PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE:

Event 3pm (BST) Thursday 3 September 2020 Concerning Nasrin Sotoudeh Award- Winning Lawyer in a Dangerous Condition on Hunger Strike in Tehran Prison and Launch of Free Iran’s Lawyers Organisation

At 3pm (BST) on Thursday 3 September 2020 an online event will be held in regard to the internationally recognised human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is on her 21st day of hunger strike in Evin Prison, Tehran to protest Iran’s treatment of political prisoners. Sotoudeh is serving a sentence of more than 30 years on trumped up national security offences because of her fearless work defending women’s rights activists and lawyers who have acted in cases against the Iranian authorities.

This event will also mark the launching of the group Free Iran’s Lawyers (FreeIransLawyers.org) which will work to defend those who have been seized, imprisoned, and mistreated because of their work defending individuals in Iran.

The event and the Free Iran’s Lawyers organisation are being organised by Mohammad Moghimi, Michael Polak, and Shaparak Shajarizadeh.

Mohammad Moghimi is an Iranian attorney with expertise in human rights law who has represented a number of political prisoners and human rights activists such as Nasrin Sotoudeh, Athena Farghdani, Reza Khandan, and Farhad Meysamy.

Michael Polak is a barrister at the English Bar as well as a Director of Justice Abroad. Michael practises in public international law, human rights law, and criminal defence and is regularly instructed in high profile cases around the world including in cases involving the unjust imprisonment of fellow lawyers.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh is a women’s rights activist, human rights advocate, and author. She is the Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights and has published articles in TIME and National Post and spoken at the UN Human Rights Council about her lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Members of the press or those interested in Nasrin’s case and the imprisonment of lawyers in Iran can join this even tomorrow 3 September 2020 at 3pm (BST) (GMT+1) using the following link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76501674958?pwd=a1A0blV2T09kYm1EaW1FY0dXSGJXQT09 Meeting ID: 765 0167 4958 Passcode: FreeIran

For further information about Nasrin Soutodeh’s case or Free Iran’s Lawyers or to speak with anyone involved please contact Contact@FreeIransLawyers.org 1