The UN, Iran and Women's Rights

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

In a resolution adopted on March 14, the lawmakers urged Iran to release "all human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience, and journalists detained and sentenced merely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly". Her decision to represent women who choose to not wear a hijab shows that currents of protest are alive in the ultra-conservative country.

"We praise Sotoudeh's integrity, passion and independence in fighting for justice and human rights, and call for her unjust sentence to be overturned", added the lawyers.

On the day the United Nations made the announcement, Iran sentenced Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, to an extra 10 years in jail on top of the five-year term she is already serving for defending protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory hijab laws. Sotoudeh's lawyer, Payam Derafshan, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in December that Sotoudeh - arrested last June - had been charged with spreading information against the state, which include insulting Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei and spying.

Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, wrote on Facebook that the sentence was decades in jail and 148 lashes, unusually harsh even for Iran which cracks down hard on dissent and regularly imposes death sentences for some crimes.

She was also reportedly denied the right to a lawyer of her own choosing for her most recent trial. She began a hunger strike on August 23 from her cell at the Evin Prison to protest against the charges, according to Deutsche Welle.

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Between 2010 and 2013 she was arrested and imprisoned for her political activity (propaganda against the state and attack on national security). Regarding her 2016 conviction, she apparently had no knowledge that espionage charges had been laid against her until she was arrested in 2018. If not, it has not been determined why what he said differs from what Sotoudeh was told. My wife has been sentenced to 33 years in a court in absentia.

The global human right NGO said that this is the harshest sentence it has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years.

He told Aljazeera: "It is absolutely shocking that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing almost four decades in jail and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights work, including her defence of women protesting against Iran's degrading forced hijab [headscarf] laws".

"Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed without delay".

The condemnation of the lawyer and activist has raised an indignant response from most of the worldwide community, including human rights NGOs and various Western chancelleries.

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