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Famed lawyer sentenced to '38 years prison, 148 lashings' in Iran

Famed lawyer sentenced to '38 years prison, 148 lashings' in Iran

Sotoudeh, who has represented activists including women who removed their mandatory hijab, was arrested in June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. "5 years in prison in relation to the first case and 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in relation to the second case". She said the Norwegian government and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide must do all they can to support Sotoudeh, who has been held as a political prisoner in Iran on several earlier charges.

"It is utterly outrageous that Iran's authorities are punishing her for her human rights work", Amnesty International said in another statement.

Halvorsen said Norway's foreign ministry would follow up the concrete case against Sotoudeh, in close cooperation with the European Union and other countries.

"We do not know the case which Judge Moghiseh is speaking about". Norwegian state secretary Audun Halvorsen told Aftenposten that even a minimum sentence of seven years gives "great cause for concern".

It's not clear why the judge in the case is saying the sentence is seven years when it appears to be 38, but in either case, this is ridiculous punishment for trumped-up charges.

"Only the longest sentence will be served", the lawyer's husband told AFP.

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Ms. Sotoudeh's situation is also emblematic of an increase in the harassment, arrest and detention of human rights lawyers in Iran in recent months.

The visit, confirmed by a United Nations official, appeared to be the first in many years by United Nations human rights investigators who have been denied access by the government.

GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals.

"Shocked to hear reports that dedicated Iranian women's rights campaigner and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to years in prison and 148 lashes", he wrote. The organization has also issued a statement calling for her immediate and unconditional release. "Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran's reputation as a cruel oppressor of women's rights", Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said.

Human Rights Watch said the sentence was "draconian", describing it as "an appalling travesty of justice".

Sotoudeh's husband Khandan has raised the matter with The Center for Human Rights in Iran.


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