Iran: Free Nasrin Sotoudeh now
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes because of her work defending women's rights, protesting against Iran’s forced hijab laws and appearing in court without a head scarf. Other charges include taking part in an illegal assembly and collusion against the state, disturbing public peace and order, insulting the country’s supreme leader, and encouraging corruption and prostitution – charges she denies.
She received the European Union’s most prestigious human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, in 2012, while serving a previous prison sentence.
This is the harshest sentence recorded against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities are stepping up their repression. These sentences keep Nasrin separated from her husband and two children and stop her from being able to carry out her important work as a human rights lawyer.
Please help us to support Nasrin by calling on the Supreme Leader of Iran to release her immediately and unconditionally and for her sentences to be quashed without delay.
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