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Payam Akhavan receives 2017 ICHR Human Rights Award

December 10, 2017 - Toronto, Canada: The International Center for Human Rights in Canada (ICHR) announced today that Professor Payam Akhavan is the recipient of ICHR Prestigious Human Rights Award this year for his significant contribution to improvement of human rights situation in Iran and Middle East. ICHR presents its award around December 10, the Universal Human Rights Day. According to ICHR’s decision making committee, Professor Akhavan has made a significant contribution to advancing and protecting human rights in Iran and middle-eastern countries. Other final candidates were; Narges Mohammadi, Iranian human rights activist, Muharrem Erbey, Turkish human rights Lawyer and Writer, and Mohamed Ramadan, Egyptian human rights lawyer. The ICHR Human Rights Award presented to his parent on his behalf by [...]

December 10th, 2017|

European governments return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture

European governments have put thousands of Afghans in harm’s way by forcibly returning them to a country where they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. European governments have put thousands of Afghans in harm’s way by forcibly returning them to a country where they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. In their determination to increase the number of deportations, European governments are implementing a policy that is reckless and unlawful Anna Shea, Amnesty International At a time when civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at their highest levels on record, the [...]

November 6th, 2017|

Are Non-Syrian Refugees Facing Discriminatory Rejections In Canada?

On my recent trip to Turkey, and Iraq, on behalf of the ICHR (International Center for Human Rights in Canada) I had the opportunity to meet hundreds of refugees and displaced as well as UN and government officials. It was evident that the rumors buzzing through the hallways of local NGOs in Canada, were nothing short of the truth. Sources among refugees and officials confirmed the hard truth that the newly elected Liberal government of Canada has halted accepting and processing non-Syrian refugee applications in Turkey, where the most important UN Refugee Office is located. On the 10th of December 2015, also known as International Human Rights Day, newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the Liberal party was [...]

November 6th, 2017|

Iranian Appeal Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist

An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. On September 19, 2016 Mohammadi and her lawyers appeared at Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court to present evidence against the preliminary sentence, “but the Appeals Court had already made its ruling,” said Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani, who currently lives in France with the couple’s son and daughter. An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights [...]

November 6th, 2017|

ICHR called on HR Council to extend Iran’s special Rapporteur’s mandate

The International Center for Human Rights - ICHR - called on the member states of the UN Human Rights Council to extend the mission of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed as special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.  ICHR sent a letter to UN and UN Human Rights Council's member states to consider extending the special rapporteur's mandate for another term as they are approaching the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council. By addressing Iran’s record on human rights violation, ICHR brought to their attention the importance of the mandate to be extended.

November 6th, 2017|

Syrian and Iranian lawyers Received ICHR Annual Award

Toronto, Ontario 17 December 2015- The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mrs. Ghuna Bdiwi, Syrian lawyer, received the ICHR’s prestigious human rights award for 2015. Also Mr. Mohammad Olyaeifard, Iranian lawyer, received ICHR’s recognition award. Toronto, Ontario 17 December 2015- The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mrs. Ghuna Bdiwi, Syrian lawyer, received the ICHR’s prestigious human rights award for 2015. Also Mr. Mohammad Olyaeifard, Iranian lawyer, received ICHR’s recognition award. Click here for Farsi After a careful review of nominations, ICHR’s Award Committee selected Mrs. Ghuna Bdiwi for her significant contribution to advancing and protecting human rights for Syrian people and Syrian prisoners as well as victims of torture. Ms. Karina Gould, [...]

November 6th, 2017|