April 3, 2019
Today, the Parliament of Canada issued an open letter calling on the Government of Iran to release imprisoned human rights hero, Nasrin Sotoudeh. The initiative was spearhead by the Canadian Raoul Wallenberg All-Party Parliamentary Caucus for Human Rights and, in particular, Senator Marilou McPhedran, who adopted Nasrin’s case and cause as part of our International Political Prisoner Advocacy Project:
“As a co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, I have been monitoring the case of one of our world’s most courageous human rights defenders, Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. With Senators Raynell Andreychuk and Linda Frum, the [below] open letter went to our colleagues. Parliamentarians across the political affiliation spectrum signed with us in calling on the Government of Iran to release Ms. Sotoudeh, who has been detained in Iran’s Evin Prison since June 2018 due to her activism and legal support for other women’s rights defenders in Iran. Our concern was intensified a few weeks ago when Ms. Sotoudeh was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes and is reflected in the open letter.”
To read the open letter and the full list of signatories, click here.
For a TIME Magazine article on Nasrin Sotoudeh written by her pro bono former client, Iranian women’s rights leader and now RWCHR Senior Fellow: click here