Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran on June 13, 2018 and taken to Evin prison, where she is detained. She has been denied access to her lawyer.
The most recent charges against Nasrin Sotoudeh stem from her peaceful human rights work, including her defense of women who were prosecuted in 2018 for peacefully protesting the forced hijab laws in Iran. In her indictment, the prosecution authorities listed seven charges against her, four of which were based on her opposition to forced hijab: “inciting corruption and prostitution”, “openly committing a sinful act by… appearing in public without a hijab”, “disrupting public order”, and “disturbing public opinion.”
Nasrin Sotoudeh’s peaceful human rights activities against the forced hijab law, including those undertaken in her role as a lawyer, such as meeting with her clients, have been used to build a criminal case against her.
The other three charges against her—“forming a group with the purpose of disrupting national security”, “spreading propaganda against the system” and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” —were also based on peaceful activities that the authorities have deemed as “criminal.” These activities include belonging to human rights groups such as the Centre for Human Rights Defenders and the Campaign for Step by Step Abolition of the Death Penalty. Even Nasrin Sotoudeh’s insistence on choosing an independent lawyer instead of one from the list of 20 selected by the Head of the Judiciary has also been cited by the prosecution authorities as a criminal act.
Nasrin has been repeatedly jailed in the past for her peaceful human rights work.