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Iran – Sentencing after appeal of Abdolfattah Soltani (June 14, 2012)

France strongly condemns the 13-year prison sentence handed down after appeal to Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani, a human rights lawyer and the 2003 recipient of the French Republic’s Human Rights prize.

The Iranian justice system’s remorseless treatment of human rights defenders, in particular the former members of the Defenders of Human Rights Center founded by Ms. Shirin Ebadi, of which Mr. Soltani was a member, is especially troubling.

France condemns the continuation of this policy which runs counter to Iran’s international commitments, notably the right to freedom of opinion, recognized by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran freely subscribed.


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