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Iranian Activist Sentenced To 38 Years In Prison Over ‘Anti-State’ Activities

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A prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes over national-security related offences.

She is also charged with being involved in anti-state activities, insulting the supreme leader and spying. Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, wrote on Facebook that the sentence was decades in jail and 148 lashes, unusually harsh even for Iran, as crackdown on dissent continues in the country.

As many as 7 other human rights activists were arrested in Iran last year in 2018.

Rights groups across the country and beyond have condemned the sentence to the award winning blogger, who denies all charges against her.

Sotoudeh is known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf.

Amnesty International member Philip Luther said that the activist has dedicated her life to speaking out against the death penalty and defending the rights of women. He said that her punishment was outrageous.

“It is utterly outrageous that Iran’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work,” he said.

Sotoudeh is also a former political prisoner – she was jailed between 2010 and 2013 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.

‘Nasrin Is A Hero’

‘Defending Women’s Right Is Not A Crime’

‘An Appalling Travesty Of Justice’

Last year, Iranian actress Maedeh Hojabri was arrested for posting a dance video on social media. Protests erupted worldwide and in Iran as women took to streets and danced demanding release of Hojabri.

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