Wife Of Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Sentenced For Accepting Human Rights Award On His Behalf

October 14, 2013

That there can be a risk in accepting (monetary) awards is demonstrated again by the case of Massoumeh Dehghan, retired teacher and wife of imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani in Iran. She told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her one-year prison sentence for accepting her husband’s human rights award has been upheld (suspended for five years, and five years’ ban on foreign travel).

Massoumeh Dehghan, who has never had any political activities, was arrested and detained for six days in July 2011 on charges of traveling to Germany and receiving the Nuremberg Human Rights Award on behalf of her husband. She was charged with “participation in earning illegitimate income through accepting a human rights award.” The prize had been awarded to Abdolfattah Soltani, and because he was banned from traveling abroad, his wife went to Germany and accepted the award on his behalf.

Hearing news of the release of imprisoned friends and Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh made us more hopeful about the new cabinet. I now hope that my husband and the other political prisoners are released. A president who wants to cooperate with the rest of the world must first establish cooperation with its own government, and it appears that this is the intention,” said Abdolfattah Soltani’s wife.  [Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer, was arrested on September 10, 2011. On January 8, 2012, a Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Pirabbasi sentenced him to 18 years in prison, exile to Borazjan, and 20 years’ ban on his legal practice on charges of “being awarded the [2009] Nuremberg International Human Rights Award,” “interviewing with media about his clients’ cases,” and “co-founding the Defenders of Human Rights Center.”].

It should be superfluous to add that the problem is not with giving of receiving awards, but with governments that cannot accept it and want to install fear in their own human rights defenders.

via Wife Of Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Sentenced For Accepting Human Rights Award On His Behalf | payvand ▪ Iranian.com.

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