avoir défendu des jeunes filles iraniennes coupables d’avoir ôté leur voile en public. »Ce jeudi soir, le barreau de Draguignan s’est associé au barreau national français, pour saluer son courage et exiger sa libération.Et pour que ce combat soit plus largement connu, la communauté Dracénie Provence Verdon a mis à disposition ce lieu culturel symbolique.« Il accueille 1.500 personnes par jour, a indiqué Olivier Audibert-Troin, et nous inaugurons en quelque sorte le mur des libertés. »Maître Nasrin Sotoudeh est inscrite depuis le mois de mars dernier au tableau de l’ordre des avocats, comme membre honoris causa du barreau dracénois.
« Nous nous battons pour la libération d’une avocate dracénoise », a conclu Me Schreck. 


https://www.change.org/p/lib%C3%A9rez-l-avocate-iranienne-nasrin-sotoudeh-freenasrin (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)





https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-free-nasrin-satoudeh-now/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-nasrin-sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

http://www.ghandchi.com/2748-kaspar-schoppe-english.htm (ENGLISH)

https://herald.report/solidarity-march-for-a-free-iran-on-6-july-2019-in-berlin/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-berlin-protest-irans-political-repression/a-49501155 (ENGLISH)

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/en/lawyer/amir-salar-davoodi-3/ (ENGLISH)

https://share.america.gov/iran-increases-persecution-of-writers-lawyers/ (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh (ENGLISH)

https://www.lawyerpress.com/2019/06/28/la-fundacion-abogados-de-atocha-las-abogadas-nasrin-sotoudeh-y-umit-buyukdag-y-la-asociacion-pallapupas-premios-valors-2019-de-la-abogacia-catalana/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.ravennanotizie.it/articoli/2019/07/03/avvocati-e-magistrati-di-ravenna-ricordano-collega-nasrin-sotoudeh-detenuta-nelle-carceri-iraniane.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/la-spezia/cultura-e-spettacolo/-nasrin-sotoudeh-una-vita-per-difendere-alla-dante-289874.aspx (ITALIANO)

https://www.iltempo.it/lavoro-adn-kronos/2019/07/08/news/iran-premio-nobel-shirin-ebadi-guerra-nucleare-non-ci-sara-1185871/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.donaukurier.de/lokales/eichstaett/Einsatz-fuer-drei-Frauen;art575,4239410 (DEUTSCH)


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Merci à OLivier Audibert Troin et à l agglomération pour leur soutien dans ce combat pour la liberté et l égalité #barreaudedraguignan

(Ordre Des Avocats Draguignan Facebook, 4/7/19)

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#CRBO Réunion de la Conférence Régionale des Bâtonniers de l’Ouest à#SaintMalo (Ille-et-Vilaine) les 5 et 6 juillet 2019. À Saint-Malo, ville ouverte sur le monde, devant la mer sans limite, celle-là même qui baigne aussi les côtes persanes, autre berceau de grands explorateurs, les Bâtonniers de l’Ouest expriment leur soutien à l’Avocate iranienne Nasrin Soutoudeh. Le Barreau de Saint-Nazaire est représenté par les Bâtonniers Emmanuel Kierzkowski-Chatal, Bruno Denis et Benoît Gaborit.

(Ordre des Avocats de Saint-Nazaire Facebook, 6/7/19)


Italy: Barbarie, brutale aggressione ad un altro avvocato, la vittima è Stefania Valente. Tutti attorno a lei


Un’aggressione ai danni di un avvocato di Gela, Stefania Valente, subita mentre era da sola, e portava a spasso il proprio cane nei pressi della sua abitazione. Un’aggressione vile, codarda, perché compiuta nei confronti di una donna e perché  concepita e posta in essere approfittando di un momento in cui lei, essendo sola, non avrebbe mai potuto difendersi adeguatamente. Un’aggressione inconcepibile, ma che, purtroppo, è l’ennesima  subita da un avvocato. Ultimo episodio, da noi narrato, l’incendio doloso dell’auto di proprietà del presidente del Consiglio dell’Ordine di Siracusa, utilizzata dalla moglie, anche lei avvocato, che anche per questo ha sentito il bisogno di esternare subito la propria solidarietà alla professionista.  Lei, Stefania, un avvocato conosciuta e riconosciuta come preparata, seria, aperta ad un contributo alla professione forense al di là del proprio particolare. È presidente dell’associazione degli avvocati matrimonialisti di Caltanissetta, superimpegnata nell’associazione presieduta dal collega Gian Ettore Gassani, che ha annunciato che sarà al fianco della collega per tutto l’iter processuale. Il fatto comunque è estremamente grave, anche perché dalle prime indagini, secondo quanto rivelato da alcune testate, sembra che l’aggressione sia legata all’attività professionale svolta dall’avvocato, a cui va la solidarietà dell’editore, del direttore e della redazione tutta. Un grazie anche al maresciallo dell’Arma Marco Lazzaro, che ci ha per primo informato dell’accaduto, non mancando di sottolineare la propria vicinanza all’avvocato, alla quale è legato da rapporti di amicizia. Gli stessi che, in questo momento, sentono per lei molti avvocati italiani, e certamente tutti i lettori le lettrici di questa testata.


La Camera minorile vicina all’avv. Valente. Gli avvocati combattono su diversi fronti, le istituzioni ci tutelino

Gela, avvocato aggredito: solidarietà da colleghi e amici

Gli avvocati del Consiglio dell’ordine condannano aggressione a collega, “valuteremo azioni a tutela”

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Italian Defense Lawyers, Judges and Law Professors targeted because of their function.

(Avvocati minacciati / endangered Lawyers Facebook, 6/6/19)