Human Rights Lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison

17 March, 2019, 01:54 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Iran appointed to UN Women's Rights Commission same week a women's rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years (and 148 lashes)

For many years, Sotoudeh has represented prominent opposition activists, and was previously imprisoned from 2010 to 2013, after being convicted on security-related charges for her human rights work. The European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov human rights prize.

The Tehran Court judge, however, said the punishment is of 7 years - five years for assembling against national security and two years for insulting the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "5 years in prison in relation to the first case and 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in relation to the second case". She began a hunger strike on August 23 from her cell at the Evin Prison to protest against the charges, according to Deutsche Welle.

"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. If not, it has not been determined why what he said differs from what Sotoudeh was told.

"We do not know the case which Judge Moghiseh is speaking about". "I only know that the biggest sentence was 12 years", he said, for the charge of encouraging corruption and prostitution. "Eight months earlier she had been told that the five-year prison sentence issued earlier would be enforced", Khandan said, according to DW. The appointment is seen as weakening the political influence of President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate.

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The visit, confirmed by a United Nations official, appeared to be the first in many years by United Nations human rights investigators who have been denied access by the government. The Working Group found that her detention on that occasion was due to the exercise of the rights to freedom of thought, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, and her work as a human rights defender.

"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. "Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran's reputation as a cruel oppressor of women's rights", Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said.

In the letter, posted online by the Iranian Human Rights Activist News Agency, the signatories claim that the sentence is "a source of shame" and "shows a lack of tolerance in dealing with" lawyers "critical of the system". We would particularly draw your attention to Article 6 (b and c): "Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others: "(b) As provided for in human rights and other applicable global instruments, freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms; (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters", and to Article 12 (1 and 2): "(1) Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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