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Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh

HRD, Lawyer

However, just as much, you need freedom, social security, the rule of law, and justice.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer in Iran who has been given a prison sentence of eleven years and banned from working as a lawyer or leaving the country for twenty years. This sentence has been given to her, not for any criminal activity but as a result of her peaceful human rights work. She was accused of 'spreading propaganda' and 'conspiring to harm state security'. Nasrin has represented many defenders opposed to the current regime in Iran. She has also worked extensively with young prisoners who have been sentenced to death for crimes they committed when they were under 18. Prior to her arrest, Nasrin had reported harassment on the part of the authorities. On 28 August 2010 her home and office were searched, and her assets were frozen. On 1 September 2010, she described how the authorities were creating falsified allegations of tax irregularities against human rights lawyers as a means to impede them from carrying out their human rights work.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh