I look during the day and then check on the Amnesty website and see how the counter is ticking; 10.000, 15.000, 20.000. Name after name is added and it all goes faster. So many, it is only since last Tuesday, committed against the horrible treatment of the iranian human rights lawyer and writer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
She is already imprisoned and the other day we got a new påbackning: for the five years she has already been sentenced to was a further thirty-three – and-a-caning of 148 piskslag. This femtiosexåriga lawyer should, therefore, be subjected to a caning which with great probability will be her death.
his long career has been one of the most uncompromising defenders of human rights in Iran. One of her international acquaintances clients was the recipient of the Nobel peace prize in 2008, Shirin Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, and feminist activist. In their home country, Sotoudeh the epitome of the uncompromising and peaceful struggle for the rights of women and children, as well as for freedom of expression: the PEN has paid particular attention to how she dared to take on cases when the author been dragged to court for texts misshagat parts of the iranian clergy.
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in 2012, she was appointed by the EUROPEAN parliament to receive the sakharov prize, which is given to prominent defender of freedom of speech. Last year, she was awarded by the same token, the Swedish PEN's Tucholskypris. There, she could not pick up in Stockholm she was then already in prison. The last few years have been such for her, she has gone in and out of captivity and banned to work as a lawyer. None of this has gotten her to budge an inch. Now think you may have found a way to silence her for good.
But the treatment of her also shows how today's totalitarian states today consider themselves able to deal with democracy activists
the context unusually senseless it is to understand as a part of the power game that has broken out in Iran since the united states said up kärnenergiavtalet – between religious hawks and those who want to open the country to the outside world. Sotoudeh has defended, among others, women who have protested against the patriarchal laws by removing the legal veil. (”Invitation to corruption and prostitution”.)
But the treatment of her also shows how today's totalitarian states today consider themselves able to treat others – without any international consequences at all. It is only half a year ago the opposition saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered at their country's consulate in Istanbul. Despite this, it is business as usual for those who deal with Saudi – among them Swedish companies.
to Iran. It is entirely up to the so-called international community now: if this is to be a notice, among others, on how those who dare to fight the battle for democracy is to be ground into chips of its enemies. The ticking counter of the Amnesty shows that we are more and more who want to see another action from Sweden's side.