Country: Iran


ICHR strongly calls for the Iranian government to halt all the bogus charges against Davoodi, and to release him immediately and unconditionally.

Lawyer and civil rights activist Amirsalar has defended many human rights activists in Iranian courts and runs a Telegram channel for Iranian lawyers, “Without Censorship,” which focuses on civil rights issues, human rights violations in Iran. 

He was arrested on 20 November 2018 and charged with crimes against national security. With no access to his lawyer, and no family visitation, as well as no access to a medical professional since his arrest. 

“Without access to his lawyer, Amirsalar Davoodi’s trial rights are being violated in the most substantial way by Iranian government.” Said Ardeshir Zarezadeh, Executive Director for Iran, and The Middle East at ICHR Canada. 

On the day of Davoodi’s arrest, state intelligence agents arrived at his office without a warrant, and proceeded to search the premises, seized several documents relating to his cases and arrested him. The agents also searched  Davoodi’s home without a warrant. 

After his arrest despite not having legal representation, he was questioned by the prosecutor, as his case was transferred to Revolutionary Court No 15 – part of a special system of courts in Iran designed to trial those suspected of crimes including trying to overthrowing the government. 

The due process violations of searching his office and home, as well as the seizure of his documents without a warrant, are his rights violations.

The removal of documents related to his cases amounts to unlawful interference with his professional functions. 

ICHR strongly calls on the Iran’s government to abide the international human rights laws that require governments to ensure that lawyers are able to carry out their functions without intimidation, and harassment. That been said the government of Iran must free Davoodi immediately and unconditionally.