human rights defenders

May 7, 2012

UN STATEMENT: Independent UN Experts Urge Iran to Ensure Protection for Rights Defenders

UN STATEMENT: Independent UN Experts Urge Iran to Ensure Protection for Rights Defenders In a statement released today, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya, and Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul condemned the Iranian government’s practice of targeting and prosecuting human rights defenders. “The conviction and extremely harsh sentencing of human rights defenders is an indication of mounting repression against the legitimate ... read more
November 4, 2010

Life of Jailed Human Rights Lawyer at Great Risk

Life of Jailed Human Rights Lawyer at Great Risk (4 November 2010) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, should immediately intervene with Iranian authorities to ensure the physical well being of detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. On Sunday, 31 October, Sotoudeh, one of Iran’s most prominent human rights lawyers went on a dry hunger strike protesting her detention and ill treatment inside Tehran’s Evin prison. Her ... read more
September 21, 2010

Ahmadinejad’s Media Blitz Unfolds as Young Activists Receive Harsh Sentences

Ahmadinejad’s Media Blitz Unfolds as Young Activists Receive Harsh Sentences While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proclaimed Iran’s respect for human rights and freedoms during his current New York media blitz, several prominent young Iranian students, human rights defenders, and journalists received harsh jail sentences in recent days, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. In several cases, young Iranians have been jailed for “insulting the President,” the Campaign emphasized. Overall, at least 500 ... read more
December 29, 2009

Release Emadeddin Baghi and All Arbitrarily Arrested

(29 December 2009) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called for the immediate and unconditional release of leading human rights defender Emadeddin Baghi, who was among numerous journalists and reformists detained on 28 December along with over 1,000 others, in the wake of violent crackdowns on Ashura protests. Also detained was the sister of Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Dr. Nooshin Ebadi. Baghi, one of the top human rights defenders in Iran who has ... read more