Iran: UN experts "shocked" at prison sentence for lawyer

Human Rights Lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison       	         		Posted

GCHR also condemns in the strongest terms the harsh sentence passed against Nasrin Sotoudeh, a peaceful human rights defender, targeted simply for doing her job as a lawyer.

Her husband Reza Khandan wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday.

The UN investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, raised Sotoudeh's case at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, saying that last week she "was reportedly convicted of charges relating to her work and could face a lengthy prison sentence".

The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's worldwide obligations. She was also sentenced to 148 lashes, he said.

A report the same day from a state-funded news outlet, the Iranian Students' News Agency, quoted a hard-line judge, Mohammad Moghiseh, as saying that he had sentenced Sotoudeh to a total of seven years in prison and mentioning two charges, of taking part in an illegal assembly and collusion against the state.

Iran Sends Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Years In Prison & 148 Lashes For Defending Women’s Rights
Iran appointed to UN Women's Rights Commission same week a women's rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years (and 148 lashes)

The Iranian authorities subsequently laid seven further charges against her, including allegations related to national security, public order and appearing before the judiciary without a hijab. Before her detention, last June she defended a group of women imprisoned for appearing in public without the mandatory veil, a legacy norm of the 1979 Islamic revolution and punishable by prison under the penal code. If not, it has not been determined why what he said differs from what Sotoudeh was told.

"This verdict shows that making statements in our country comes with such a high price that an attorney can be sentenced to 44 years for it", he told the center. "This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said. "5 years of prison for the first case and 33 years of prison with 148 lashes, for the second case".

An outspoken critic of the Iranian establishment, Sotoudeh previously spent three years in prison on security charges after representing dissidents arrested during mass protests in 2009 against the disputed reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. "Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women's rights and speaking out against the death penalty - it is utterly outrageous that Iran's authorities are punishing her for her human rights work", Philip Luther of Amnesty International said.

Amnesty launched an online petition under the title "Free Nasrin Sotoudeh now", calling on the global community to pressure Iran into releasing Sotoudeh after "after two grossly unfair trials".

The condemnation of the lawyer and activist has raised an indignant response from most of the worldwide community, including human rights NGOs and various Western chancelleries.

Late-winter storm wallops four U.S. states, snarls travel
The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The Colorado National Guard announced it had rescued 93 people and two dogs after inspecting about 250 vehicles.

Related News:

  • November trial date set for Trump confidant Roger Stone

    November trial date set for Trump confidant Roger Stone

    At other court appearances, prosecutors from the US attorney's office had spoken on behalf of the government. When the book was initially published, it was called "The Making of the President 2016".
    No Man's Sky Beyond Expands The Game's Multiplayer

    No Man's Sky Beyond Expands The Game's Multiplayer

    Hello Games said it will share more information about each individual component when it knows it can be precise. Perhaps the next update will add multiplayer essentials like messaging, friend's lists, and larger parties.
    Italian police confirm stolen masterpiece was fake

    Italian police confirm stolen masterpiece was fake

    A pair of thieves were well and truly outmanoeuvred on Wednesday morning . Crucifixion depicts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ from above.
  • How you can help victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks

    How you can help victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended an event near an East London mosque. "We All stand with our Muslim friends and families". Tso says donation volumes have reached such high levels that there have been technical issues with the givealittle site .
    'Apprentice' contestant's defamation suit against Trump cleared to proceed

    'Apprentice' contestant's defamation suit against Trump cleared to proceed

    Trump's lawyers have said that because he is the president he's immune from any prosecution, but the court didn't agree. They also say his remarks were opinions that he had a free-speech right to express in the course of a heated campaign.
    Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting

    Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting

    Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992. This is the first hit on a Gambino boss since Paul Castellano was gunned down in 1985 in front of Sparks Steak House.
  • Gun-maker can be sued over Newtown attack, court rules

    Gun-maker can be sued over Newtown attack, court rules

    Because this decision involves interpretation of a federal statute, the gunmaker will nearly certainly appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Remington could also prevail at a trial, so this is just a first step toward manufacturer liability.
    Google Removed 2.3 Billion Bad Ads Last Year

    Google Removed 2.3 Billion Bad Ads Last Year

    Google announced that they have removed 2.3 billion bad ads in 2018 for violations of both new and existing policies. The tech giant also terminated almost one million bad advertiser accounts, about twice as many it axed in 2017.
    'There's no way' Anthony Davis is being dealt to Lakers

    'There's no way' Anthony Davis is being dealt to Lakers

    The subject of moving James, however, was contemplated by the Lakers, a team source said, weeks before Van Gundy aired it. Davis has made it clear that he no longer wants to play with the Pelicans and would prefer to be traded.
  • 49 killed in New Zealand mosque attacks

    49 killed in New Zealand mosque attacks

    Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital. Bangladesh were scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series, beginning tomorrow.
    Xi summit pushed back to at least April

    Xi summit pushed back to at least April

    In fact, no trade talks between Jinping and Trump's team has been set for more than two weeks already, CNBC reported. Trump spoke on the state of negotiations with China shortly before meeting with Republican senators on trade issues.
    Far-right Australian senator egged, faces censure for anti-Muslim comments

    Far-right Australian senator egged, faces censure for anti-Muslim comments

    The senator was expelled from Katter's Australian Party, after people condemned him for his "white supremacy ideology". Anning then immediately turns and slaps the teenager, before attempting to attack him again.


Most liked

You can now stream Apple Music on your Amazon Fire TV
However, they don't need to activate the skill on their Amazon Fire TV if they have already done that on their Amazon Echo . Google Home units previously made their platform available for Apple Music , but it was only for a brief period of time.

Amazon removes books promoting misinformation on autism cures
This therapy can cause deadly kidney damage and a slew of other serious side effects, according to the Mayo Clinic . Earlier this month, Amazon also appeared to remove anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video streaming.

George Clooney Is Defending His Friend Meghan Markle Again
Applications for the Amal Clooney Award are open to women or for others to nominate women until December 31, 2019. Amal, who attended Oxford University, is an worldwide and human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis known as 'Muggy Mike' found dead
Tributes have flooded in for late Love Island star Mike Thalassitis after he was found dead near his hometown on Saturday. During his time on the show he appared alongside Sam Thompson of Made In Chelsea fame, as well as Gemma Collins.

'Matches against Rafael Nadal bring extra energy'
He's at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open . "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)". Nadal said he won't play again until the Monte Carlo Masters clay event in mid-April.

Diet-induced changes favor innovation in speech sounds
They also found that labiodental sounds occurred accidentally when trying to make other speech sounds in the overbite model. Although languages around the world vary greatly, some share similar speech sounds.

3 things Barcelona need to do against Manchester United
Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has repeatedly stated Bale's intention to remain at the Bernabeu, but United are one of just a handful of clubs with the wherewithal to acquire the forward. "We want these games against the biggest clubs".

World reacts with disgust at New Zealand mosque attacks
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian. Calderdale leaders have offered their condolences and support in the wake of a shootings at mosques in New Zealand.

Right-wing speaker banned from Australia after calling Islam ‘barbaric’ religious culture
The ultra-right public speaker, a British national, who lives in the United States , was scheduled to tour Australia later this year to speak at a series of events.

Silvio Berlusconi: Model in trial killed by alleged ‘radioactive poisoning'
Ms Fafil, who was planning to write a book about the scandal, died two weeks ago but her death was kept secret. She was being held for theft and was also said to have attended his so-called "bunga-bunga" parties.

‘Left 4 Dead’ developer returns with a new co-op zombie shooter
For those that have been dying for a new Left 4 Dead game over the past few years, this news should bring a smile to your face. It's a brand new, original IP with zombie shooting similar to L4D but with features and mechanics that make it unique.

Apex Legends Data Mining Not "A Source of Truth", Says Respawn
The strategy of gathering influential streamers to promote a game is a common one, and no one can deny that it's not successful. At the time, though, I was not aware of exactly how much EA was paying streamers like Ninja and Dr.

Students Blame Chelsea Clinton for Christchurch Massacre, Force Her to Apologise
The president's son said people were blaming Clinton because of her decision to condemn anti-Semitism last month following Rep. However, Trump Jr. isn't the only one backing Clinton.

Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals
I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team out there, and that's all that I need to be a happy person. Manchester City have already won the Carabao Cup for a second successive campaign.

Mozambique: 7 Killed, Thousands Displaced After Mozambique Cyclone
The channel is located between the country of Mozambique on the African mainland and the island nation of Madagascar. Note the purple region (250 to 350mm) indicated over the central parts of Mozambique in a 24-hour period.