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Demand Release of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh

Monday 13 September 2010

Amnesty International:

11 , September , 2010

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on 4 September after her house and
office were searched on 28 August and she was summoned to appear in court. She is currently
in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran. Amnesty International considers her to be a
prisoner of conscience who is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Nasrin Sotoudeh has defended many high profile human rights campaigners and political activists, as well as juvenile offenders on death row. She has spoken publicly about shortcomings in the rule of law and administration of justice in the course of judicial proceedings against her clients. Her clients include Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, who has several cases pending against her. In recent months, Nasrin Sotoudeh has been warned she could face reprisals for her continued advocacy for her clients, and her husband, Reza Khandan, has also received threats warning him to stop his wife from defending Shirin Ebadi or she would risk arrest.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is not known to have been formally charged, but the reasons stated on the summons include suspicion of “propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding with the aim of harming state security”.
She has not yet been granted access to her lawyer. She has not yet been able to see her family but is reported to have called them briefly on 8 September. She has two children, aged 10 and three years.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was previously banned from travel on 10 December 2008, when she was due to travel to Italy to receive the first annual Human Rights Prize awarded by Human Rights International, based in Italy. Prior to her arrest, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s assets were frozen and she was summoned to the tax office.

Amnesty International is concerned that such measures indicate the increasing desire of the Iranian authorities to prevent Iranians – particularly those facing charges relating to their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly – from being able to access good quality legal representation.

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