Publicado: Sol, Marcha 17, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Appointing Iran to UN Women's Rights Panel Sends "Worst Possible Message"

Appointing Iran to UN Women's Rights Panel Sends

The UN investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, raised Sotoudeh's case at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, saying that last week she "was reportedly convicted of charges relating to her work and could face a lengthy prison sentence".

Reports suggested that her detention is related to her legal representation of women arrested in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic's compulsory hijab law, and for criticising the judiciary.

It is unclear, human rights NGO Amnesty International said, if the judge was referring to a separate case.

Iran should immediately free prominent human rights lawyer and defender Nasrin Sotoudeh from jail pending a review of her conviction and sentence, say United Nations human rights experts*. He said that Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five years for "colluding against the system" and two years for "insulting the leader", Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The husband, Reza Khandan, described the sentences in a Facebook post on Monday, saying that she had received a five-year prison term in one case and a sentence of 33 years in another. She was also sentenced to 148 lashes, he said. She said the Norwegian government and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide must do all they can to support Sotoudeh, who has been held as a political prisoner in Iran on several earlier charges.

She has denied all charges against her.

Halvorsen said Norway's foreign ministry would follow up the concrete case against Sotoudeh, in close cooperation with the European Union and other countries. Norwegian state secretary Audun Halvorsen told Aftenposten that even a minimum sentence of seven years gives "great cause for concern".

Iran Sends Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Years In Prison & 148 Lashes For Defending Women’s Rights
Appointing Iran to UN Women's Rights Panel Sends "Worst Possible Message"

Khandan, her husband, was sentenced to six years in January for illicitly posting updates about his wife's case on Facebook, but he has yet to be imprisoned on that charge, Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, which is based in New York, told The New York Times last week.

He told Aljazeera: "It is absolutely shocking that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing almost four decades in jail and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights work, including her defence of women protesting against Iran's degrading forced hijab [headscarf] laws".

Amnesty demanded that Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and the sentence should be quashed without delay.

"Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women's rights and speaking out against the death penalty - it is utterly outrageous that Iran's authorities are punishing her for her human rights work".

Javaid Rehman, the United Nations investigator on human rights in Iran raised Sotoudeh's case at the United Nations human rights council in Geneva on Monday.

"Human rights should be defended, not prosecuted", he added.

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