Coinciding with the Five Years Too Many campaign, the Law Society of England and Wales is co-hosting a seminar with the Bar Human Rights Committee on 9 May to examine the legal violations surrounding the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders.
Titled “Access to Justice in Iran – The trial of the seven Baha’i leaders,” the seminar will feature Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran and a visiting professor of human rights at the University of Essex.
Dr Shaheed will be joined by Mahnaz Parakand, a member of the legal team that defended the seven former leaders. Ms. Parakand herself fled Iran in 2011 after she was threatened with arrest and imprisonment. Before leaving Iran, Ms. Parakand also defended prominent human rights lawyers Shirin Ebadi and Nasrin Sotoudeh in the Iranian courts.
Also scheduled to speak at the seminar isNazila Ghanea, a lecturer in international human rights law at the University of Oxford. The seminar will be chaired by Kirsty Brimelow QC, chairperson of the Bar Human Rights Committee and member of Doughty Street Chambers.
The event, at the offices of The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, is open to practicing barristers, solicitors and human rights lawyers.