The Right Livelihood Foundation and PEN America are calling on the human rights community to participate in the Campaign #StandUp4Nasrin. We invite you to join us to collectively and unanimously request the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Nasrin, and drop all charges against her.
On 12 November, 2020, thirty-eight members of the German Bundestag sent an open letter to the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani demanding her release. On the same day, through a video message, they called on the international community to #StandUp4Nasrin.
- Launch Date: November 12 (Ongoing)
- Primary Hashtag: #StandUp4Nasrin
- Secondary Hashtag: #FreeNasrin
- Graphic Assets: Download
- Campaign co-hosts: @rightlivelihood, @PENamerica
- Suggested handles to tag: @HassanRouhani (English)/ @Rouhani_ir (Persian), @Iran_UN, and the Iranian Embassy in your country
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a fearless Iranian human rights lawyer. During the last 15 years, she has defended political prisoners, opposition activists and journalists who were persecuted by the Iranian authorities. Her insistence on standing for the rule of law and against oppression have made her a symbol of the struggle for justice in Iran.
On 11 March 2019, Nasrin was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes on trumped up political charges as a result of her peaceful human rights work. As a defender of human rights and political freedoms, Nasrin has been continuously targeted and harassed by the Iranian authorities. Her husband and daughter have been facing persecution and prosecution as well.
Throughout these ordeals, she has maintained her commitment to the realisation of human rights and gained international recognition for her work, including the 2020 Right Livelihood Award, the 2012 Sakharov Prize, and the 2011 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
On August 11, 2020, Nasrin began a hunger strike to protest Iran’s prison conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the authorities’ decision to keep incarcerated those imprisoned for nonviolent ‘political’ crimes. On the 40th day of her hunger strike, after considerable delay, she was taken to hospital with cardiac and pulmonary complications. Five days later, she was transferred back to Evin prison before completing her full medical treatment and ended her hunger strike the following day due to the severe risk to her life.
On 20 October, the Iranian authorities transferred Nasrin from Evin prison to Qarchak prison, whose standards for the treatment of prisoners are far worse. On November 7, Nasrin was released for a temporary medical leave. Once at home, she tested positive for COVID-19, which she had contracted in prison. She then spent three weeks quarantining at home, and was unexpectedly ordered back to prison on December 2, before she could undergo her medical treatment or even hug her children.
This outrageous order from the authorities, which is against her doctors’ advice, could put her life, once again, in grave danger. This decision must be reconsidered with utmost urgency. Nasrin’s right to health must be upheld and she must be freed immediately and unconditionally.
Let’s #StandUp4Nasrin! Now, more than ever.
How to get involved
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We encourage everyone to start posting on November 12 (and onwards) to help amplify our support for Nasrin.
🇮🇷 #WHRD Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to an unjust prison sentence for standing up for #HumanRights in one of the most repressive regimes. Now, we must stand up for her and call for her immediate and unconditional release! #StandUp4Nasrin #FreeNasrin
38 years & 148 lashes: this is the sentence Iran handed to Nasrin Sotoudeh for defending civil rights, women's rights and opposing the death penalty. Today, we demand that charges against her be dropped and she be released! #StandUp4Nasrin #FreeNasrin
Nasrin's health deteriorated in prison after a hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners amid #COVID19. After 3+ months, she hasn't received adequate medical care. Let's #StandUp4Nasrin and demand her basic rights be respected.
Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and stood up against the #DeathPenalty. She is now serving an unjust sentence. We #StandUp4Nasrin and for all 🇮🇷 human rights defenders. They must be allowed to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.
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