The statement by the Law
Society for England and Wales:
on 28 June 2006
The law Society made the
following case for immediate and unconditional release of
their fellow lawyer, Mr. Kamrani to the Iranian authorities:
this context, I wish to draw your attention again to
Articles 16(a), 17 and 18 of the United Nations (UN) Basic
Principles on the Role of Lawyers (1990) which state that:
16. Governments shall ensure that lawyers (a) are able to
perform all of their professional functions without
intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper
the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of
discharging their functions, they shall be adequately
safeguarded by the authorities.
18. Lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or
their clients' causes as a result of discharging their
I wish to draw your attention to Principles 6, 10 and 11 of
the UN Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons
under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment (1988) which
person under any form of detention or imprisonment shall be
subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.
2. No circumstance whatever may be invoked as a
justification for torture or other cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment.
who is arrested shall be informed at the time of his arrest
of the reason for his arrest and shall be promptly informed
of any charges against him.
person shall not be kept in detention without being given an
effective opportunity to be heard promptly by a judicial or
other authority. A detained person shall have the right to
defend himself or to be assisted by counsel as prescribed by
detained person and his counsel, if any, shall receive
prompt and full communication of any order of detention,
together with the reasons therefore.
judicial or other authority shall be empowered to review as
appropriate the continuance of detention.
Regarding Principle 6, I
recall that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been party to
the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
since 1975. This treaty prohibits torture and ill-treatment
under any circumstances.”
Amnesty International has
made a case on two occasions for Mr. Kamrani to be a
prisoner of conscience (MDE 13/067/2006 on 16 June 2006 and
13/067/2006 on 16 June 2006).
DunAzHAK has kept you
continually informed with updates on the arbitrary
treatments of the Iranian authorities inflicted on Mr.
Kamrani. We have provided references to our letters in Table
2 and therefore do not repeat the sequences of the events.
Now we have the benefit of
the sentence issued by the Iranian authorities and the
accusations are before you. Evidently, every pointer is
towards a blatant arbitrary treatment of Mr. Kamrani. We
believe this document delivering the sentence on a human
right lawyer will become historic evidence unraveling a deep
incompatibility between the mindset of the justice system
contributing to the violations of human rights of Mr.
Kamrani and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
its subsequent international conventions. How can one dare
to charge a human right lawyer with giving an interview of
the Voice of America or BBC?
The data provided to you
through our updates together with Amnesty International’s
authoritative statements portray a complete picture beyond
any shadow of doubt that Mr. Kamrani has suffered arbitrary
treatments in the hands of the relevant Iranian Authorities,
a glimpse of which include:
Kamrani was not charged but abducted
authorities abused their powers and behaved arbitrarily by
denying Mr. Kamrani the right of access to his lawyer and
authorities kept harassing Mr. Kamrani’s family
authorities kept shifting the goal on the issue of releasing
him under bail
data all show that the interrogations were without the
presence of Mr. Kamrani’s lawyer and therefore all
interrogation procedures were flawed and illegal
court was conducted in a closed-session
Amnesty International has made a consistent remark that the
charges brought by the Iranian authorities to Azerbaijani
Turk activists are not recognizable in the international
We believe that Mr. Kamrani
has suffered all these dreadful treatments purely because he
is of a Southern Azerbaijani national, who has a successful
track record on defending activists of the Southern
Azerbaijani national movement as well as other
nationalities, such as Arabs. The authorities wanted to
remove Mr. Kamrani from the equation, when 2 million
Southern Azerbaijanis orchestrated their democratic protests
against the state-owned abuse of the national integrity of
the nation of Azerbaijani Turks. Mr. Kamrani was already
engaged defending the cases of his native activists. The
various Urgent Actions and General Statements issued by
Amnesty International bears a witness to these statements.
Iranian authorities seem to
deploy the trick of diffusing the demand of the nation of
Southern Azerbaijan by inventing rogue charges often by
bogus court authorities in dark interrogation cells through
arbitrary court proceedings. This case cannot be isolated
from the flagrant violation of the national rights of
Southern Azerbaijanis by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We submit to you that his
justice rests in your hand.