Iran: Narges Mohammadi – Human Rights Defender at Risk

The Law Society is deeply concerned for the life of Narges Mohammadi, the deputy director and spokesperson for the Center for the Defenders of Human Rights, an organization that was founded by human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi in 2001 and that offers pro-bono legal services to political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, supporting their families and reporting regularly on the human rights situation in Iran.     Read full intervention attached.

Bahrain: Mr. Maytham Al Salman - human rights defender at risk

The Law Society is gravely concerned over the arrest, detention and travel ban imposed on human rights defender Sheikh Dr Maytham Al Salman, the Head of the Religious Freedom Unit of Bahrain Human Rights Observatory and adviser to Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression programme. He is known for his engagement with UN human rights mechanisms and for promoting peaceful inter-faith dialogue, freedom of expression and countering incitement to violence and discrimination.

Bangladesh: Adilur Rahman Khan – Lawyer at Risk

The Law Society is deeply concerned about recent reports of intimidation and threats made against Mr Adilur Rahman Kahn. Mr Adilur Rahman Kahn is one of Bangladesh’s most prominent lawyers and human rights defenders and he was awarded the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Prize in 2014. Mr Khan is the founder and secretary of Odhikar, a human rights organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of human rights and to monitor alleged violations ...

Thailand: Mr Andy Hall – Human Rights Defender at risk

The Law Society is concerned about the indictment of Mr Andy Hall, a researcher into issues relating to the labour rights of migrants and a human rights defender. On 24 August 2014, Mr Hall was indicted under Article 14(1) of the Computer Crimes Act, which bans online material considered a threat to national security, and Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code by Bangkok South Criminal Court. If convicted, he faces up to seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of around 10.3 million Euros. ...

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