Nasrin Sotoudeh is an award-winning human rights lawyer, and now she’s in prison just for doing her job.
Earlier this year Nasrin took on defending women who peacefully protested against the compulsory hijab in Iran. Now, she’s facing a five-year sentence on charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security.”
The movement against the compulsory hijab erupted in 2017 when one woman staged a solo act of resistance, removing her headscarf and silently waving it on the end of a stick. Countless women across the country joined her, staging their own protests.
Known as the “Girls of Revolution Street,” these brave women now face prosecution. By arresting and imprisoning Nasrin, the Iranian authorities are stripping them of an effective and experienced legal defence.
Women should be able to choose what they wear, and lawyers should be able to defend their right to do so. While Nasrin is unable to defend the women from prison, she plans to continue their protest from behind bars, removing her headscarf until she is released.
This isn’t the first time Nasrin has been targeted. In 2010 she was sentenced to six years in prison for her human rights work. But when thousands of people like you stood up to demand her freedom, she was pardoned and released. Our campaign worked!