Protest the shutting down of the human rights office in Tehran

Azadeh Azad
by Azadeh Azad

Dear all,

As you may know, on Sunday, December 21, the police shut down the Tehran office of a human rights group headed by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Policemen in uniform and plain clothes raided the office, made an inventory of its contents, then sealed it off and told the staff to leave the premises without resistance. They did not show any judicial warrant. The human rights group had been scheduled to hold a belated celebration marking the 60th anniversary of Human Rights Day on December 10.

The closure marks a toughened crackdown on rights campaigners by the Islamic Republic that is in the habit of systematically violating human rights in Iran.   

Ebadi condemned Sunday's crackdown but vowed that human rights advocates would be unfazed.    

"Shutting down the office without a warrant is illegal and we will protest," she told Agence France Presse. "Obviously such a move does not have a positive message for other rights activists in Iran, but my colleagues and I will fulfil our duties under any circumstances," she said.   

To support the group and to protest the shutting down of the human rights office, please sign the following petition:

Or send your support to the following email address:

Thank you,



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Thanks Azadeh for posting.......

by Faribors Maleknasri M.D. (not verified) on

...but Mrs. ebadi does not posess the administrative permission. She can apply for it. May be she meets the conditions. then she gets it. However it is improbeble if she recieves a second Peace- Nobel - Preis. Getting the permission and continuing her activities she can then earn more. Not only in Iran. Has she already taken some steps, dobne anything for the human rights of Ghaza citizens? sure she has. Greeting

Arash Monzavi-Kia


by Arash Monzavi-Kia on

Thanks dear Azadeh, for the noble effort.

Happy holidays: Arash


I just signed it...

by Azarin in vacation (not verified) on

Thanks Azadeh jan for the info! I just signed it...Azarin

Masoud Kazemzadeh

condemning human rights violations

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

Dear Ms. Azadeh,

Thank you for publicizing this.  The following is our organization's condemnation of human rights violations by the fundamentalist regime:







David ET


by David ET on

They can shut down offices but not the hearts and minds of freedom seeking PEOPLE of Iran.

Our salvation is UNITY


so few signatures

by IRANdokht on

I hope more people pay attention to this petition 

Thank you Azadeh jan



Reopening of human rights center in Iran!

by 007 (not verified) on

Thanks Azadeh khanum!

It is sad :(

Adib Masumian


by Adib Masumian on

According to this site, they are supposed to reopen her office within the near future (keyword "supposed"):


Signed the petition regardless; thanks for posting.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

Merci Azadeh Jan

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks Azadeh for posting.