Amnesty International has described the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes as an outrageous injustice.
“It is absolutely shocking that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing nearly 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 (veiling) laws.
Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed without delay,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director.
“Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty - it is utterly outrageous that Iran’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work. Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran’s reputation as a cruel oppressor of women’s rights.”
In June 2018, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home. She was informed, this week, by Tehran’s Evin prison, where she is jailed, that she had been convicted on seven charges and sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes.
Sotoudeh face charges of inciting corruption and prostitution, openly committing a sinful act by appearing in public without a hijab and disrupting public order.
According to her husband Reza Khandan’s Facebook page, the sentence brings her total sentence after two grossly unfair trials to 38 years in prison.
In September 2016, she had been sentenced in her absence to five years in prison in a separate case.