Amnesty International [advocacy website] called on [Amnesty report] the Iranian government Wednesday to release prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, whom the government had arrested on unknown charges.
Recently, Sotoudeh had advocated against Article 48 of Iran’s 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure [text]. A note to Article 48 requires that individuals charged in serious criminal cases and in cases of political dissidence choose a defense lawyer that is pre-approved and listed by the judiciary.
Earlier this year, Sotoudeh was prosecuted for participating with other women in a peaceful protest of the compulsory veiling [Amnesty report] law in Iran. Sotoudeh was also sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 for speaking out against the government but released early in 2013 on a pardon.
In 2012 Sotoudeh received the Sakharov award [European Parliament press release] for her activism in the sphere of human rights.
The Iranian government’s action against Sotoudeh follow a trend in the government’s treatment of activists with recent criticism [JURIST report] by UN human rights experts earlier this year for its treatment of imprisoned human rights defenders Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi.