Law Society statement…
We presented a statement on Tanzania to the United Nations and NGOs as part of the universal periodic review (UPR) pre-sessions.
The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
We’re concerned about several cases of human rights violations involving members of the legal profession and human rights defenders in Iran. We’re concerned that the following cases illustrate a clear pattern of intimidation against lawyers in the exercise of their legitimate duties as human rights lawyers.
Mr Najafi is a human rights lawyer and activist in Iran who called for an investigation into the death in custody of his client, following reports of alleged torture and ill-treatment in December 2017.
In January 2018, Mr Najafi was arrested and detained by the authorities in prison, allegedly for his statements and investigation into the circumstances around the death of his client.
It’s been reported that Mr Najafi has been indicted with national security charges, including:
While in detention, Mr Najafi was denied access to a lawyer of his choosing allegedly on the basis of a controversial clause included in article 58 of the Iranian Code of Criminal Procedures.
Mr Najafi's lawyer reported in March 2018 that he could not represent his client because he was not included in the list of lawyers authorised by the judiciary.
We understand that Mr Najafi was released from prison in April 2018 and summoned to the Robat Karim Prosecutor’s Office. We’re concerned that his arrest and detention has impeded his legitimate duties as a lawyer, and that his recent imprisonment may be part of a continuous pattern of threat and intimidation aimed at silencing his legitimate work.
Mr Soltani is an Iranian human rights lawyer and founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran.
He’s been detained in Evin prison since 2011, serving a 13-year sentence for charges including:
We understand that under the same sentence, Mr Soltani has been banned from practising law for 20 years.
Mr Soltani started a new hunger strike in March 2018 to protest his unfair trial and sentence. We understand that Mr Soltani’s medical situation has worsened and that he remains in need of medical care.
Ms Mohammadi is a prominent human rights defender and journalist in Iran. She’s deputy head of the Defenders for Human Rights Centre (DHRC). We have previously sent letters to the authorities about allegations of judicial harassment against Ms Mohammadi in June 2015, September 2015 and August 2016.
Ms Mohammadi was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment on charges of being a member of the DHRC, participation in peaceful assembly, propaganda against the state and allegedly harming national security.
We understand that she has been denied access to adequate medical care, despite suffering from a serious neurological disease that has resulted in seizures and could lead to paralysis.
We urged the Iranian authorities to make sure that: