Südwind: Written Statement on the Situation of independent Lawyers in Iran
Twentieth session of the Human Rights Council
(18 June - 6 July 2012)
In general, independent, impartial and just judges are trained by and practice within a system based on independence, impartiality and justice. Even though in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the judiciary has been referred to as an independent entity, it lacks any measure of independence or impartiality owing to the fact that the highest authority in the judiciary is appointed by the supreme leader from among his most trusted clerics.