Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran)

10 Nov 2021

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Nasrin Sotoudeh: Sentenced to 38 years in prison for defending women’s rights in Iran

 

Nasrin Sotoudeh is an Iranian lawyer, who is a referent in the fight for human rights within her country. She defends the human rights of women, kids, minorities, independent reporters, activists, and others.

Over the last couple of years she has  outstanded for her denouncement of the mandatory use of the hijab and for her support to the movement of women who reject it. Her commitment to collective rights and liberties has situated her in the spotlight of Iranian authorities, who have incarcerated her since June 2018, first in the Evin prison and currently in Qarchak.

Her sentence, announced in March 2019, has been interpreted by Amnesty International (AI) as a message directed to all the dissidence. She already had a previous 5-year sentence, and the new sentence that Sotoudeh received was an attempt to set an example: 38 years of seclusion and 148 lashings. 

Sotoudeh, who had previously been incarcerated between 2010 and 2013, has already carried out several hunger strikes as a protest against, among other issues, the conditions lived in Iranian prisons. In her last imprisonment period between August and September 2020, she chose the situation generated in prisons within the Covid-19 situation as the focus of her denouncement, and she reclaimed the release of political prisoners.

The effort she undertook when carrying out a hunger strike for 46 days deteriorated her health to the extent of needing a medical permit that required a couple of weeks outside of prison to recover. Since the beginning of December 2020, the activist is once again incarcerated, even though she had been diagnosed with Covid-19 before she was jailed again.  

The persecution against Sotoudeh and her family demonstrates a systematic pattern of repression against the liberty of speech, reunion and association. Amnesty International denounces, amongst other violations of rights, the use of lethal force to deal with protests – with hundreds of murders and thousands of arbitrary detentions– and the intense repression of the movement which fights against the mandatory use of the hijab. 

In this context, the project Cities Defending Human Rights has started a campaign to collect signatures to raise the following demands to the government of the  Islamic Republic of Iran

  • The immediate and unconditional freeing of the human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is incarcerated only for the legitimate and peaceful exercise of her fundamental liberties and rights. 
  • A guarantee of the security and liberty of the defenders of human rights in Iran.
  • The ending of the harassment and intimidation of family members of activists who work towards the defense of human rights.

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    Cities Defending Human Rights is a project coordinated by the Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation and managed by the Catalan Commission for Refugees with the participation of 27 city councils and 9 catalan organizations and institutions involved in the defense and promotion of human rights locally and globally. Currently, it is launching multiple campaigns to request the liberty of Human Rights defenders around the world, amongst which Nasrin Sotoudeh.

     

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    Nasrin Sotoudeh: condemnada a 38 anys de presó per defensar els drets de les dones a l’Iran

    La Nasrin Sotoudeh és una advocada iraniana referent en la lluita pels drets humans al seu país. És defensora dels drets de les dones, de la infància, de les minories, de periodistes independents i d’activistes, entre d’altres. 

    En els darrers anys, ha estat especialment visible la seva denúncia contra l’ús obligatori del hijab i la seva tasca de suport al moviment de dones que el rebutgen. El seu compromís amb els drets i les llibertats col·lectives l’ha situat en el punt de mira de les autoritats iranianes, que des de juny de 2018 la retenen empresonada, primer a la presó d’Evin i actualment a Qarchak.

    La seva condemna, anunciada al març de 2019, ha estat interpretada per Amnistia Internacional (AI) com un missatge adreçat a tota la dissidència. Sumada a una sentència anterior de 5 anys de presó, la pena que recau actualment sobre Sotoudeh vol ser “exemplar”: 38 anys de reclusió i 148 fuetades

    Sotoudeh, que ja havia estat empresonada entre 2010 i 2013, ha dut a terme diverses vagues de fam per protestar, entre altres, contra les condicions que es viuen a les presons iranianes. En la darrera, realitzada durant els mesos d’agost i setembre de 2020, va posar en el centre de la seva denúncia la situació generada a les presons en el marc de la COVID-19, i va reclamar l’excarceració de les preses i presos polítics. 

    L’esforç de 46 dies de vaga de fam va agreujar la seva salut fins al punt de fer necessari un permís mèdic de poques setmanes per recuperar-se fora de la presó. Des de principis de desembre del 2020, l’activista es troba de nou empresonada, malgrat haver estat diagnosticada de COVID-19 abans de retornar-hi.

    La persecució contra Sotoudeh i la seva família s’inscriu en un patró sistemàtic de repressió contra la llibertat d’expressió, reunió i associació a l’Iran. Des d’Amnistia Internacional denuncien, entre altres, l’ús letal de la força per part del govern per aixafar protestes, amb centenars d’assassinats i milers de detencions arbitràries, i la intensa repressió del moviment que lluita contra l’ús forçós del hijab.

    En aquest context, des del projecte Ciutats Defensores dels Drets Humans s’ha engegat una campanya de recollida de signatures per reclamar a la República Islàmica de l’Iran:

    • Que posi en llibertat de manera immediata i incondicional a la defensora dels drets humans Nasrin Sotoudeh, que està empresonada únicament per l’exercici legítim i pacífic dels seus drets i llibertats fonamentals.
    • Que garanteixi la seguretat i la llibertat de les defensores i defensors dels drets humans de l’Iran.
    • Que aturi l’assetjament i la intimidació de familiars d’activistes que treballen per a la defensa dels drets humans.

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