Abdulfatah Soltani Banned From Travel

Monday 12 October 2009

Abdulfatah Soltani, lawyer and human rights defender, who was recently released from prison was banned from travel. It had earlier been announced that Mr. Soltani had been awarded the Nuremberg Human Rights Prize. He was on his way to Germany to take part in the award ceremony in is honor, when he was stopped at the airport and prevented from travel. Soltani had been banned from travel for several years and his passport had been confiscated. Ten days prior to his planned departure he had managed to receive an order from the security branch of the Revolutionary Courts, to allow for the issuance of a passport, after which he applied for a passport and made arrangements for travel. At the airport he was informed that he was being prevented from travel due to an order by the same security branch of the Revolutionary Courts which had earlier issued an order allowing him to obtain a passport. Abdulfatah Soltani is a well respected human rights defender and lawyer and a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, he was arrested on June 17, 2009 and spent 17 days in solitary confinement. He was released on a 100 Million Toman Bail order (roughly $100,000) on August 27, 2009. Soltani has defended many of the activists in the One Million Signatures Campaign and has conducted trainings on citizen’s rights for Campaign activists as well activists involved in other social movements.


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