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Iran: calling for the release of a human rights lawyer
Iran, action created 24.9.2013
Sotudíová Nasrin was arrested on September 4 after her apartment and office were searched on August 28 and she was summoned to appear before the court. She is now in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin Prison. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
Nasrin Sotudíová advocated for a number of important human rights campaigners and political activists, as well as adolescents, that were condemned to death. She publicly spoke about the shortcomings of the rule of law and on the shortcomings in the provision of justice in judicial processes brought against her clients. Among her clients is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. In recent months, Nasrin Sotudíová was warned that her continued defence of Shirin Ebadi may lead to her arrest, and her husband Reza Khandan was under threat to prevent his wife from continued advocacy.
It is not known if Nasrin Sotudíová has been formally charged, but she is suspected of creating "propaganda against the system" and for the "assembly and association of acts that harm state security". Until that moment she was not allowed to contact an attorney. She could not see her family, but was able to briefly telephone her family on Sept. 8. Nasrin Sotudíová has two children, ages 3 and 10 years.