April 8, 2019
Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer renowned for her defense of women’s and children’s rights, will receive the One Humanity award at PEN Canada’s annual gala on April 11, 2019 in Toronto. Sotoudeh, 56, who is currently in prison, was sentenced in March 2019 to 148 lashes and more than 38 years imprisonment for national security offences. The award will be presented by Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood to Iranian-Canadian human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, who will receive it on Sotoudeh’s behalf.
“The ongoing persecution of this brave woman for helping women to secure fair treatment should cease immediately,” said Atwood. “Nasrin Sotoudeh has tirelessly defended women and children from exactly the sort of arbitrary judicial rulings that have now been used to silence her. Let us call on the Iranian authorities to respect fundamental justice and grant Nasrin Sotoudeh an immediate and unconditional release.”
Sotoudeh was arrested in June 2018 after providing legal services for women prosecuted for appearing in public without a headscarf. She was charged with spreading “propaganda against the state,” “encouraging (moral) corruption and prostitution” and “publishing false information to disturb public minds.” Sotoudeh was previously arrested in September 2010, after defending activists detained during protests which followed Iran’s June 2009 presidential elections. On that occasion, she received a six-year prison sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security.”
“Many years ago, as head of Stop Child Executions, I worked with Nasrin Sotoudeh to defend women and children. I can say, unequivocally, that she is a Persian lioness – an Iranian Mandela,” said Afshin-Jam MacKay. “She is the epitome of compassion, hard work, courage and sacrifice, and she has selflessly defended others for decades. Her dedication to these causes has meant time away from her loved ones, and now it has taken away both her safety and her freedom. The least we can do now is come to her defense. I am actively campaigning to save my personal hero #wearenasrin #freenasrin.”
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