PEN International Condemns the Sentence against Nasrin Sotoudeh

Friday 14 January 2011

Change for Equality: Nasrin Sotoudeh as an honorary member of Swedish PEN

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International condemns the eleven-year sentence handed down on 9 January 2010 to prominent writer, journalist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was also banned from practicing law and from leaving the country for twenty years. PEN International considers that she is sentenced solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party, and calls for her immediate and unconditional release.

PEN International is also worried that Arrests are continuing, and many have been handed down lengthy sentences.

One day after this statement the Swedish PEN has announced on 13 January 2011 that it has elected Nasrin Sotoudeh as an honorary member of Swedish PEN. Azar Mahloujian, chair of Writers in Prison Committee of Swedish PEN said. “Nasrin Sotudeh who always defended her clients’ Freedom of Expression and their human rights, is now deprived of her own rights. Her resolute struggle in prison and her hunger strike has made the whole world aware of her protest. From now by electing Nasrin Sotoudeh as an honorary member of Swedish PEN, we will follow her case and will continue to demand her release.

To see PEN International statement click here.


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