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Famed lawyer sentenced to '38 years prison, 148 lashings' in Iran

17 March 2019, 01:57 | Devin Moran

Enlarge Image Nasrin Sotoudeh. Getty Images

Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Commission's Working Group considers communications received by the United Nations of alleged human rights violations affecting the status of women, and uses these to identify "trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality".

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.

The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's global obligations.

In a judgement which seems harder than any earlier crackdown on dissent that the Iranian govt is known of, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to three decades in prison and 148 lashes, according to her family.

A judge at a revolutionary court in Tehran, Mohammad Moqiseh, said on Monday Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five years for assembling against national security and two years for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

She was also reportedly denied the right to a lawyer of her own choosing for her most recent trial.




United States govt has condemned the arrest and said, "We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes".

The Iranian authorities subsequently laid seven further charges against her, including allegations related to national security, public order and appearing before the judiciary without a hijab. She began a hunger strike on August 23 from her cell at the Evin Prison to protest against the charges, according to Deutsche Welle. Regarding her 2016 conviction, she apparently had no knowledge that espionage charges had been laid against her until she was arrested in 2018.

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.

Khandan, her husband, was sentenced to six years in January for illicitly posting updates about his wife's case on Facebook, but he has yet to be imprisoned on that charge, Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, which is based in New York, told The New York Times last week. "This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said. The organization has also issued a statement calling for her immediate and unconditional release.

"Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women's rights and speaking out against the death penalty", Philip Luther from Amnesty International said.



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