Mohammed Olyaeifard has stood up for juveniles who have been sentenced to death. The Sharia, Iranian authorities claim, would hold that boys become adults by the time they are 15 and may be judged accordingly from then on. There is much opposition against this view, and Olyaeifard has become one of the most vocal critics of death penalties imposed on minors.
Olyaeifard served a prison sentence from 1 May 2010 until 18 April 2011. In February 2010, he was convicted because of an interview in which he spoke out against the execution of one of his clients, Behnoud Shojaee. Shojaee was 17 years old when he committed the murder he was hanged for, and thus a minor under international law.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, has reportedly been handed a new sentence of 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. The sentence, reported on her husband Reza Khandan’s Facebook page on 11 March, brings herRead more
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 forRead more
On 13 June 2018, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran. She was transferred to prosecutor’s office of Evin prison. It was reported that she was informed that she will be imprisoned for five years. Lawyers forRead more