Sunday, December 12, 2010

Safe World for Women |Free Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights Defence Lawyer on trial in Iran

Safe World for Women |Free Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights Defence Lawyer on trial in Iran - Sign the Petition | Change.org | Change.org

UPDATE: Sunday 12th December: NASRIN'S CONDITION IS DETERIORATING FAST - WITH ALARMING REPORTS THAT SHE MAY NOW HAVE GONE INTO A COMA

Please do all you can to share this petition widely. Thank you.

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"If any government can block the power of a human rights attorney, its hands are free to treat its critics and opponents in any manner it desires. Unfortunately the international community allowed the government to break this barrier."


Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a leading human rights lawyer widely respected for her efforts on behalf of juveniles facing the death penalty and for her defense of prisoners of conscience. 

In 2008, Nasrin won the International Human Rights Award.

On 4th September, 2010, she was arrested by the Iranian authorities, alledgedly on charges of spreading propaganda and threatening state security. She has been held in solitary confinement ever since.

On 25th September, 2010, Nasrin began a hunger strike, which she has recently resumed.

Nasrin's trial, based on charges of spreading propaganda and threatening the State, is ongoing.

"The world should know that all she has done is to earn this punishment is support her clients.

Even when she was threatened with arrest, she continued to support her clients with bravery and determination. The world must support her now.

Nasrin has many faces. When she is with the children, she leaves her professional world to be a real mother, and as a professional she gives a new meaning to what professionalism means. She is also a wonderful spouse.

Whenever there is a contact, whether in presence or by phone, we miss her even more."

Reza Khandan.

Please sign this petition to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders who, between them, are mandated to 'protect human rights defenders who are lawyers acting in the discharge of their professional duties,' and to inquire into any substantial allegations sent to them. 
Petition Text Action for independence and immediate release of Human Rights Defence Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh Greetings,

I am writing to express my horror and deep concern at the ongoing imprisonment and trial of Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights Defence Lawyer in Iran and winner of the 2008 International Human Rights Award, and the alarming news that her condition is deteriorating rapidly.

In the words of Nasrin's husband, Reza Khandan:

"If any government can block the power of a human rights attorney, its hands are free to treat its critics and opponents in any manner it desires. Unfortunately the international community allowed the government to break this barrier."

Nasrin Sotoudeh, as you will know, is on trial for charges of propaganda against the system and aiming to harm state security. She has been held in solitary confinement since her arrest, has been allowed very little contact with famiily and lawyers and is now back on hunger strike.

I implore you to act with the utmost urgency, according to your respective mandates, and do all within your power to:

1) Inquire into these substantial allegations against Nasrin Sotoudeh
2) Protect the independence of Nasrin Sotoudeh as a defence attourney who was acting in the discharge of her professional duty
3) Cooperate closely with relevant United Nations bodies, mandates and mechanisms and with regional organisations
4) Send an urgent appeal to the Iranian authorities.

Nasrin's condition is deteriorating fast, with extremely alarming reports that she may now have gone into a coma.

Please do all you can to intervene and ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Nasrin Sotoudeh.

With respect,

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