Abdolfattah Soltani: Prisoner of the day

International Bar Association's Human Rights Award

Irish Times: International support and political pressure are crucial for those inside Iran fighting for human rights, according to the lawyer for Abdolfattah Soltani, who yesterday was awarded the International Bar Association’s human rights award.

Mr Soltani is in Evin Prison after being charged with a number of offences, mainly arising from co-founding, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, the Defenders of Human Rights Centre. This offered legal aid and representation to those who could not afford it or found it difficult to access because of the risks involved, particularly members of religious minorities, journalists, women and student activists.

The award was received on his behalf by his daughter, Maedeh Soltani, and his lawyer, Mahnaz Parakand, both of them now living outside Iran.

Ms Soltani told The Irish Times her father’s office had been broken into and he was arrested in September of last year, when he was preparing to defend members of the Baha’i faith. He was sentenced to 13 years and is being sent to a prison 1,200km from Tehran, making it difficult for his family to visit him, she said. He was also mistreated in prison, but this abated after he received an award from the Nuremberg Human Rights Office.

In a letter read to the conference by Ms Parakand, Mr Soltani said: “The ugly truth is that the political establishment in Iran, in many cases by using a few non-independent judges, has turned the whole judicial system into a tool for implementing their own wishes. They are using these courts as a heavy hammer to suppress the legitimate and legal demands of the population.”


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His Freedom and all other Prisoners of Conscience Freedom

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

As well as seeing justice for the living is goal #1, followed by justice for the families of the many dead,

Death to IRI is an understatement for this satanic power that ridicules and humiliates the people of Iran to impose its views which were made without anyones say or any cultural basis.  What is Sad to realize that the west doesn't give a damn about the human rights of iranians and though they care about stopping a nuclear program.  And then there are those who just love the values of the west, after clearly seeing and becoming aware that their fellow countrymen and women are being tortured and raped at the hands of the values of the west and their inhuman hypocrissy, which brought and keeps extremism in power.  Hurrrah Western Democracy! Hurrah Insincerity and Lies!  Hurrrah Purchasing position and reputation!



Down with IRI

by MM on

The political prisoners are the front line against the IRI.



Mr. Soltani: A symbol of dignity, courage and humanity....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Of the entire Iranian nation, imprisoned by the cowardly Islamo fascist rulers of Iran, on borrowed time.

Freedom for Mr soltani and all political and religious prisoners of the Islamist Regime is the basic demand of every single individual and organisation who is fighting for a secular, democratic Iran, post islamist regime. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


درود بر تمام زندانیان سیاسی


 ننگ بر آنانیکه از این زندانیان شجاع برای هدف شخصی خود سؤ استفاده میکنند

Iranians of all walks of life taking a stand for their freedom and just rights.  They are to be commanded and supported by all freedom loving folks.


  Iranians need to stand united in their support for these brave souls, support their goals and aspiration for a  free independent and prospers Iran. 

 Foreign nations which thru their apartheid policy practice the same insanity and unjust detentions cannot be a good example for the future of Iran and need not to apply. 


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



درود بی پایان بر همه ی زندانیان سیاسی



 مُلک ایران زنده از فریاد توست


راهی روشن برای مبارزان راستین


چرا ایرانیان از آخوند ها متنفر شده اند



I have no doubt

by Truthseeker9 on

the glorious day of the liberation of iran is not far off, and the criminals in charge and their agents will face their own judgement day. 

Mona 19

پیامی از این وکیل زندانی...

Mona 19

... خطاب  به اتحادیه کانون‌های بین المللی وکلای دادگستری

. من از درون زندان کشوری با شما سخن می گویم که منشور شهیر حقوق بشر کورش بر تارک تاریخ آن میدرخشد ومدارا با ایرانی و غیر ایرانی و صاحبان عقاید گوناگون را ترویج می کند و این مضمون در اندیشه‌ها و سروده‌های اندیشمندان و شعرای بزرگی همچون مولوی و حافظ موج میزند. اما افسوس که امروز هر کجا فهرستی از ناقضان حقوق بشر فراهم آید نام آن در صدر لیست قرار می گیرد.




Free Soltani Now!

by shahrvand2 on

The last person who should speak for a decent and principled man like Soltani is the regime's full time resident apologist who probably sends these lovely missives every hour or so from the vicinity of the holy shrine in the city of Karbala. He would be a hypocrite, if he lived anywhere else. Wouldn't he?

First Amendment


by First Amendment on

I have no doubt that Mr. Soltani agrees with me when I declare our honorable Bahai hamvatans the innocent victims of the Zionist occupation of their Sacred Land................The glorious day of the liberation of Haifa is not far off..............our Bahai fellow citizens deserve nothing shy of self-governance in their ancient land..........I have no doubt.....


Regime change for Soltani's sake

by Fred on

Regime change by Iranians for Iranians is the only way to end the bloody 34 year reign of the doggedly anti-human rights Messianic Islamist Rapists, “reformers” and all.

Backbreaking airtight sanctions plus air/naval quarantine is a must.