Conditional release of lawyer Soltani
On 21 November 2018 prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was conditionally released by Court order. This was reported by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.
Abdolfattah Soltani is a prominent human rights lawyer, and was spokesman for the Human Rights Defenders’ Center (CHRD). He co-founded this group with Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Shirin Ebadi.
On 4 march 2012 the Islamic Revolution Court has condemned Soltani to 13 years in prison. He was convicted on charges of “propaganda against the system”, “participation in founding the Human Rights Defenders Centre”, assembly and collusion against national security” as well as “earning illegitimate assets” through receiving the Nuremberg City’s Human Rights prize in 2009. This sentence was subsequently changed first to 13, then to 10 years in prison followed by first a 10 and then a 2-year ban on practicing law.
In 2013, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (A/HRC/WGAD/2012/54) ruled that Soltani’s detention was arbitrary and requested the Iranian authorities to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation, which included his immediate release and adequate reparation.
Mr. Soltani has repeatedly gone on hunger strike to protest against his prison conditions and demand his immediate and unconditional release. On March 26, 2018, he suspended his last hunger strike – undertaken five days earlier – at the request of thousands of civil society activists who were concerned for his life.
Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the release of Abdolfattah Soltani. We have been campaigning for the release of Mr. Soltani since his arrest. We have also campaigned for Soltani in 2006, when he was first arrested, by means of letter writing campaigns and drawing (international) attention to his situation through meetings and articles.
Meer nieuws uit Iran
Nasrin Sotoudeh released on bail after being arrested at funeral of Armita Garavand
Prominent human rights lawyer and women’s right activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on Sunday 29 October 2023 in Tehran while attending the funeral of 16-year-old Armita Garavand, who passed away a day earlier after nearly a month in coma. AfterLees verder
Joint statement: three years after being charged, three Iranian human rights lawyers’ are set to face trial
Lawyers for Lawyers has received information that Iranian lawyers Nazanin Salari, Mahmoud Taravtrouy, and Masoud Ahmadian are expected to be tried on 11 November 2023. Together with 10 organisations, L4L issued a solidarity statement before the trial. Human Rights lawyersLees verder
Joint letter: Urgent request for intervention in favour of Mrs Nasrin Sotoudeh
The undersigned organizations urge you to take concrete and urgent action in the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh, prominent and well-known lawyer and human rights defender . Download the PDF On Sunday, 29 October, the media broke the news that sheLees verder
Oral statement to Human Rights Committee on Iran
On 9 October, Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement on Iran during the 139th session of the Human Rights Committee. During the session, the Committee reviewed Iran’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and more in particular theLees verder