Nasrin Sotoudeh
Name: Nasrin Sotoudeh
Country: Iran
Status: Jailed

Nasrin Sotoudeh was born in 1963 in Iran to a religious family. She attended Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, where she eventually emerged with a Master's Degree in International Law. Eight years after successfully passing the bar exam in 1995, she was finally given her permit to practice law. She and her husband have two young children.

Nasrin's human rights work includes protecting abused children and mothers, and preventing abusive fathers from regaining custody over their victims. She has handled many high-profile abuse cases as well as journalists and newspapers' cases. She has also represented imprisoned Iranian democracy activists and politicians since the stolen 2009 elections in Iran, and fights for the rights of prisoners sentenced to death for crimes they committed as minors.

Goverment Relations:

On September 4, 2010, Sotoudeh was arrested by Iranian police for "spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security." She has been imprisoned since at the notorious Evin Prison, home to numerous Iranian human rights abuses. 

Nasrin has launched five hunger strikes in prison to protest the denial of her rights, including phone calls and visitation from her family or to support her cell mates' rights. 

On January 10 2011, Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and banned from working as a lawyer for 20 years. Her lawyers are expected to file an appeal.

Related Links: