Mohammad Ali Dadkhah represented may supporters of the opposition and activists who were arrested after the presidential elections in 2009. He was also co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) in 2001.
On 4 July 2011, he was given a nine-year prison term and barred from working as a lawyer for ten years. He was charged with attempting to overthrow the regime. The charges are related to his representation of arrested protesters. His prosecution could also be the result of his involvement in the foundation of the DHRC, since other founders have been prosecuted for the same reason.
Examples are the lawyers Shirin Ebadi, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Mohammad Sharif and Abdolfatah Soltani. The DHRC is presently led by Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and Nobel laureate, who took the initiative for the foundation of the DHRC and had to leave Iran because of the many repressive measures of its government.
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association, and The Law Society submitted a joint written statement on the systematic and widespread arbitrary detention of lawyers and other human rights defenders in Iran to the United NationsLees verder
On 16 March 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers alongside Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and Front Line Defenders delivered an oral statement on the arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of human rights lawyers and defendersLees verder
The lawyer Mohammad Najafi, who has been unlawfully and unjustly imprisoned in Iran since 2018 on multiple convictions for his defense of basic civil and political liberties and is currently serving a 54-month prison sentence, should be freed immediately, LawyersLees verder
We are gravely concerned about the pattern of unlawful detention of human rights lawyers and defenders in Iran in violation of Iran’s international human rights law obligations. In a joint letter we elaborate our concerns about the unlawful detention ofLees verder