Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh to stage sit-in outside Bar Association

Dear Compatriots and human rights activists,
The 2nd Branch of the Disciplinary Investigation Panel of the Bar has sentenced me, Nasrin Sotoudeh, lawyer, to a three-year ban on practicing law. Thus, I shall begin a sit-in outside the Bar Association on the morning of Tuesday 21 October 2014.

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Iran: Judicial harassment against human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights lawyer

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) of the judicial harassment faced by Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights lawyer known for defending juveniles facing death penalty, prisoners of conscience, human rights activists and child victims of abuse. She is a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), and winner of the 2012 prestigious Sakharov human rights prize awarded by the European Parliament.

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Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

Omid Kokabee

September 29, 2014— The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. Kokabee has multiple serious health problems and requires immediate medical attention. The Campaign has learned that Kokabee’s health is in great danger as he is suffering from heart, kidney, stomach, and dental illnesses.

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Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison

Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi

September 22, 2014 – Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a “shocking” amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi was allowed to have their first visit with her and her Washington Post reporter husband Jason Rezaian on September 7, and they were astonished at the couple’s appearance.

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Ban to Iran: Free the Journalists, Political Prisoners

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 – FP- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has directly appealed to Iran to release the Washington Post’s Iranian-American reporter, Jason Rezaian, and his journalist wife, Yeganeh Salehi, Ban told Foreign Policy in an interview on Friday.

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Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences

September 18, 2014- The youths involved in the making of the “Happy in Tehran” dance video set to Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” have all been sentenced, receiving suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison, with the exception of Reyhaneh Taravati, who received a suspended twelve-month prison sentence in addition to the suspended lashes, provided they do not engage in any “wrongdoings” during the next three years. The court ruling was unofficially announced in Tehran today, according to a source who told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the ruling.

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Hiva Alizadeh pleads guilty in Ottawa terrorism trial

Hiva Alizadeh, one of three men charged with terrorism-related counts after a 2010 RCMP investigation, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ottawa to explosives possession with intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

Sep 17, 2014 -CBC- Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, a man police called the ringleader of a group accused of plotting attacks in Canada, has pleaded guilty to explosives possession with the intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy and received a 24-year sentence as part of an agreement. He entered the plea in court in Ottawa on Wednesday under a deal agreed to by Crown and defence lawyers.
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As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

New Video Shows Gap between Rouhani’s Rhetoric and Reality on the Ground in Iran
September 17, 2014 – Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.

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Asian Games: Iran Football Official Suspected of Sexual Harassment

The man has not been taken into custody, but is being investigated. © AFP

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014 – sports.ndtv – Reported by: Associated Press – South Korean police is investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium. Seoul: South Korean police said on Tuesday that they are investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium near the host city of Incheon.

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UN : The Human Rights Council should create a new special procedure on the right to privacy in the digital age

September 13, 2014- In the context of discussions held at HRC 27 on “the right to privacy in the digital age”, FIDH advocates for the creation by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.
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