Nearly 700 Individuals Sign Petition Objecting to the Sentence Issued in the Case of Nasrin Sotoodeh

The Sentence Issued Against Nasrin Sotoodeh is Testament to the Justness of her Cause

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Change for Equality: Nearly seven hundred individuals have signed a petition objecting to the heavy sentence issued in the case of Nasrin Sotoodeh. Nasrin Stoodeh, a human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist was sentenced to serve 11 years mandatory prison sentence and banned from practicing law and traveling abroad for 20 years. She faced charges of spreading propaganda against the state, collusion and gathering with the intent to disrupt public order and membership in the Human Rights Defenders Center (headed by Shirin Ebadi). The statement not only objects to this sentence on the grounds that it was unjust and unwarranted but objects to the pressures and restrictions placed on her family in following up her case.

The statement also states that the real crime of Nasrin Sotoodeh is the “defense of human rights, rights of children and women and defense of those accused of political crimes.” The signatories to this statement have condemned the sentence against Nasrin and the pressures on her family, including the detention of her husband, and have called for her immediate and unconditional release. “We believe that this sentence will not only not diminish the popularity of Nasrin among the public, but will make apparent the just path that she has chosen for all.”

Read the statement and view the signatures in its original Farsi.


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