- Category: News
- Published on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:29
Today, please join your colleagues at the CIVICUS World Assembly in showing your solidarity for human rights lawyer and civil society activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is currently in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran simply for doing her work as a human rights activist.
Nasrin was arrested in September 2010, held in solitary confinement for around four months and charged with “acting against national security, propaganda against the regime and for being a member of the Human Rights Defence Centre,” a human rights civil society organisation in Iran.
In January 2011, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison and handed a 20 year ban from legal practice and from travelling abroad. On appeal, in September 2011, the court reduced her sentence to six years and the ban on legal practice from 20 years to 10.
Nasrin is an advocate of women’s rights and has defended juveniles facing the death penalty and activists involved in protests calling for reforms.
We ask all our members, partners and stakeholders to join with delegates at the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal, Canada on Wednesday 5 September to show your support for and solidarity with Nasrin by sharing this information on your websites and Facebook pages, and by tweeting as follows:
Free Nasrin Sotoudeh! Jailed activist from Iran. Join the campaign! #civWA @freenasrin #freenasrin