Nasrin is facing 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights work. She is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her life to defending women’s rights.

She protested against Iran’s discriminatory and degrading forces veiling laws. No one should spend a single day in prison for saying that women should be allowed to wear what they want.

This is the harshest sentence we have seen in Iran against a human rights defender in recent years. Call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin immediately and unconditionally.

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Free Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Free Nasrin

Nasrin was given the harshest sentence possible after two grossly unfair trials, and is separated from her husband and two children - just for saying women should be able to wear what the want.

Now, in prisons across Iran, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19. This raises grave fears that prisoners, like Nasrin, are at risk of contracting the virus. Prisoners are at particular risk because they are unable to take the same social distancing and hygiene measures as those outside of prison to protect themselves.

Nasrin is currently on hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners in Iran.  She is protesting against oppressive prison conditions, inadequate access to lawyers for defendants, and extrajudicial sentences delivered as a result of inaccurate reports from the Iranian intelligence and security forces.  Her situation is increasingly dangerous.

Unfair treatment of women in Iran

Women and girls in Iran are not allowed to leave their homes unless they cover their hair with a headscarf and cover up their arms and legs with loose clothing. 

A movement against the compulsory hijab erupted in Iran in 2017 when one woman staged a solo act of resistance. She removed her headscarf and silently waved it on the end of a stick. 

Countless women across the country joined her, staging their own protests. They become known as the “Girls of Revolution Street.”

Nasrin defended some of these women and is now paying the price.

Help free Nasrin

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 then, it can work again for Nasrin now.

Nasrin is not a criminal. She is a human rights defender.

Sign the petition and together we can free Nasrin.