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UPDATE 12/06/19: This action is now closed. The actions, alongside actions collected all over the world, will be handed over to the Iranian authorities on 13 June, to mark the 1st anniversary of Nasrin's detention. Thanks you to everyone who took action.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes because of her work defending women's rights. 

A movement against the compulsory hijab erupted in Iran 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, becoming known as the “Girls of Revolution Street.” 

In 2018, Nasrin took on defending women facing prosecution because of these protests. Now, Nasrin is separated from her husband and two children, and can’t carry out her important work as a human rights lawyer. Women should be able to choose what they wear, and lawyers should be able to defend their right to do so. 

This is the harshest sentence recorded against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities are stepping up their repression.  

But 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!

Will you stand with Nasrin? Act now to demand her immediate and unconditional release. 

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Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Dear Mr Khamenei,

Dear Mr Khamenei, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender, has been unjustly sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes following two grossly unfair trials. I appeal to you to release her as she is a prisoner of conscience.

Some of the legitimate activities that the authorities have cited as “evidence” against her include: opposing Iran’s abusive, discriminatory and degrading forced hijab laws; removing her headscarf during prison visits; giving media interviews about the violent arrest and detention of women protesting against forced hijab.

I urge you to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally as she is a prisoner of conscience, jailed solely for her peaceful human rights work. Pending her release, please ensure that she has regular contact with her family and a lawyer of her choosing. I urge you to stop criminalizing the work of women’s rights defenders, including those who peacefully protest against forced hijab, and abolish forced hijab laws.

Yours sincerely,


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