Archive for December 2012

A Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran: Still an Urgent Necessity

A Call by Dr. Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Laureate 
and 25 civil society Organizations
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a ‘standing invitation’ to the special procedures
but has repeatedly failed to respond to my requests that dates for a visit be set, despite an oral
exchange during the third session of the Council, several high-level meetings and an extensive

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No Celebration of 2012 World Human Rights Day in Iran

Roya Boroumand – Executive director, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
Huffington Post
Every year on December 10, countries around the world honor World Human Rights Day. This year, the United Nation’s focus was the right to all people “to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.”

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Human Rights Day 2012 – Reflecting on the Dire Circumstances of Lawyers in Iran

To claim that the Islamic legal system is not capable of integrating these scientific achievements and cannot arm itself with new weapons, is a catastrophe that must be averted with utmost vigilance and awareness…Behind the veil of legal words, there is a spirit which must be discovered and recognized and strived to achieve. Content must never be sacrificed for the sake of form and the end must not be sacrificed for the means…
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Human Rights Day 2012 Every Voice Counts

As we celebrate Human Rights Day this year, the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF) joins the United Nations in emphasizing the importance of the rights of all people to be able to express themselves freely. Help support the work of ABF and give a voice to the thousands of Iranians silenced by leaders who cannot tolerate dissent.
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UN top official calls on Iran to release human rights activist on long-running hunger strike

4 December 2012 – Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville announced today:  The High Commissioner for Human Rights is extremely concerned about Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally recognised lawyer and human rights activist, whose health is reportedly deteriorating.

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