IRAN Iranian lawyers protest conviction of human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh

Lester Mason
March 17, 2019

The shocking sentence has received widespread criticism from noted human rights groups.

Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, a year ago represented several of the women detained for removing their head scarves in public to protest against the country's Islamic dress code.

"We praise Sotoudeh's integrity, passion and independence in fighting for justice and human rights, and call for her unjust sentence to be overturned", added the lawyers.

Web Desk: A famous human right lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from Iran has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

A judge at a revolutionary court in Tehran, Mohammad Moqiseh, said on Monday Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five years for assembling against national security and two years for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

"Her detention and the charges against her appear to relate to her work as a human rights lawyer, especially representing Iranian women human rights defenders arrested for peacefully protesting against laws making the wearing of veils compulsory for women", the experts said. She said the Norwegian government and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide must do all they can to support Sotoudeh, who has been held as a political prisoner in Iran on several earlier charges. She was arrested again last June. "I only know that the biggest sentence was 12 years", he said, for the charge of encouraging corruption and prostitution.

Halvorsen said Norway's foreign ministry would follow up the concrete case against Sotoudeh, in close cooperation with the European Union and other countries.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested from her house eight months ago.

Javaid Rehman, the United Nations investigator on human rights in Iran raised Sotoudeh's case at the United Nations human rights council in Geneva on Monday.

The worldwide human right NGO said that this is the harshest sentence it has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years.

"Shocked to hear reports that dedicated Iranian women's rights campaigner and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to years in prison and 148 lashes", he wrote.

"In view of the apparent lack of a fair trial and concerns about the arbitrary nature of the charges, we urge the Iranian authorities to immediately review Ms. Sotoudeh's conviction, release her pending the outcome of the review, and ensure that her human and legal rights are fully guaranteed", the experts said.

The condemnation of the lawyer and activist has raised an indignant response from most of the worldwide community, including human rights NGOs and various Western chancelleries.

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