Free Nasrin Sotoudeh

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes because of her work defending women's rights.
A movement against the compulsory hijab erupted in Iran in 2017 when one woman staged a solo act of resistance, removing her headscarf and silently waving it on the end of a stick. Countless women across the country joined her, staging their own protests, becoming known as the “Girls of Revolution Street.”

In 2018, Nasrin took on defending women facing prosecution because of these protests. Now, Nasrin is separated from her husband and two children, and can’t carry out her important work as a human rights lawyer. Women should be able to choose what they wear, and lawyers should be able to defend their right to do so.

This is the harshest sentence recorded against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities are stepping up their repression.

This isn’t the first time Nasrin has been targeted. In 2010 she was sentenced to six years in prison for her human rights work. But when thousands of people like you stood up to demand her freedom, she was pardoned and released. Join this petition to help free Nasrin!

In the name of all the values Marie Claire have always upheld – gender equality, women's rights and freedom of expression, Marie Claire Australia, as well as many of our International editions, demand Nasrin Sotoudeh's unconditional release.