Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh

  • Classification Activist

  • Gender Female

  • Nationalities
  • Life status Alive

  • Occupations
    • Lawyer
  •   Education
    • Shahid Beheshti University International Law
  •   Awards
    • 2011 Freedom to Write Award
    • 2012 Sakharov Prize
    • 2019 Franz Werfel Human Rights Award
    • 2020 Right Livelihood Award
  •   Additional Details
  • Status Imprisoned

  • Origin Unknown

  • Staff or Freelance Unknown

    • Taken captive Yes

    • Threatened Unknown

    • Place of imprisonment Iran  

Nasrin Sotoudeh is an Iranian Human Rights lawyer and activist. She has been defending political activists and opponents since the protest movement in June 2009.

Sotoudeh was first arrested in September 2010 on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “activities endangering national security”; they sentenced her for 11 years in prison, and was held in solitary confinement.
Between 2010 and 2012, she went 3 times on hunger strikes because she was denied visits and phone calls from her family.
She was pardoned and released in 2013.

Furthermore, in June 2018, she was arrested again and sentenced to 38 years this time, as well as 148 lashes. This is the heaviest sentence for a human rights defender in recent years.
Her arrest came after she legally supported women who were facing charges for peacefully protesting the compulsory hijab law in Iran. However the charges held against her were “propaganda against the state and assembly and collusion to act against national security”.

Lately, the Iranian authorities arrested Sotoudeh’s daughter for 1 day and froze her family’s bank accounts to silence her, when defending basic human rights with her hunger strikes.