Joint statement on Iran to UN Human Rights Council
We've joined with notable organisations for a session with the special rapporteur on Iran at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The organisations we've joined with for this session are:
- the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (the IBAHRI)
- the International Commission of Jurists (the ICJ)
- Lawyers for Lawyers
- Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
What's the issue
We express deep concerns at the arbitrary arrests and detention of lawyers and others sentenced to exorbitant prison terms for legitimately carrying out their professional activities.
We draw special attention to the cases of lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh and Amirsalar Davoodi, who remain imprisoned and were excluded from COVID-19 prisoner release programmes.
Their imprisonment means that access to justice for citizens in Iran is restricted.
We're alarmed by the widespread violation of fair trial guarantees, including the denial of access to a lawyer of one’s own choosing, as well as the recent application of the death penalty in Iran.
We also condemn Iran’s non-compliance with international standards on conditions of detention and reports of torture of those critical of the regime.
What we've asked for
We urge the Iranian authorities to:
- immediately and unconditionally release Nasrin Sotoudeh, Amirsalar Davoodi and other lawyers who remain in prison after conviction in an unfair trial
- pending release, ensure compliance with international standards on conditions of detention
- ensure that lawyers and others can carry out their profession free from undue interference, including judicial harassment
- establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty, pending abolishment
- comply with its international legal obligations in respecting, guaranteeing, and protecting human rights
Special consultative status
We have special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Special consultative status provides non-governmental institutions with access, not only to ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, and to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations.
We've held special consultative status since March 2014.