Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

The UN, Iran and Women's Rights

The UN, Iran and Women's Rights

He said that Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five years for "colluding against the system" and two years for "insulting the leader", Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, earlier this week said that she will have to serve an extra 10-years in prison - the longest sentence of the seven verdicts - on top of a five-year term she is now serving.

According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, after a brief phone conversation with her from prison, Ms. Sotoudeh's husband confirmed her sentence on Facebook.

Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, called the sentence "utterly outrageous" on Tuesday, and said on Twitter that the European Parliament stood with Sotoudeh. 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.

Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said "Sotoudeh's sentence is a threat aimed at every human rights advocate in Iran to stop defending human rights". Norwegian state secretary Audun Halvorsen told Aftenposten that even a minimum sentence of seven years gives "great cause for concern".

She has reportedly been detained since June 2018 after her arrest for a 2016 in absentia conviction and five year prison sentence for espionage.

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


Javaid Rehman, the United Nations investigator on human rights in Iran raised Sotoudeh's case at the United Nations human rights council in Geneva on Monday.

During the most recent sentencing, Moghiseh "applied the maximum statutory sentence" for each of her charges, and added an additional four years to her prison term, Amnesty International said in a news release on Monday.

Norwegian officials are formally objecting to an Iranian court's harsh verdict against lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested from her house eight months ago. Neuer described the appointment as sending "the worst possible message" to the women of Iran.

The global human right NGO said that this is the harshest sentence it has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 6 (b and c): "Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others: "(b) As provided for in human rights and other applicable worldwide instruments, freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms; (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters", and to Article 12 (1 and 2): "(1) Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. This verdict shows that making statements in our country comes with such a high price.

"This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual".

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