European Bar Associations Award 2019 Human Rights Prize to four Iranian LawyersPublished by Ali on November 29, 2019
International Liberty Association (ILA): The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) on Thursday, 29 November, 2019, announced that its human rights award for 2019 goes to the four Iranian lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh, Abdolfattah Soltani, Amirsalar Davoudi, and Mohammad Najafi. Lawyers Nasrin Sotudeh, Mohammad Najafi and Amirsalar Davoudi are imprisoned in Iran for expressing their opinion and for defending their clients, including civil activists, human rights defenders and ethnic minorities. Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was released from prison last year after almost a decade of imprisonment.
According to ILA, The statement by CCBE president says: “I am delighted to inform you that you have been selected as the winners of the CCBE Human Rights Award 2019 for your outstanding and tireless commitment in favour of human rights in Iran. The CCBE believes that your courage, determination and commitment to defending human rights in Iran – where all forms of opposition, be it ideological or political, are not tolerated – deserve the recognition of the European legal profession”.
International Liberty Association is delighted that the four Iranian lawyers are awarded, and takes this opportunity to urge for the release of Iranian imprisoned lawyers, prisoners of consciences and political prisoners, particularly the people who have been arrested in the recent protests in Iran.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), founded in 1960, is an international non-profit association which has been, since its creation, at the forefront of advancing the views of European lawyers and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based.