In London, a seminar on access to justice in Iran

May 10, 2013

Issues of legal due process and access to justice in Iran came under scrutiny at a high-level seminar in London on Thursday, organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Iran’s seven former Baha’i leaders.

Held at the Law Society of England and Wales – and co-hosted by the Bar Human Rights Committee – the seminar on 9 May attracted more than 50 practicing barristers, solicitors and human rights lawyers.

Participants heard how the trial and sentencing of the seven Baha’is to 20 years in prison each was conducted under proceedings that violated international and national Iranian laws.

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Ahmed Shaheed, left, and Nazila Ghanea in London

Speakers at the seminar included Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and Mahnaz Parakand, an Iranian lawyer who assisted in the defense of the seven. Nazila Ghanea, a lecturer in international human rights law at the University of Oxford, was also on the panel.

For more, please read coverage of the event at the UK Baha’i News website.

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