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Nasrin Sotoudeh

This one should be very easy for any civilized person.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a lawyer in Iran. She has suffered arrest and prosecution more than once in the past. She defends women who appear in public without the veil that Iranian law requires since the 1979 revolution that overthrew the Shah, famous in the United States as the incident in which student revolutionaries took U.S. citizens hostage for over a year.

What matters now is that a judge has sentenced Sotoudeh to 30 years in prison and 148 lashes for her most recent alleged offense. The regime typically calls her supposed crimes offenses against national security. This time, she is also alleged to have insulted the supreme leader.

Punishing lawyers for doing their jobs is especially dangerous because it threatens the whole concept of due process of law, as we call it in the United States, which includes the right to counsel in criminal cases. Penalizing women for wearing what they want in public is obviously entirely unacceptable.

Whipping criminal defendants is grotesque.

Sotoudeh’s case has drawn widespread condemnation globally. Amnesty International, the human rights organization, has a petition calling on the Iranian regime to reverse her sentence. It is here.

We should all sign it and take any other steps we can to help Sotoudeh in her hour of need.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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