With the increasing pressures the maneuvering room for human rights defenders and human rights lawyers is becoming greatly constrained. Vivid examples of these pressures include some of the following: the closure and prevention of the activities of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, the repeal of accreditation of lawyers to practice law, the arrest of human rights defenders and lawyers.
Nasrin Sotoodeh, a brave human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist, was arrested on September 4, 2010. She has been on a dry hunger strike since Sunday October 31. This is the second time that she goes on hunger strike since her arrest to protest her inhumane situation inside the prison. The concern over her health and wellbeing is at an all-time high, as officials have refused to provide clear explanations about her situation or allow her family to visit her. She also has been denied visits with her lawyer since her arrest.
Nasrin Sotoodeh is a social activist, women’s rights activist, human rights lawyer, children’s rights activist and one of the leading campaigners in the fight to end child executions. Nasrin is also a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, a center formed by a few lawyers committed to justice, who have dedicated their professional life to the cause of civil rights, to teaching it and to defending it. Their commitment is so great in fact that the defense of human rights has become part of their daily lives.
Sotoodeh’s main demand in courts and the prosecutor’s office has been the rights of her clients. The consequence of demanding the law, especially given the few laws that safeguard civil liberties, has been her arrest and imprisonment. We, as signatories of this petition, demand the unconditional and immediate release of Nasrin Sotoodeh and other imprisoned human rights lawyers and view their continued detention as illegal.
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