2020 Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh

PEN Norway is expressing serious concerns over human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s condition and treatment by the Iranian security services while she is gravely ill.
Nasrin Sotoudeh. Photo: Arash Ashourinia/Wikimedia

The Office of the Supreme Leader, Oslo, 24/09/20
Islamic Republic Street,
End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran

Dear Excellency,

PEN Norway is expressing serious concerns over human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s condition and treatment by the Iranian security services while she is gravely ill. We are urging that she receives vital medical care free from intimidation.

We are calling for her immediate pardoning and release from detainment by the Iranian security services. We are also calling for the immediate cessation of any harassment of her family.  We ask that the charges against her are being quashed, bringing an end to the use of the judiciary as a tool of repression and coercion against those seeking to better the lives of Iranian citizens.

We also join the Office of the United Nations Office High Commissioner for Human Rights in its call for Iranian authorities to immediately release all political detainees, whom are frequently targeted for expressing critical views and incarcerated without sufficient legal basis, and are at great risk of exposure to COVID-19 while incarcerated.

On behalf of the Writers in Prison Committee of Norway,

Øivind Hånes,
author