According to Amnesty, as well as IFEX members, Sotoudeh has defended the rights of women, opposition leaders, and prisoners sentenced to death for crimes they committed as children. Her outspoken and fearless defense of these brave people was deemed an "act against national security," and landed her in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.
Following the disputed 2009 presidential elections, human rights have suffered badly. "Journalists, lawyers, and woman's rights activists are being jailed for their courageous and peaceful work as human rights defenders," says Amnesty International.
To protest her unjust imprisonment and harsh prison conditions, including time spent in solitary confinement, she has repeatedly gone on hunger strike, once for 49 days.
"Alone and isolated in prison, Nasrin has been denied even a picture of her family," including her two children, says Amnesty. Yet she wrote in a letter to her daughter: "Justice arrives exactly at a time when most have given up hope. It arrives when we least expect it. I am certain of it."
Help ensure that these efforts are not in vain by calling for her immediate release.
What else can you do?
Write a polite letter in your words directly to Iran urging the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh. In your letter you can address some of the following points:
- Release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally
- Reunite her family and allow her to return to her work as a lawyer
- Until she is free she must be protected from torture and other ill-treatment
- She should also have regular access to her lawyer, family, and to any medical care she may require
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Vali Asr Avenue, Above Pasteur Intersection
Azizi 2 Street, Number 4
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran