In 2009, Abdolfattah Soltani received the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award "for his struggle for human rights in his home country."
In 2012, Abdolfattah Soltani received the International Bar Association Human Rights Award "for his courage and commitment to the rule of law and human rights in Iran, enduring long-term prison sentences, harassment, and intimidation for providing pro-bono legal counsel to those in need."
Abdolfattah Soltani is a prominent Iranian human rights defender. He co-founded the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran with Iranian Nobel Peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. His human rights work has included defending Iranian political prisoners and trade unionists belonging to the Tehran Bus Company Workers’ Union. He was involved in the case of the dissident journalist, Akbar Ganji, and represented the family of Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian born Canadian photojournalist who died in an Iranian prison under torture.