Abdolfatah Soltani Receives Nuremburg Human Rights Award

Sunday 14 December 2008

Change for Equality: Abdolfateh Soltani a human rights defender, lawyer and a member of the Organization for Human Rights Defenders has been selected as the recipient of the human rights award of the City of Nuremburg. Abdolfateh Soltani is one of the lawyers who have consistently represented political and civil society activists including many of the women’s rights activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, as they have faced security charges in court in relation to their activism. Mr. Soltani is also committed to human rights education and has consistently conducted human rights trainings and citizens rights trainings for social activists including several courses for activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign.

The city of Nuremberg was host to the first international tribunal addressing human rights violations committed during Nazi Germany. In honor of the role the city played in this respect an office of human rights, associated with the city municipality was established in the city in 1995. This office issues a human rights award every two years in recognition of outstanding human rights achievements. The award is given to those who at great personal risk work to defend human rights in their countries.

Abdolfatah Soltani represents his clients on a pro-bono basis, which is inline with the policy of Organization for Human Rights Defenders, of which Shirin Ebadi is also a member. Soltani has been imprisoned twice in relation to his human rights activities the last time was in 2005, where he remained in detention for over 5 months, the majority of which was spent in solitary confinement. Mr. Soltani was later acquitted on all charges related to this detention, but despite this fact, his passport has been confiscated and he has been unable to travel for 3 years. The Nuremburg Human Rights Award ceremony is planned for September 2008.


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