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Iran arrests prominent woman human rights lawyer


Iranian authorities arrested yesterday prominent human rights lawyer Nisreen Sotudeh, her husband posted on Facebook. Sotudeh, 55, has represented several women detained for protesting against wearing the hijab. An Amnesty International statement which condemned the arrest said that the lawyer’s husband told a foreign press agency that his wife has been detained for a five year prison sentence on a charge she did not know anything about. Philip Luther from Amnesty International said that Nisreen has struggled all her life to defend human rights in Iran, adding that her arrest is the latest illustration of Iranian authorities’ attempts to limit her important work as a lawyer. To recall, Sotudeh was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2012 for her advocacy of human rights and political cases, including the case of juveniles facing execution in Iran. (Al Mustaqbal, June 14, 2018)

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