A prominent Iranian Human Rights Lawyer has been sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes.
Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes for the crimes of insulting the country’s Supreme Leader, incitement of prostitution, and colluding to commit crimes against national security.
The lawyer is famous for defending human rights in the country, including the rights of women. In 2018, Iran conducted a massive crackdown on political dissent, which oversaw more than 7,000 individuals arrested on similar charges. Amnesty International released a statement calling her sentence an “… outrageous injustice.”
Sotoudeh is currently serving her second jail sentence. In 2010, she was detained and put in jail for defending detained demonstrators who participated in the 2009 Green Movement in the country, which was sparked after accusations of electoral fraud.
During the sentence, she staged two hunger strikes to protest the living conditions in the prison as well as a ban on seeing her children. She was granted an early release form this sentence in 2013.
Sotoudeh has been praised by the international community for her commitment to Iran. Her husband explained “She’s inside Iran. She hasn’t left Iran. She’s courageous, she’s not afraid of the ayatollahs. She’s committed to fundamental human rights. She doesn’t belong to any political factions within the system, so she has a clean past.”
Her role as an Iranian woman appears to be threatening to the Ayatollah’s regime. Much of her work included the defense of hijab protesters against the regime’s mandatory head covering for women.
The lawyer was also the recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament and was established in 1988 to honor individuals and organizations that defend both human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Last year, the prize was given to the democratic opposition in Venezuela. It is named in honor of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov.
Sotodueh’s husband, also a prominent Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, was sentenced to six years in jail on security-related charges.