Yerevan Demonstrators Call for Release of Jailed Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
A small group demonstrated outside the Iranian Embassy in Yerevan today and called for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer in Iran, who, according to her husband has recently been sentenced to 38 years imprisonment and 148 lashes for a variety of alleged crimes including spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader. Sotoudeh was arrested last June on the above charges.
The new sentence comes on the heels of the appointment of hardline Iranian judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi.
The internationally renowned human rights lawyer, awarded the Sakharov Human Rights Prize by the European Parliament, has represented opposition activists including women prosecuted for removing their mandatory headscarf.
She was jailed in 2010 for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security – charges she denied.
The demonstrators attempted to hand a letter to embassy officials, but no one answered the doorbell.