Monday, 19 August, 2019

Iran Sentences Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 Years, 148 Lashes

Human Rights Lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison       	         		Posted Human Rights Lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison Posted
Steven Clarke | 17 March, 2019, 01:54

GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals.

Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, past year represented several of the women detained for removing their head scarves in public to protest against the country's Islamic dress code.

Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy director, described the sentence as a "shocking injustice".

Internationally renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been jailed for 38 years and given 148 lashes in Iran after campaigning for women who removed headscarves, her husband has claimed.

Several Members of Parliament in Norway are also alarmed and strongly oppose her imprisonment and especially any lashes. Though she denied the charges, she was imprisoned for 11 years and was barred from practising law for 20 years. Regarding her 2016 conviction, she apparently had no knowledge that espionage charges had been laid against her until she was arrested in 2018.

According to the Center for Human Rights statement, however, the first case in which Ms. Sotoudeh had been sentenced appeared to relate to a 2015 trial conducted in her absence. My wife has been sentenced to 33 years in a court in absentia.

Iran Sends Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Years In Prison & 148 Lashes For Defending Women’s Rights

"Only the longest sentence will be served", the lawyer's husband told AFP.

Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, called the sentence "utterly outrageous" on Tuesday, and said on Twitter that the European Parliament stood with Sotoudeh.

"Shocked to hear reports that dedicated Iranian women's rights campaigner and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to years in prison and 148 lashes", he wrote.

The continued human rights work of Nasrin Sotoudeh shows that concerns for human rights are still prominent in Iran.

"This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual".

Amnesty launched an online petition under the title "Free Nasrin Sotoudeh now", calling on the worldwide community to pressure Iran into releasing Sotoudeh after "after two grossly unfair trials". "We urge the Iranian authorities to release all lawyers arbitrarily detained for their work defending the legal and human rights of Iranians, and to allow lawyers to undertake their work free from fear of arrest or intimidation by the state", the experts said.

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