Defenders Under Threat
Nasrin Sotudeh: A Defender Under Threat
Abdorrahman Boroumand Center
May 8, 2019
Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh is a member of the Bar Association and one of the most prominent Iranian human rights lawyers. She has been a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, the One Million Signatures Campaign, the Society for the Defence of Children's Rights, and Step by Step to Stop the Death Penalty and has represented numerous human rights defenders, political activists, women's rights activists, journalists, victims of violence against children, and those arrested following the 2009 presidential election. Among her most prominent cases have been the cases of Shirin Ebadi, Isa Saharkhiz, Keyvan Samimi, Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, Parvin Ardalan, and Arash Rahmani Pour. She has also worked with and published in a number of critical publications such as "Daricheh Goftogou". Sotoudeh passed the bar examination in 1995-96 but security officials prevented her from obtaining her license to practice law because of her publications, which were critical of the government. When she finally obtained her license in 2003-04, she represented political activists, jailed journalists, and child victims of violence. She spoke to the media about these cases, raising awareness about her clients' situation.