Iran: The Cases That Made Iran Target Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

June 14, 2018

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh at home in Tehran in 2013

By arresting Iran’s top human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, powerful Iranian hard-liners are aiming to silence the most prominent voice for the voiceless in the Islamic republic.

Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, has saidthat she was rearrested at her home on June 13 to serve a five-year prison sentence on unknown charges. He said she didn’t know anything about the sentence.

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International condemned her latest detention, calling it an “outrageous attack on a brave and prolific human rights defender.”

The United States said it was “deeply concerned” by reports of Sotoudeh’s rearrest.

“First arrested in 2010, Ms. Sotoudeh has spent the past several years harassed by the Iranian regime and has been routinely placed behind bars for daring to defend the rights of those in Iran,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We applaud Ms. Sotoudeh’s bravery and her fight for the long-suffering victims of the regime. We call on Iranian authorities to release her immediately, along with the hundreds of others who are currently imprisoned simply for expressing their views and desires for a better life.”


Sotoudeh, 55, has been among a handful of rights advocates and activists who have stood up against state repression and highlighted human rights abuses in the country.

In 2010, Sotoudeh was sentenced to six years in prison — reduced from an initial 11-year sentence — and a 10-year ban on practicing law for several charges, including acting against Iran’s national security. (FARSI) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (DEUTSCH) (ITALIANO) (ITALIANO) (NEDERLANDS)–kai-i-euthuni-anikei-ston-Tramp (GREEK) (SWEDISH) (NORWEGIAN) (PORTUGUES) (ARABIC) (TURKCE) (INDONESIAN)




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