It was while studying law at Shiraz University that Hossein Raeesi first became interested in defending Human Rights. Noticing inconsistencies in the Iranian legislation, Raeesi spent many days discussing these issues with his professors and other students. In his senior year while researching a paper on prisoner rights he was granted an exclusive interview with the warden of Shiraz’ main prison, Adelabad, a prison that most recently has been cited as being part of a series of mass executions spanning ten years (1980-1990) that some have documented to have resulted in the deaths of almost 16,000 prisoners. It was also at Adelabad that he was deeply affected by witnessing one prisoner receiving his sentence of 70 lashes for petty theft. “I remember them strapping the man into a terrible bed-like contraption with holes for his arms and legs, and after 20 lashes the officer holding the strap remarking that he forgot how many lashes he had given and had to start over, I will never forget it.” The experience left a huge impression on Raeesi and he vowed from that day onward to devote himself to the area of understanding and defending people on the basis of universally established human rights.
To date, Raeesi has been practicing law in Shiraz, Iran for over 20 years and has over a thousand cases to his credit. Although his main area of expertise is human rights especially with regard to women and children, he’s experienced in civil, business, employment, NGO, property, industry, domestic, criminal, human rights and sharia law. Raeesi has been credited with winning several high profile cases dealing with controversial issues like stoning of women, child executions, religious persecution, discrimination etc.
He’s been nominated for several awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation in 2007. Raeesi is also a member and has served as a board member for the Fars Province Bar Association and Human Rights Council in Shiraz, Iran. He founded Nedayeh Edalat Association or the Voice of Justice in Shiraz as well.
Currently Raeesi has relocated to Toronto Ontario Canada where he resides with his wife and children. He still actively maintains his law office in Shiraz, Iran working with a team of lawyers.