The EU has expressed concerns about the continuing detention of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer. Catherine is a co-signatory on a letter to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, authored by Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake. The letter can be read below.
Honourable President Rouhani,
We write to express our deep concern about the continued detention of Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was arrested in June of this year to serve a five-year prison sentence for previously unreleased charges, apparently solely because of her human rights work.
Last week it was revealed that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing new charges, reportedly including charges of espionage, which is an extremely worrying development. Her case signifies that the Iranian judiciary continues to criminalise legitimate human rights activism.
We urge you to call on the judiciary to respect due process and disclose information about the charges that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing, and we call on you to do all within your power to ensure her unconditional release.
As a Sakharov Prize recipient, and as an immensely courageous and respected lawyer who is an inspiration to many in Iran and all over the world, Nasrin Sotoudeh has our ongoing support.