The Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reports on human rights violations in Iran. It has unsuccessfully sought legal registration since its formation in 2001. In December 2008 the CHRD was forcibly closed by the authorities but members continued to work. At least three members were detained following the presidential elections on 12 June 2009. In this case sheet Amnesty International calls on the Head of the Judiciary to reopen the Centre and to immediately release the three prisoners.
PLEASE CALL ON THE HEAD OF THE JUDICIARY TO:
reopen the Centre for Human Rights Defenders and end the harassment and intimidation of its members as well as all other human rights defenders in Iran;
immediately and unconditionally release Abdolfattah Soltani, Abdolreza Tajik and Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, as Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience;
in the meantime, ensure that they are not tortured or otherwise ill-treated, and are allowed immediate access to relatives, a lawyer of their choice and any adequate medical treatment;
drop all charges against members of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders that are connected to their peaceful and legitimate human rights work;
initiate an open and transparent investigation into the harassment of members of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, particularly the death threats against Shirin Ebadi.
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