Human Rights Lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison

Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Security agents arrested the lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her home in June previous year.

Iran has faced global condemnation after one of the country's most prominent human rights lawyers, detained for eight months, said she had been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.

Nasrin is known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf. After another trial, the court sentenced her to a total of 38 years and 148 lashes.

In an open letter to the Iranian people, and sent by one of the authors to VOA Persia for publication, the group of 16 jurists emphasizes that the sentence violates the commitments enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic on the subject of human rights and due process.

Several Members of Parliament in Norway are also alarmed and strongly oppose her imprisonment and especially any lashes.

In 2010, Sotoudeh was arrested on charges of spreading propaganda against the state and for conspiring to harm state security.

There have been conflicting reports and statements about the length of the sentences imposed on Sotoudeh, with a judge at Tehran's Revolutionary Court saying earlier this month that she had been sentenced to seven years in prison on two charges.

United States govt has condemned the arrest and said, "We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes". Regarding her 2016 conviction, she apparently had no knowledge that espionage charges had been laid against her until she was arrested in 2018.

China hits back at 'prejudiced' US with own rights criticism
Local authorities recently compared them to " boarding schools ". It said it did not know how many children were affected.

Supreme Court Ruled Remington Gunmakers Can Be Sued Over Sandy Hook Shooting
They contend that the AR-15-style rifle used by shooter Adam Lanza on December 14, 2012 is too unsafe for the public. The case was then moved up to the state's highest court, and the decision to move forward was issued Thursday.

Love Island star Michael Thalassitis found dead aged 26
Mike's last photo on Instagram has been filled with loving messages after he shared a photo of himself in the gym. Steven Watt, who was Mike's manager when he played for Margate, tweeted "Absolutely gutted, RIP mate".

Halvorsen said Norway's foreign ministry would follow up the concrete case against Sotoudeh, in close cooperation with the European Union and other countries.

"It is utterly outrageous that Iran's authorities are punishing her for her human rights work", Amnesty International said in another statement. "This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said.

In this file photo taken on September 18, 2013 Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her home in Tehran after being freed following three years in prison.

"Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women's rights and speaking out against the death penalty", Philip Luther from Amnesty International said.

Amnesty demanded that Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and the sentence should be quashed without delay.

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

Khandan, her husband, was sentenced to six years in January for illicitly posting updates about his wife's case on Facebook, but he has yet to be imprisoned on that charge, Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, which is based in New York, told The New York Times last week.

Related:

  • Gaza protests along border called off after Israel airstrikes

    Gaza protests along border called off after Israel airstrikes

    Tensions between Israel and Gaza have been boiling ever since Palestinians began violent protests near Israel's border fence. Witnesses said powerful explosions from the air strikes rocked buildings in Gaza and lit the skies over targeted sites.
    George Clooney explains why he defended Meghan Markle

    George Clooney explains why he defended Meghan Markle

    Nominees will be judge on how inspirational, impactful, sustainable, and life-changing their actions have been. George and his wife Amal attended Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry in May, 2018.
    Trump questions Britain's handling of Brexit, eyes bilateral trade deal

    Trump questions Britain's handling of Brexit, eyes bilateral trade deal

    MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night . Lawmakers have committed the country to staying in the bloc unless a divorce deal is ratified.
  • Police in Brick arrest accused killer of reputed mob boss

    Police in Brick arrest accused killer of reputed mob boss

    Police say they are still investigating whether Cali's murder was a mob hit or whether he was killed for some other motive. This photo made available by the Italian Police in 2008 shows Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali.
    Errol Spence vs Mikey Garcia Weigh In Video

    Errol Spence vs Mikey Garcia Weigh In Video

    Not only is Spence used to the heavier division, the 29-year-old southpaw is about three inches taller and has a longer reach. The 2012 Olympian will headline a pay-per-view card for the first time since he turned pro six years ago. "I got one job".
    Human Ancestors' Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F's and V's

    Human Ancestors' Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F's and V's

    The change in human bite increased the likelihood of the sounds being accidentally produced and introduced into language, they suggest.
  • All American diplomats have left Venezuela, says Pompeo

    All American diplomats have left Venezuela, says Pompeo

    He has also promised an investigation into Guaido for "alleged involvement in the sabotage of the Venezuelan electricity system". Pompeo explained the presence of diplomats in Venezuela at this time has put constraints on USA policy.
    New Zealand mosque shootings kill 49 in what PM calls 'terrorist attack'

    New Zealand mosque shootings kill 49 in what PM calls 'terrorist attack'

    Felix took to social media today to tweet: 'Just heard the news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the gunman responsible for shootings was an Australian-born citizen.
    Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Tiny Waist In Sexy Cutout Jumpsuit

    Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Tiny Waist In Sexy Cutout Jumpsuit

    Kylie Jenner looked chic in a black sexy jumpsuit with cutouts while out and about in Los Angeles on March 15! It is more classic than any of the Kardashian/Jenner siblings have named their babies.
  • Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

    Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

    Andy Bettles, Svitolina's coach, told his player "She's dying physically" during the break after the fifth game of the set. Little known at the time, Osaka used her Indian Wells victory as a launching pad to beating Serena Williams for the U.S.
    Xi summit will not happen in March - Mnuchin

    Xi summit will not happen in March - Mnuchin

    Trump said he would boost tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% from the current 10%.Those 90 days ended March 1. In fact, no trade talks between Jinping and Trump's team has been set for more than two weeks already, CNBC reported.
    'Left 4 Dead' studio Turtle Rock returns with 'Back 4 Blood'

    'Left 4 Dead' studio Turtle Rock returns with 'Back 4 Blood'

    Additionally, the company wanted to let the industry know it is working on something big because it is looking to hire new talent. The studio chose to announce the game so soon because it is looking for community feedback early on in the development process.

Comments

Latest news

"Off-topic review bombs" will no longer count toward Steam user scores
Steam's review and rating system is a key part in many gamers' decision-making when they are on the hunt for a new title to play. A team at the company built a tool which identifies "anomalous review activity" as close to real-time as possible.

Play a (Stripped Down Version of) Dead or Alive 6 for Free
There's also a ton of changes to the base game including the addition of the DOA6 Happy Wedding Costumes Vol.1 set. It's a fast, snappy game, more agile and aggressive than Soul Calibur, with less combo memorisation than Tekken.

Kyle Van Noy Reacts To Malcom Brown’s Reported Deal With Saints
Brown, 25, played four years for the Patriots after being selected No. 32 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the signing, and Nick Underhill of the Advocate confirmed it.

Proposed bill would require Missouri residents to own an AR-15
McDaniel, who is a former sheriff's deputy, told the Associated Press that he knows his bill has no chance of becoming law. Gun shop owner Jeff Binkley displays AR-15 "Sport" rifles at Sarge's Sidearms on September 29, 2016 in Benson, Arizona.

Nigel Farage begins 200 mile 'Brexit betrayal' march
One counter-protester, Frank Hindle, said he was there "to point out that not everybody agrees with this crowd". One set off blue and yellow flares, the colours of the European Union , as protesters chanted "exit Brexit ".

Hexo (TSE:HEXO) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by CIBC
Hexo rose 6.63 percent and 5.81 percent in NY and Toronto, to finish with a closing price of US$5.92 and C$7.83. This morning, Hexo Corp HEXO released Q2 2019 numbers and shares are now soaring 6% in pre-market trading.

Record Flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, Captured in Satellite Imagery
Moderate flooding is expected along the Tittabawassee River in Midland County when it crests around 27 feet on Saturday morning. Flooding is also common if somewhat less widespread in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota in particular.

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final
The current world number two said he hopes to meet the Swiss great for the first time since the Shanghai Masters in October 2017. However, Federer and Nadal got to this appointment in a completely different state.

Australian politician sparks outrage when he blames ‘Muslim immigration’ for mosque attack
Police have arrested an Australian citizen in relation to the massacre. The Senator later took to Twitter to further express his opinions.

Solskjaer Says Man Utd Have Quality To Win Champions League
The 46-year-old said: 'Any game you lose is a big anti-climax. 'I don't agree with Gary Neville when he says teams should go out of this competition to focus on that.

Brenton Tarrant: Christchurch shootings suspect said Trump is 'symbol of white supremacy'
Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said: "When people are murdered exclusively due to their religion, this is an attack on us all". Calderdale leaders have offered their condolences and support in the wake of a shootings at mosques in New Zealand.

US Judge Sets November Trial for Trump Adviser Stone
Unlike at previous hearings, prosecutor Jeannie Rhee from Mueller's office handled arguments for the prosecution on Thursday. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free pending trial, but he is under the gag order and has travel limitations.

Muslim activist tears into Chelsea Clinton's 'caucasity' at NZ victims' vigil
Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), who sparked controversy last month when she tweeted that a fellow lawmaker was motivated by money to defend Israel.

Judge Sides With Apple in $1 Billion Qualcomm Dispute
The jury agreed with Qualcomm's contention that it should be paid $1.41 per iPhone relying on three of its patents. As you might imagine, Qualcomm was happy with the jury's decision while Apple said it was disappointed with it.

No Man’s Sky Beyond is a three-part, multiplayer-focused expansion
Just don't classify it as an MMO , Hello Games said, as it won't require a subscription and won't feature microtransactions . Today, the next update for No Man's Sky was revealed, and it sounds like it's going to be another big one.

Other news