G7 Bars call on Iran to release human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Today, Bar Associations and Law Societies of the G7 countries have renewed calls for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s immediate release.

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has today granted its 2019 Human Rights Award to four Iranian lawyers currently in prison: Nasrin Sotoudeh, Abdolfattah Soltani, Mohammad Najafi and Amirsalar Davoudi.

Over a year ago, on 13 June 2018, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Teheran and taken to Evin prison, where she is still being held. In March 2019, the Iranian regime sentenced her to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. 

The Bar Associations and Law Societies of the G7 countries have renewed calls for her immediate release in a video message. We urge lawyers across the world to raise their voices in solidarity with Nasrin Sotoudeh. Join our social media action #1minute4Nasrin by recording a message of support and share it on social media.

Ms Sotoudeh has represented opposition activists, many of them women. She has been targeted by a series of legal proceedings over many years on charges ranging from ‘collusion against national security’; propaganda, and ‘encouraging corruption and prostitution’ to ‘appearing at the judiciary without Islamic hijab’.

Ms Sotoudeh’s treatment amounts to judicial harassment, in clear violation of Iran’s international legal obligations. We call on the authorities in Iran immediately and unconditionally to release Nasrin Sotoudeh, withdraw all charges against her, vacate any convictions and sentences imposed on her, and end her judicial harassment.

Today, the G7 Bars and Law Societies issued a joint statement signed by leaders of the Law Society of England and Wales, the French National Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the German Bar Association, Germany’s Federal Bar Association, the National Bar Council of Italy, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, and Japan’s Federation of Bars Associations.

The G7 Bars issued a Resolution demanding Ms Sotoudeh’s release in July 2019. We sent letters to the Iranian authorities in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh in December 2013, May 2018, August 2018, and April 2019.

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