The Law Society of Upper Canada condemns the persecution of human rights lawyers and activists in Iran.
On October 29, 2010, Mr. Seifzadeh was sentenced to 9 years in prison and a 10 year ban on practising law by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Iran, on charges of "assembly and collusion against national security". Mr. Seifzadeh is known for his human rights work with the Defenders of Human Rights Center (also known as the Centre for the Defence of Human Rights) in Iran, which works to defend the rights of women, prisoners of conscience, political prisoners and minorities in Iran.
Reliable reports indicate that while Mr. Seifzadeh was appealing this decision, he was arrested and imprisoned in the North Western city of Urumiyeh and denied access to his lawyer. In September 2011 Mr. Seifzadeh was additionally charged with "propaganda against the state", and on February 20, 2013, Mr. Seifzadeh received a new sentence of six years in prison. He remains detained in Evin prison in Tehran, in worsening medical condition.
The arrest of Mr. Seifzadeh is related to the systemic approach by Iranian officials to silence hundreds of activists and opposition members many of whom have been sentenced to prison or death. In the past, the Law Society of Upper Canada has repeatedly condemned the harassment of lawyers in Iran, including the treatment of Shirin Ebadi, Saleh Kamrani, Nasser Zarafshan, Nasrin Sotoudeh and Abdolfattah Soltani, by raising its concerns with the Iranian authorities about the ongoing human rights violations against lawyers.
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