Authorities should allow Masoud Shafii to travel and do his work
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) asked attention for the situation of Iranian lawyer Masoud Shafii in a letter to the Iranian authorities on 15 January. This lawyer represented three American hikers who were detained in Iran from July 2009 to September 2011. After their release, mr. Shafii’s house was searched and he was detained for some time. Subsequently, he received a travel ban and his passport was confiscated. He was furthermore prohibited to work as a lawyer in human rights cases.
This situation has lasted for almost three-and-a-half years at the moment. The CCBE called upon the Iranian authorities to return to Mr. Shafii his passport, to allow him to travel and to do his work in free from interference. Lawyers for Lawyers supports this call.
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