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Saudi Arabia: 5 Years On, Activist Still Behind Bars

April 15, 2019

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Saudi authorities should immediately release the prominent human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was sentenced in 2014 to 15 years in prison solely for his peaceful human rights advocacy, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Specialized Criminal Court (SCC), Saudi Arabia’s terrorism tribunal, convicted Abu al-Khair in July 2014 primarily for his comments to media outlets and tweets criticizing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, especially the country’s harsh sentences against peaceful critics. In addition to his 15-year sentence, the court also issued a 15-year travel ban and imposed a fine of 200,000 Saudi Riyals (US$53,000).

 

“Stifling peaceful dissent with outrageous sentences has shown the Saudi government’s lack of commitment to serious political and civil reform,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “A serious reform campaign, no matter how Saudi-funded public relations propagandists spin it, doesn’t entail locking up human rights defenders for 15 years for courageously speaking up.”
Abu al-Khair’s trial before the Specialized Criminal Court opened in October 2013. Following his fifth trial session on April 15, 2014, the interior minister issued a detention order, and Abu al-Khair has remained in detention since then. He is in al-Dhahban prison, north of Jeddah.
In its July 2014 decision, the court found Abu al-Khair guilty on six charges: “seeking to remove legitimate authority;” “harming public order in the state and its officials;” “inflaming public opinion and disparaging and insulting judicial authority;” “publicly slandering the judiciary, distorting the kingdom’s reputation, making international organizations hostile to the kingdom, and issuing unverified statements that harm the kingdom’s reputation and incite against it and alienate it;” “founding an unlicensed organization;” and violating Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law.
Abu al-Khair is a lawyer who has represented several others facing human rights violations as a legal advocate, and also founded Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, a human rights organization that published information about human rights issues in the kingdom.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/15/saudi-arabia-5-years-activist-still-behind-bars

HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to release human rights lawyer

https://www.ifex.org/saudi_arabia/2019/03/25/al-qahtani-mistreatment/

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

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/15/arabie-saoudite-cinquieme-annee-de-prison-pour-lactiviste-waleed-abu-al-khair?fbclid=IwAR39PqALljbp4s6mak76nEPU-aPkyK-qjQEXest7mqYKNozoB-xzgLm1e_8 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

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France/Iran: Le barreau de Paris soutient les avocats iraniens injustement emprisonnés

le 12 avril, 2019

Shirin Ebadi, avocate iranienne et prix Nobel de la paix en 2003, était reçue le 11 avril par le barreau de Paris pour une conférence exceptionnelle sur la situation des avocats iraniens.

En présence de plus de 400 avocats du barreau de Paris, de hautes personnalités, de parlementaires, d’élus de la mairie de Paris et d’ONG engagés dans la défense des droits de l’Homme, Shirin Ebadi a rappelé avec force la situation difficile des avocats iraniens, dont beaucoup sont aujourd’hui détenus pour avoir exercé leur métier, et avoir notamment défendu les libertés et droits fondamentaux des femmes iraniennes.

Le bâtonnier de Paris Marie-Aimée Peyron a exprimé toute la solidarité du barreau de Paris pour ces derniers en déclarant : « Le Barreau de Paris est soucieux de prêter son regard à celles et ceux dont les yeux n’osent plus s’ouvrir ». Marie-Aimée Peyron a également affirmé qu’« il convient de lutter ensemble contre la fin totale de l’indépendance judiciaire en Iran. » Elle a conclu son discours en égrenant le nom des avocats iraniens aujourd’hui incarcérés, et en rappelant que le barreau de Paris a placé l’une d’entre eux, Nasrin Sotoudeh, sous sa protection et l’a élu membre d’honneur.

Le vice-bâtonnier de Paris Basile Ader a ensuite lu le courrier que Nasrin Sotoudeh avait adressé la veille, par l’intermédiaire de son mari, au conseil de l’ordre du Barreau de Paris et aux barreaux de France. Nasrin Sotoudeh, avocate iranienne, a été condamnée le mois dernier à 38 ans d’emprisonnement et 148 coups de fouet pour avoir défendu des femmes ayant refusé de porter le voile.

Dans son courrier, Nasrin Sotoudeh dit sa joie d’être soutenue par ses confrères français. Elle dénonce les procédures et les peines injustes qui ont été prononcées contre elle et ses confrères iraniens par la justice de son pays. Elle rappelle son combat pour la défense des droits des femmes partout dans le monde et remercie le Barreau de Paris de son soutien en la matière.

https://www.lemondedudroit.fr/institutions/63727-barreau-paris-soutient-avocats-iraniens-injustement-emprisonnes.html?fbclid=IwAR39LPfVaq-xKChYGfRtRrSxmb1dswI6Zs1DRkd7jCCzObTedGqgMhspLiw

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.callplt2018.htm?fbclid=IwAR3xXBUnF_UpIPn1wqrwSd9XRHAsHGfsMw-GGAhAfAnY88wOWqC14we2GOI

https://www.bfmtv.com/international/iran-un-an-de-prison-pour-une-femme-ayant-proteste-contre-le-port-du-voile-1673184.html

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/fr/free_nasrin_loc/?wklhKbb (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

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

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-page3.callplt2018.htm (ENGLISH)

https://www.rferl.org/a/iconic-iranian-antihijab-protester-jailed-for-year/29879887.html (ENGLISH)

https://observatoryihr.org/pr/open-letter-to-ebrahim-raisi-chief-justice-of-iran/?fbclid=IwAR2LS02F86HqEK1HV7Sg9sRP24PJaNdmuclSev4Phfn3cFXumUQGo4FoDwg (ENGLISH)

https://milbankmonitor.com/iran-arrested-7000-in-crackdown-on-dissent-during-2018-amnesty/14/04/2019/ (ENGLISH)

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

https://brescia.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/19_aprile_13/camera-penale-nasrin-sotoudeh-socia-onoraria-b4c5767a-5dd3-11e9-89db-a8646a3a5dc3.shtml (ITALIANO)

https://www.bresciaoggi.it/territori/citt%C3%A0/la-camera-penale-%C3%A8-con-nasrin-sotoudeh-1.7265051 (ITALIANO)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/it/free_nasrin_loc/?wcRBdab (ITALIANO)

http://www.alanews.it/politica/tajani-apre-plenaria-liberta-per-sotoudeh/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/cronaca/pordenone-chiede-la-liberazione-di-nasrin-sotoudeh-/2/197080 (ITALIANO)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/es/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (ESPANOL)

http://www.la-razon.com/opinion/columnistas/heroinas-mujeres-nuestra-epoca_0_3128687121.html (ESPANOL)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/de/free_nasrin_loc/?waYkjbb (DEUTSCH)

https://www.factum-magazin.ch/blog/verfolgung-im-iran-nimmt-zu (DEUTSCH)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/po/free_nasrin_loc/?wqMXMab (PORTUGUES)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/nl/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (NEDERLAND)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/el/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/tr/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (TURKCE)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/pl/free_nasrin_loc/?wxKvbkb (POLSKIE)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/ru/free_nasrin_loc/?wNJqZlb (РУССКИЙ)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/ar/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (عربى)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/ct/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (CHINESE)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/jp/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (日本人)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/kr/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (한국어)

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/he/free_nasrin_loc/?slideshow (עברית)

#FreeNasrin

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Le 2 avril dernier, le Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Marseille s’est réuni et a voté́ une motion de soutien à l’avocate iranienne Nasrin Sotoudeh. Actuellement, cette avocate défenseure des droits de l’Homme paye une peine de 5 années d’emprisonnement et la justice iranienne vient de la condamner à une nouvelle peine de 33 ans de prison et 148 coups de fouet. Le Barreau de Marseille est éminemment concerné par cette situation et appelle à la libération de son confrère. Signez la pétition lancée par le CNB : chng.it/x5Fjg2N7Bj

(Barreau de Marseille Facebook, 16/04/19)

Zimbabwe/Swaziland: Mnangagwa tried to deport Beatrice Mtetwa

January 11, 2019

President Emmerson Mnangagwa led a ZANU PF election war room team that tried to deport to prominent Human Rights Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to her country of birth Swaziland during the height of the 2013 harmonised election campaign.

This was revealed by exiled Professor Jonathan Moyo in an expose’ on Econet Boss Strive Masiyiwa on Thursday.

Said Moyo, ” The full 2013 poll group had: Emmerson Mnangagwa (who chaired it), Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Patrick Chinamasa (deputy chair), Nicholas Goche, Gen Constantino Chiwenga, Augustine Chihuri, Happyton Bonyongwe, Walter Tapfumaneyi, Kizito Gweshe, George Charamba  and Jonathan Moyo.

“The group’s overarching agenda was to: 1. Contain  Sadc mediation, so it does not derail 2013 elections. 2. Ensure that Parliament is dissolved by 29 June 2013  and elections are held soon thereafter. 3. Get  Econet  and diamond companies to fund elections to avoid UN funding.

“Besides the three-pronged agenda, there were other daily issues that cropped up. One was a report that lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa had blocked a police raid on Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s Bath Rd offices in Belgravia. The group decided to have Mtetwa deported but this failed.”

Beatrice, a past president of the Zimbabwean Law Society,  was arrested for “obstructing or defeating the course of justice”. She was arrested in Harare on 17 March 2013 after she asked to see the search warrant of police officers who were conducting what she called an “unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic” search of the home of her client.

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-153364.html

https://www.zimeye.net/2019/01/11/charambas-role-in-2013-poll-group-exposed/

https://nehandaradio.com/2018/12/31/biti-case-brings-judiciary-under-spotlight/

https://www.law.ac.uk/blog/profile-beatrice-mtetwa/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3486400/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-beatrice-mtetwa

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

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

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

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Ludovic-Trarieux (FRANCAIS)

Iran: Lawyer Says Iranian Activist Khandan Released, Support Hunger Strikes Ended

December 23, 2018

Nasrin Sotoudeh was imprisoned this year.

Iranian activist Reza Khandan, the husband of imprisoned human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been released from custody in Iran, his lawyer said in a post on Facebook on December 23.

Lawyer Mohammad Moghimi wrote that following Khandan’s release, both Sotoudeh and activist Farhad Meysami ended hunger strikes that were partially motivated by support for Khandan.

Moghimi said Khandan was released on December 23 but did not provide details on the circumstances or conditions.

Khandan was detained on September 4 after he complained on Facebook about human-rights violations in Iran, including the imprisonment of rights defenders and the prosecution of women who have campaigned against the requirement to wear the Islamic hijab.

Khandan faced charges of acting contrary to Iran’s national security and promoting “anti-hijab” activities.

On December 2, Khandan refused to attend a hearing before a branch of the Revolutionary Court, arguing that the charges against him are political, so his trial should be held in open session before a jury at the Tehran Criminal Court.

Meysami’s hunger strike lasted 145 days. Sotoudeh began her hunger strike on August 25.

Sotoudeh, 55, was arrested on June 13 and ordered to serve a five-year sentence imposed on her in absentia in September 2016 for allegedly carrying out “activities against national security in collaboration with domestic and foreign antirevolutionary elements,” according to Human Rights Watch.

https://www.rferl.org/a/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/29672306.html

https://iranians.global/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

https://eaworldview.com/2018/12/iran-daily-political-prisoner-sotoudehs-husband-freed-from-detention/

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/lawyer-says-iranian-activist-khandan-released-support-hunger-strikes-ended/29672360.html

http://www.payvand.com/news/18/dec/1090.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/iranian-activist-reza-khandan-released-from-custody-lawyer

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

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights-justice/4712974.html?fbclid=IwAR1QdG55oHracUn-IOMS5ZA3kpq7Ij3-6SpWx3HFvznT77I2DbqpFoTJ6ds (FARSI)

https://ir.voanews.com/a/iran-human-rights/4712690.html?nocache=1&fbclid=IwAR0gluax4_ku174yDsJgvPz2_yqdosJtBBD8icMDLJFTuw_pePsLRpUn19A (FARSI)

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

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

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Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Regime’s Other Victims

December 13, 2018

Dhahban Central Prison opened a few weeks after our visit, and many of the kingdom’s highest-profile detainees — including Mr. Badawi and his former lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair — were transferred there. Four months later, the arrest Fahad had been dreading finally came, and he was jailed at Dhahban, too. He is now serving a five-year prison term for “inciting hostility against the state” via tweets. His sentence includes a 10-year travel ban, which will begin following his release, as well as a lifelong writing ban.

https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/global-citizenship/2324-right-livelihood-awards-to-visionary-global-citizens

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/dozens-of-prominent-activists-have-been-held-for-months-in-saudi-arabia-without-charge-and-the-spotlight-on-the-kingdoms-human-rights-record-is-stronger-than-ever-id9128452.html

https://rinj.press/news-rinj-press/november-2018/orange-the-world-release-women-critics-in-saudi-gulags/

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

https://arabi21.com/story/1140103/%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AD-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%84%D8%A9-%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%AA%D9%82%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF (ARABIC)

https://www.letemps.ch/culture/jessaie-deviter-paranoia (FRANCAIS)

https://www.24heures.ch/monde/moyen-orient/Le-Nobel-alternatif-honore-a-Geneve-trois-Saoudiens-emprisonnes/story/26149252 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waleed_Abu_al-Khair (FRANCAIS)

https://es.euronews.com/2018/11/24/tres-saudies-encarcelados-entre-los-galardonados-con-el-premio-nobel-alternativo (ESPANOL)

https://derstandard.at/2000092145354/Alternativnobelpreis-fuer-inhaftierte-Saudi-Aktivisten (DEUTSCH)

https://pt.euronews.com/2018/11/24/nobel-alternativo-distingue-ativistas-sociais (PORTUGUES)

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UAE/AI/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: Matthew Hedges: UAE called on to release dozens of free speech campaigners after UK academic’s pardon

November 26, 2018

Since 2011, the UAE has embarked on a “ruthless crackdown targeting human rights defenders, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists, apparently designed to stamp out all dissent in the country,” according to Amnesty International.

Rights groups are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release dozens of prisoners of conscience imprisoned in the country following the pardon of British academic Matthew Hedges.

Mr Hedges, a 31-year-old student at Durham University, was arrested in May while leaving Dubai airport after conducting research for his PhD thesis. He was charged with spying and held for five months in solitary confinement, before being sentenced to life in prison.

He denied all the charges, and following intense diplomatic pressure from the British government was granted a pardon by the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

But following his release, Amnesty Internationalhas called for a renewed focus on other detainees held in the UAE, and a “far more robust position from the UK in defence of human rights across the entire Gulf region.”

“Matthew’s ordeal is a reminder that the UAE is a deeply repressive country which ruthlessly suppresses free speech and peaceful criticism, and we should spare a thought for Emirati prisoners of conscience like Ahmed Mansoor or Mohammed al-Roken who aren’t getting a pardon today,” said Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director.

Dr Mohammed al-Roken, a human rights lawyer, was arrested in 2012 in what Amnesty described as a “grossly unfair” trial of 94 reformists known as the UAE 94.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-uae-pardon-free-speech-campaign-ai-amnesty-a8653031.html

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/matthew-hedges-pardon-huge-relief-goes-some-way-righting-wrong

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/matthew-hedges-pardoned-uae-spying-dubai-jailed-clemency-case-latest-a8651671.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al-Rukn

https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/

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

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

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

https://www.agoravox.it/Formula-1-negli-Emirati-Amnesty.html (ITALIANO)

Iran/Ludovic Trarieux Prize: اعتصاب غذای دوباره نسرین ستوده در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن به خواسته فرهاد میثمی

یک منبع مطلع به کمپین حقوق بشر در ایران گفت نسرین ستوده وکیل زندانی از تاریخ پنجم آذر ماه در اعتراض به رسیدگی نکردن مسوولان به وضعیت سامتی و بی‌توجهی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی فعال حقوق مدنی دست به اعتصاب غذای «تر» زده است.

به گفته این منبع، نسرین ستوده اعلام کرده تا زمان رسیدگی به خواسته‌های فرهاد میثمی، دست از اعتصاب خود برنخواهد داشت. این منبع به کمپین گفت خواسته فرهاد میثمی «آزادی بی‌‌قید و شرط رضا خندان» است که از تاریخ  بازداشت شده و در بند چهار زندان اوین به سر می‌برد.

خانم ستوده پیش از این در اعتراض به فشارها بر روی اعضای خانواده و فشار و آزار بر روی اعضای خانواده و دوستانش از تاریخ سوم شهریور تا ۱۱ مهرماه دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زده بود. این دومین بار است که پس از بازداشت خانم ستوده او دست به اعتصاب زده است.

فرهاد میثمی پزشک و فعال حقوق بشر یک روز پس از بازداشتش از تاریخ ۱۰ مرداد ۹۷ در اعتراض به بازداشت غیرقانونی‌اش دست به اعتصاب غذا تر زد. بعدتر پس از بازداشت ر ضا خندان و برخی از دوستانش از تاریخ ۱۷ شهریور ماه اعتصاب خود را به خشک تبدیل کرد و در پیامی که از زندان فرستاد خواستار آزادی بی‌قید و شرط آنها شد.

پس از وخامت حال میثمی، مسوولان بند چهارم زندان اوین او را روز چهارم مهرماه برخلاف میلش به بهداری زندان منتقل کرده و تاکنون در اتاقی در مجاورت بهداری تحت کنترل و با تزریق سرم نگهداری می‌شود.

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/nasrin-sotoudehs-hunger-strike/?fbclid=IwAR1M34usopd9vEaobxGL7TP2RZ8oSaYpVgbHE7FIuxT9NITO5fE0JFd5UMo

https://www.radiofarda.com/a/b1-moghimi-on-reza-khandan-and-nasrin-sotoudeh-cases/29622273.html

https://iranians.global/prominent-rights-activist-goes-on-hunger-strike-in-iran-prison/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (ENGLISH)

https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-doctors-protest/4675480.html (ENGLISH)

http://moderntokyotimes.com/iran-and-the-state-apparatus-that-crushes-dissent-elitist-oppression-and-evin-prison/ (ENGLISH)

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5604-nasrin-sotoudeh-begins-hunger-strike-in-evin-prison (ENGLISH)

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

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-index.htm (ENGLISH)

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

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/cinema-la-permission-le-combat-dune-iranienne-pour-disputer-le-match-de-sa-vie (FRANCAIS)

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

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