Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Iranian activists among ‘human rights defenders’ selected for protection in international campaign

Front Line, and Ireland-based human rights group, and The Body Shop Ireland, on Monday launched an action campaign to protect at-risk human rights activists around the globe.

The campaign, “Protect One Empower a Thousand,” focuses on a group of human rights defenders in six countries living under threat because of their activities.

Among the defenders are lawyer Saleh Kamrani and journalist Sa’id Metinpour, both of Iran. Kamrani and Metinpour, both active in defending the rights of Iran’s Azerbaijani minority, have been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since their arrests in late August of this year. Neither man has been charged, brought to trial or allowed access to an attorney; Metinpour has reportedly been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

The campaign also focuses on rights defenders from Honduras, Uzbekistan, Serbia, West Papua and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To take action on behalf of the human rights defenders, click here.
For more information on Mr. Kamrani and Mr. Metinpour, click here.



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