Iran Mohammed Ali Dadkhah convicted to 9 years in prison
Lawyer and co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was convicted to a nine-year prison sentence and barred from working as a lawyer for ten years on 4 July 2011. He was charged with attempting to overthrow the ruling system, according to semi-official news agency ISNA. Dadkhah represented many supporters of the opposition and activists who were arrested in the aftermath of the presidential elections in 2009.
Because other co-founders of the DHRC, all of whom are lawyers, are prosecuted or have already been convicted, the conviction may also relate to Dadkhah’s involvement in the human rights organization, which has been dissolved by the authorities. His colleague Mohammed Seifzadeh was convicted to a nine-year prison sentence for his part in the foundation of the DHRC in October 2010. Another co-founder, Adbolfattah Soltani, is awaiting trial in relation to his connection with the DHRC as well. Their colleague and initiator of the DHRC, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, saw herself forced to flee Iran.
Meer nieuws uit
Harassment of Lawyers Collective
On 11 July 2019, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the offices of the Indian human rights organisation Lawyers Collective and the homes of lawyers and founders of the organisation Indira Jaising and Anand Grover. This was reported by Frontline Defenders. Lawyers CollectiveLees verder
Event at Consulate in honor of L4L Award for Selçuk Kozağaçlı
On 10 July 2019 the Dutch consulate in Istanbul hosted a special event in honor of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award given to lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey. Kozağaçlı, who is currently serving a long prison sentence in Turkey, hasLees verder
L4L observed hearing in the CHD-1 trial
On 10 July 2019 representatives of Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), together with lawyers from France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland, observed a hearing in the so-called CHD-1 case. In this case L4L-award laureate Selçuk Kozağaçlı is one of theLees verder
UN HRC Resolution on Philippines
Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 11 July on the situation in the Philippines. The resolution expressed concern on reported cases of extrajudicial killings in line with the drug war, and alsoLees verder