EU condemns conviction of Iranian human rights lawyer

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Tuesday condemned the recent conviction of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to at least seven years’ imprisonment as “a worrying development.” Maja Kocijancic spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement said the EU expects an immediate review of her sentence as well as the conviction of her husband Reza Khandan, who was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment in January 2019.

“The European Union also expects Iran to ensure that both Mr. Khandan and Ms. Sotoudeh’s right to appeal their sentences is protected,” she said.

Sotoudeh, winner of the European Parliament Human Rights Sakharov Prize in 2012, was convicted following a trial held in absentia which also featured a number of other violations of the right to due process, noted the spokesperson.

She added that the right to protest peacefully, as well as the right to express opinion in a non-violent manner, are cornerstones of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party.

Source: Kuwait News Agency