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24 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed [official website] on Wednesday hailed the recent release [press release] of more than a dozen prisoners of conscience but urged the government to release hundreds of other prisoners detained "solely for … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy [official website] and Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton [official profile] on Thursday condemned [text, PDF] Iran for its treatment of minorities and called on the country to cease its discriminatory policies. She also expressed her … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 13 years of imprisonment by a Tehran Revolutionary Court [official website, in Persian; GlobaLex backgrounder], his daughter said Tuesday. Maede Soltani, who lives in Germany, was notified on Monday [Guardian report] about last week's ruling. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Friday criticized the government of Iran [press release] for the detentions and harsh sentences of human rights defenders. The Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, the situation of human rights in Iran, and the independence of judges and lawyers urged the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty by a Tehran Revolutionary Court [official website, in Persian; GlobaLex backgrounder] of spreading anti-government propaganda, his daughter confirmed on Sunday. In addition to his prison sentence, Soltani is … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison and banned from working as a lawyer and a teacher for 10 years after being convicted of seeking to overthrow the government. He had represented [AP report] some of the activists involved in the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobeLex backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Saturday sentenced Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammed Seifzadeh to nine years in prison and a 10-year ban from practicing law. Seifzadeh was charged [RFE/RL report] with acting against national security in establishing the Defender of … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] An Iranian appeals court has acquitted human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [Amnesty appeal; Wikipedia profile] of charges related to espionage after he spent seven months in prison, Soltani said Monday. According to Soltani, the appeals court held that there was "no proof" of illegal action on his part. Soltani … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A two-week UN conference [official website] to toughen the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons [text] failed to reach any agreement Friday, as the United States and Iran traded accusations of bad faith. The US and its allies said Iran stalled the process by objecting to a phrase … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] denounced Iran [press release] on Wednesday for threatening to prosecute the Iranian Center for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) [Wikipedia backgrounder], a human rights group based in Tehran founded by 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Last week, the Iranian Interior Ministry [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Interior Ministry [official website] of Iran [JURIST news archive] has prohibited a human rights group led by 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi [BBC profile] from operating in the country, saying the group has neglected to obtain an appropriate permit, according to Iranian media reports Saturday. The … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [Amnesty International appeal; Wikipedia profile] says he has received a five-year prison sentence for disclosing confidential information and engaging in propaganda against the regime, even though neither he nor his lawyers appeared in court or saw the primary evidence against him. Working with … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2006
by Christopher G. Anderson

[JURIST] Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said Monday that the resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website; JURIST news archive] Board of Directors to refer Iran to the UN Security Council was a "hasty and unjustified decision without any legal and technical basis." Interviewed … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the Democratic Republic of Congo will hold the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) [official website] for 2006 under an agreement reached by a five-nation panel assigned to develop a compromise to the tense standoff concerning the proposed Sudanese bid to chair the African regional … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The lawyer representing the family of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder], who died in Iranian custody in July 2003 amidst allegations of torture and abuse [JURIST report], was arrested over the weekend on charges of spying. Abdolfattah Soltani was leading an effort to reopen an investigation [JURIST report] … [read more]

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