Nasrin Sotoudeh elected honorary member of the Paris Bar by unanimous vote
March 14th, 2019.
Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is famous for having defended women who had taken off their hijab to protest against the compulsory hijab law. Her fight for human rights earned her the 2012 Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament, and the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize in 2018.
Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on June 13th, 2018. After several months of detention incommunicado, she learnt that a judgement had been pronounced in her absence: she was condemned to 33 years of imprisonment and 148 lashes. This conviction is based on 7 charges, among which “incitement to debauchery”.
It is an extremely heavy sentence, which adds to the 5 years imprisonment sentence she was already serving. Nasrin Sotoudeh had previously been detained from 2010 to 2013. Her husband, Reza Khandan, was himself condemned to 6 years of jail for having given news about Nasrin on Facebook.
On March 12th, 2019, the Council of the Paris Bar expressed its solidarity by granting the “honorary member” status to Nasrin Sotoudeh. This decision was voted unanimously.
Basile Ader, Vice-President of the Paris bar, explained in an interview with France Info [in French] that he expected the French government to take economic and/or diplomatic sanctions against Iran. Such a position would be coherent with President Macron’s commitment in favor of gender equality and women’s rights.
The OIAD fully supports the request made by Basile Ader, who also spoke about the situation of defence rights in Iran in an interview with RFI [in French].
The OIAD expresses its solidarity with Nasrin Sotoudeh and all the Iranian lawyers who face repression from the regime. The OIAD reaffirms the necessity of a strong mobilization asking for Nasrin Sotoudeh to be released immediately and without condition.