November 30, 2018
Sotoudeh Was Unable to Officially Receive the EU’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought
Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
In 2012, Sotoudeh was jointly awarded (along with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi) the EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize For Freedom of Thought for peacefully advocating human rights in Iran. But she was never able to physically accept the award or cash prize that comes with it because she was in prison under trumped-up charges at the time it was issued, and because she has not left the country since being freed in 2016.
Sotoudeh is also currently facing a five-year prison sentence and three other charges. The new cha
The charges, all national security-related, are for Sotoudeh’s outspoken advocacy of human rights and willingness to take on politically sensitive cases as a defense attorney.
Her most recent imprisonment, which began in June 2018, occurred after she represented a woman facing imprisonment for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law by removing it in public.
Several other human rights lawyers have also been arrested and imprisoned in Iran this year in a widespread crackdown aimed at further limiting defendants’ due process rights.
To protest the unlawful judicial process and denial of the right to choose her own lawyer in her own case, Sotoudeh has refused to appear in court to hear any of the recent charges against her, said the source requested anonymity for security purposes.
Can Nasrin Sotoudeh, winner of the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize 2018 accept her award ?
New pressures from the Iranian authorities.
Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago—a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)…
In September 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for her commitment to human rights and the independence of the legal profession….
Nasrin Sotoudeh, lauréate du prestigieux Prix des droits de l’homme Ludovic Trarieux 2018, pourra-t-elle accepter son prix?
Nouvelles pressions des autorités iraniennes. Nasrin Sotoudeh vient de se voir notifier une inculpation supplémentaire pour avoir prétendument reçu un prix en espèces de …
(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 01/12/18)
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(International Observatory of Human Rights Facebook, 01/12/18)