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Iran/Sakharov Prize/European Parliament: Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

November 30, 2018

Sotoudeh Was Unable to Officially Receive the EU’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

In 2012, Sotoudeh was jointly awarded (along with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi) the EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought for peacefully advocating human rights in Iran. But she was never able to physically accept the award or cash prize that comes with it because she was in prison under trumped-up charges at the time it was issued, and because she has not left the country since being freed in 2016.

Sotoudeh is also currently facing a five-year prison sentence and three other charges. The new cha

The charges, all national security-related, are for Sotoudeh’s outspoken advocacy of human rights and willingness to take on politically sensitive cases as a defense attorney.

Her most recent imprisonment, which began in June 2018, occurred after she represented a woman facing imprisonment for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law by removing it in public.

Several other human rights lawyers have also been arrested and imprisoned in Iran this year in a widespread crackdown aimed at further limiting defendants’ due process rights.

To protest the unlawful judicial process and denial of the right to choose her own lawyer in her own case, Sotoudeh has refused to appear in court to hear any of the recent charges against her, said the source requested anonymity for security purposes.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/prominent-attorney-nasrin-sotoudeh-facing-additional-charge-for-defending-human-rights/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/laureates.html

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/11/30/imprisoned-lawyer-nasrin-sotoudeh-starts-new-course-of-hunger-strike-for-fellow-prisoner/

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

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

https://persian.iranhumanrights.org/1397/09/new-charge-for-receiving-sakharov-prize-for-nasrin-sotoudeh/?fbclid=IwAR1JZjJlTs-ehPpXxuJJIQ7jEL-rWD4m1u1EUA85mw6pvuZNiRkmCQKyhkA (FARSI)

https://www.women.ncr-iran.org/fr/infos-des-femmes/3478-nasrin-sotoudeh-entame-une-greve-de-la-faim-en-prison-en-iran?fbclid=IwAR0N-4yaqBsyaimLglwj6c-PE1W4l57lBe2AxUIdqdp2I1vBxhXDCzE-gpA (FRANCAIS)

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

#FreeNasrin

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Can Nasrin Sotoudeh, winner of the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize 2018 accept her award ?
New pressures from the Iranian authorities.

Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)…
In September 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for her commitment to human rights and the independence of the legal profession….

Nasrin Sotoudeh, lauréate du prestigieux Prix des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux 2018, pourra-t-elle accepter son prix?
Nouvelles pressions des autorités iraniennes. Nasrin Sotoudeh vient de se voir notifier une inculpation supplémentaire pour avoir prétendument reçu un prix en espèces de …

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/11/prominent-attorney-nasrin-sotoudeh-facing-additional-charge-for-defending-human-rights/

(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 01/12/18)

The #UN calls on #Iran to ‘immediately release all those imprisoned for promoting and protecting the rights of women’ including prominent activists #NasrinSoutoudeh #NargesMohammadi#HodaAmid #NajmehVahedi

(International Observatory of Human Rights Facebook, 01/12/18)

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Syria: Regional: On International Women’s Day, GCHR honours women’s rights defenders in the Gulf and neighbouring countries

March 8, 2018

On International Women’s Day, marked annually on 08 March, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) honours Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in the region and beyond. While remembering those who passed away, we celebrate those who continue the struggle. We stand in solidarity with their efforts while renewing our commitment to provide any possible support to WHRDs in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries to carry out their activism.

In 2018, women all over the world are still demanding their basic rights to equal participation and representation politically, socially and economically. Despite experiencing a severe backlash from state and non-state actors and other components of society, WHRDs and feminist groups and their organisations are becoming stronger. Demanding their rights, challenging stereotypes and raising awareness through physical and online campaigns.

Women continue to be at the forefront of human rights struggles in areas of conflict such as Iraq, Yemen and Syria. They are continuously being subjected to other layers of discrimination, segregation and gender-based targeting to weaken their determination, increase their vulnerability, shake their confidence and threaten their security. However, this has never succeeded in deterring them from defending their rights and the rights of others.

Highlights

In Syria, and precisely from Eastern Ghouta, Razan Zaitouneh, the head of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), winner of the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award of RAW in WAR (Reach All Women In War), remains enforceably disappeared for the fourth year, along with her three colleagues from VDC, including WHRD Samira Al-Khalil.

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1805

https://www.thenation.com/article/stop-the-slaughter-in-syrias-eastern-ghouta/

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

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/03/01/syrie-on-n-a-observe-aucun-tir-sur-les-couloirs-humanitaires-depuis-leur-mise-en-place-dans-la-ghout_1633148 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/livres/article/2017/10/26/a-la-recherche-de-razan-zaitouneh-icone-syrienne_5206070_3260.html (FRANCAIS)

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

http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=238488 (ESPANOL)

Venezuela/EU/Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought: Call for EU sanctions ahead of human rights award

December 12, 2017

2017 Sakharov Prize laureate Democratic opposition in Venezuela

The EU’s top human rights award will be officially presented to Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners on Wednesday.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought comes after deadly anti-government demos in the country earlier this year.

Last month, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opponent of President Nicolas Maduro, escaped house arrest and made it to Spain.

Speaking to Euronews, he says the EU needs to hit Venezuela with sanctions.

“Canada and the US have made sanctions against individuals, and not against the whole country. They’re meant to hit people in connection with drug trafficking, corruption and human rights violations. The EU too should follow this path,” Ledezma stressed.

“But there has been a step forward with the EU’s embargo on arms being used by the government of Nicolas Maduro to commit crimes against human rights.”

Venezuela is in crisis, with deep splits between supporters of Maduro’s socialist government and the opposition. The government rejects global criticism.

The Sakaharov prize – named after a Soviet scientist and dissident – is awarded annually. Last year, it was went to two Yazidi women who escaped the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

Wednesday’s ceremony will be held in Strasbourg.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/12/venezuela-call-for-eu-sanctions-ahead-of-human-rights-award

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/11/venezuelas-maduro-bans-opposition-parties-2018-election/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/home/the-prize.html

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-12-13/local-news/Sakharov-Prize-Venezuelan-winners-call-on-EU-for-urgent-humanitarian-intervention-6736182576

https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/sakharov-prize-opposition-leader-lashes-out-against-dictatorship-in-venezuela/

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/world/article/Venezuela-s-opposition-prisoners-win-EU-human-12426806.php

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/08/voices-of-opposition-in-venezuela

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-14/exiled-venezuela-prosecutor-says-maduro-war-on-graft-is-a-farce

https://www.amazon.com/Gonzalo-Himiob-Santom%C3%A9/e/B004AOMGD6

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

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/fr/home/the-prize.html (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.cncd.be/Le-vampire-de-Caracas-recompense (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/entretien-antonio-ledezma-opposant-venezuelien-nous-sommes-un-peuple-sequestre (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/es/home/the-prize.html (ESPANOL)

https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foro_Penal_Venezolano (ESPANOL)

Democratically elected mayor of Caracas, leader of the Venezuelan opposition, and political prisoner from 2015 until his escape last month – Antonio Ledezma works ceaselessly to fight for the freedom of his people.

Just yesterday, Ledezma and Julio Borges received the Sakharov Prize awarded by the European Parliament to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela.

We are honoured to have Antonio Ledezma speaking at the upcoming Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy 2018. #GS18

(Geneva Summit Facebook)

Venezuela/EU: EU Sakharov prize shortlist revealed

October 11, 2017

The Venezuelan opposition, a Guatemalan indigenous leader and an imprisoned Eritrean writer were shortlisted on Tuesday (10 October) for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

The parliament said the three finalists for 2016 are Guatemalan Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Venezuela’s democratic opposition and Swedish-Eritrean journalist and playwright Dawit Isaak.

The shortlist was decide by a vote by the members of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees.

Named after the dissident Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, who died in 1989, the prize is awarded every year to honour individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression, often falling foul of their governments as a result.

The winner, the Parliament said in a statement, will be chosen on 26 October by the presidents of the European Parliament’s political groups and Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic is a member of the Council of Ki’che’ Peoples, which fights to protect natural resources and human rights from the expansion of mining, logging, hydroelectric and agro-industry sectors, the parliament said, adding she has faced threats.

Also on the list is Venezuela’s democratic opposition, led by National Assembly leader Julio Borges and including all political prisoners who were also Sakharov finalists in 2015. The names of Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González are mentioned.

“The situation in Venezuela has been seriously deteriorating as regards democracy, human rights and socio-economy, in a climate of growing political and social instability,” it said.

http://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/eu-sakharov-prize-shortlist-revealed/

http://www.turkeytelegraph.com/world/venezuelan-opposition-again-finalist-for-the-sakharov-prize-h9569.html

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

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

Turkey: Pro-Kurdish HDP’s Demirtaş And Yüksekdağ Nominated By European Parliament For Sakharov Prize

September 16, 2017

The European Parliament (EP) has announced on Friday that the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdaş, who were jailed by Turkish government of autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are among the nominees for its prestigious Sakharov Prize, awarded each year in the name of freedom of thought.

The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) has nominated Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ for the prize to honor their work in defending human rights and fundamental freedoms in Turkey, according to a statement on the EP’s website. If awarded the prize, Demirtas will become the fourth Kurdish Sakharov laureate since the honor was established in 1988.

Turkish government arrested Demirtas, the co-chairperson of the HDP, and the party’s former co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ in November 2016 as the Erdoğan regime has accused them of ‘terror-related’ crimes. Charges prosecutors brought against the two politicians throughout numerous trials have ranged from insulting Erdoğan, collaborating with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), to working to divide the Turkish state with their speeches and political rallies. Both face more than a combined 150 years of imprisonment from their numerous trials.

https://stockholmcf.org/pro-kurdish-hdps-demirtas-and-yuksekdag-nominated-by-european-parliament-for-sakharov-prize/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20170911STO83546/sakharov-prize-2017-discover-the-nominees

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/9bf7384b-05d1-406d-94d2-b79d031423ba

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F

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

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)