Iran Lawyers fight for their prosecuted colleagues
13 December 2010

Iran Lawyers fight for their prosecuted colleagues

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) published an interview with the Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi on the occasion of Human Rights Day, Friday 10 December 2010. In the conversation, she clarifies the problems for human rights lawyers in Iran. “The biggest challenge is that the Iranian government does not want to comply with its own international obligations.” When the Secretary-General of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Mohammad Javad Larijani, spoke to the UN in New York recently, he said that the Iranian government does not silence lawyers for their defending of human rights defenders and other sensitive cases, but because they threaten state security by talking to foreign media. “Giving interviews to foreign press who are not Iranian is not a crime. […]The truth is that the Iranian government is not inclined for news about its human rights violations to be published and for the world to know about what is happening inside Iran.”

Besides this interview with Shirin Ebadi, the IHRDC also published a witness statement by Shadi Sadr and a background study regarding the criminal law system in Iran. In her witness statement, Shadi Sadr extensively explains how she was prosecuted and how she was prevented from doing her work properly. See the IHRDC website for more information.

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