Nasrin Sotoudeh is an Iranian lawyer and human rights defender.
She has defended the rights of women, opposition leaders, and prisoners sentenced to death for crimes they committed as children. The human rights situation in Iran deteriorated following the disputed 2009 presidential elections and continues to get worse every day. Journalists, lawyers, and woman’s rights activists are being jailed for their courageous and peaceful work as human rights defenders.
Nasrin’s outspoken and fearless defense of these brave people was deemed an ‘act against national security’. She was arrested in September 2010, unfairly tried, is serving a six year prison sentence, and has been banned for working as a lawyer for 10 years.
During her imprisonment, Nasrin has spent lengthy periods of time in solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. The conditions she has faced are appalling. Authorities are doing their very best to break her spirit. To protest her unjust imprisonment, lack of fair trial, and harsh prison conditions, she has repeatedly gone on hunger strikes.
She must be released immediately. ...