Iran: Temporary release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh | Updates

UPDATE: On 1 December 2020, Nasrin Sotoudeh was ordered back to  prison despite ongoing health concerns.

UPDATE: In October 2020, a new film was released focusing on the work of Nasrin Sotoudeh. A virtual screening of the film is to be held  Monday, November 30th at 12:00 pm EST, hosted by the Nobel Women’s Initiative in partnership with the filmmakers of NASRIN. Register here.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada welcomes the temporary release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from Qarchak prison in Iran. She was released on 7 November 2020 due to her deteriorating health to allow medical treatment for heart and pulmonary problems.

LRWC calls on authorities in Iran for her full, permanent and unconditional release, along with all other arbitrarily detained human rights defenders. She is currently serving a prison sentence of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes on charges of, amongst others, “inciting corruption and prostitution,” “openly committing a sinful act by appearing in public without a hijab,” and “disrupting public order” as a result of her human rights advocacy.

Photo credit: Human Rights for All FIDH Worlwide Human Rights Movement

LRWC advocated for Ms. Sodoudeh’s release at the UN Human Rights Council on 21 September 2020. LRWC also joined a group of international human rights organizations in a joint letter to the Iran government on 16 September 2020. LRWC’s advocacy for Ms. Sodouteh includes a letter to Iran authorities and an oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019. LRWC also signed a joint letter to Iran in August 2018 by several international human rights organizations. LRWC also signed a joint letter to Iran authorities seeking a halt to judicial harassment of Ms. Sotoudeh 2014.

LRWC has worked on joint advocacy for Ms. Sotoudeh with Lawyers for Lawyers, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Bar Council of England and Wales, and the The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales.




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