Cases in Iran






Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is a labor rights and child rights’ activist who was sentenced in December 2014 to seven years in prison in Iran for communicating with the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran. He was released from prison in May 2017.


Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist arrested in September 2014 and initially sentenced to a six year prison sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran. She was released in April 2019.


Abdolfattah Soltani is a human rights lawyer and a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. He was arrested in September 2011 as he prepared to defend members of the Bahá’í religious minority group. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and was released in November 2018.


Nasrin Sotoudeh is a journalist, human rights activist, and lawyer. She was arrested in September 2010 on charges including “propaganda against the state” and sentenced to six years in prison. She was released in September 2013. 

Selected documents from Cases in Iran's case
Behind the Islamic Republic's BlusterDecember 30, 2011

Wall Street Journal op-ed by Shirin Ebadi.

Four Steps to Ensuring Human Rights Prevail in IranMarch 4, 2013

Huffington Post op-ed by Canadian MP Irwin Cotler calling condemning repression in Iran and calling for the immediate release of all Iranian prisoners of conscience, including Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Freedom Now Statement at the 34th Human Rights CouncilMarch 23, 2017

On March 23, 2017, Freedom Now’s law firm partner Shazia Akhtar participated in the 34th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. She was able to deliver remarks before representatives of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Secretary General.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionDecember 30, 2011

Finding the detention of Ms. Sotoudeh a violation of international law.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CouncilFebruary 28, 2019

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Council prior to Iran's Universal Periodic Review.

The World Must Expose the Scandal of Iranian DetaineesDecember 13, 2011

The Times op-ed by Alex Chalk.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 33/2019September 9, 2019

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the case of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention PetitionApril 17, 2018

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention filed on behalf of Iraee by Freedom Now and Dechert LLP.