Human Rights House of Iran – The Court of Appeals handed down the ruling of 6-years in prison for human rights activist Narguess Mohammadi.
Nargues Mohammadi who served as Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Center was handed down a revised sentencing by the appellate court. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir-Abassi had handed down an 11-year prison sentence for this activist; 5 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” 5 years for “being a member of DHRC” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.”
The 11-year prison term has now been reduced to 6 years behind bars. Per a report by DHRC, the new sentence was issued on January 15th and on March 4, 2012 it was announced to her lawyer.
The day before the announcement was made by the court of appeals, another member of this organization was handed down his sentence at the preliminary court.
Judge Pir-Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed down an 18-year prison sentence to Abdolfattah Soltani, an award winning human rights lawyer and speaker of DHRC. Soltani is a co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, and three other lawyers.
Five prominent lawyers established the DHRC in 2001 and in 2003 the organization received the Human Rights Prize from the National Human Rights Institution of the French government.
On January 9, 2009, without warning, security agents raided the offices of the organization and illegally closed down its doors. Since then, members have been subjected to constant threats against their security and acts of harassment and intimidation.
During the past 3 years government security agencies have demanded that members resign from DHRC, write confession letters and make false televised confessions against the organization and its Chairperson, Shirin Ebadi. They have been told on numerous occasions that if they continue with their refusals to do so, they will be faced with further pressures and punishments.
The regime has gone through with its threats. DHRC members have been fired from their work place; they receive constant threatening phone calls at their home; have been illegally accosted and transferred to security agencies; been threatened with their safety. Members have faced arbitrary detentions and received heavy sentences.
Mohammadi was arrested by security forces in June 2010 and released on bail three weeks later. She was awarded the 2009 International Alexander Langer Award for demonstrating “outstanding civil, cultural, or social commitment.”
There is evidence of an atmosphere of another round of intensified pressure on human rights activists in the country along with international disputes and increasing domestic dissatisfaction.
Human Rights House of Iran