#StandUp4Nasrin Join us and voice your support for Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh


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 on November 12 to collectively and unanimously request the Iranian government to permanently release her, and drop all charges against her.

Let’s #StandUp4Nasrin! Now, more than ever.

  • Launch Date: November 12
  • 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 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. However, the authorities can order back to prison anytime.

Nasrin must be freed unconditionally and permanently. Let’s #StandUp4Nasrin!

How to get involved

Tweet your message of support - with just one click!

Here are some suggested tweets to be shared. The easiest way to support is to click the "TWEET THIS" button to automatically direct you to Twitter and copy and paste the selected message there. Feel free to adapt the text to fit your/ your organization’s tone of voice.

We encourage everyone to start posting on November 12 (and onwards) to help amplify our support for Nasrin.

Iranian #WHRD Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to an unjust prison sentence for standing up for human rights. She was temporarily freed for medical leave. Now, we must #StandUp4Nasrin and call for her unconditional and permanent release! #FreeNasrin

38 years and 148 lashes: this is the sentence Nasrin Sotoudeh received for defending civil rights, women's rights and opposing the death penalty. We demand that charges against her be dropped and she be PERMANENTLY released! #StandUp4Nasrin #FreeNasrin

Nasrin Sotoudeh's health deteriorated in prison, after her hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners amid #COVID19. She's freed on temporary medical leave, but this is not enough! Let's #StandUp4Nasrin and call for her permanent release!

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been temporarily freed. Now, we urge Iran to drop all charges against her. We #StandUp4Nasrin and for all human rights defenders in Iran. They must be allowed to carry out their #HumanRights work without fear of reprisals. #FreeNasrin

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  1. Print out the following #StandUp4Nasrin sign, or write #StandUp4Nasrin on a piece of paper.
  2. Tweet a photo of yourself/ your team holding the sign along with a message of support.
  3. Tweet a short video comment of yourself/ your team holding the sign.