What would Nasrin Sotoudeh say to an abaya wearing Ardern?


Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been so harshly sentenced after years of representing Iranian women that she may live out the rest of her life in prison. But first she has to survive 148 lashes.

55 year old Sotoudeh was found guilty in a secret trial where she was not able to choose her own defence, of defending Iranian women accused of removing their hijabs in public. This is a crime in Iran.

She was accused of collusion against national security, appearing before a court without a hijab, disturbing the peace, anti-state propaganda, and ?encouraging corruption and prostitution.? In Iran, if a woman’s dress is not considered modest, which is being covered head to toe, she is considered guilty of encouraging corruption and prostitution. If she is raped it is considered to be her own fault.

Despite being previously imprisoned Sotoudeh refused to abandon her fellow country women to their fate of unfair trials at the hands of “just 20 state approved lawyers”. Quote.

After two trials described by Amnesty International as ?grossly unfair,? Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

Sotoudeh, who has?dedicated her life to defending Iranian women prosecuted for removing their hijabs in public, has been in the crosshairs of Iran?s theocratic government for years.

In 2010, she was convicted of conspiring to harm state security and served half of a six-year sentence. Then, in June of last year, she was rearrested on an array of dubious charges.

Tried in secret, details of her ordeal have often come via her husband, Reza Khandan, who wrote of her new, much harsher sentence on his Facebook page on Monday.

Sotoudeh was ultimately charged with seven crimes and given the maximum sentence for all of them. Five additional years were added from a 2016 case in which she was convicted in absentia.

The total 38-year sentence was severe even by Iranian standards ? a country often accused of human rights abuses, particularly involving women. end of quote

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Sharia compliant Jacinda in hijab and Abaya Image credit: TexAgs

Soltoudeh might ask Ardern why she does not recognize the price Muslim women must pay to pursue the right to dress as they want.

She might ask Ardern why she does not value her own freedom.

She might ask Ardern why she is not standing with persecuted Muslim women in other countries like Iran.

She might ask Ardern why she is not using her place on the international stage to make a statement about the repression of Muslim women.

She might ask Ardern why she is not demonstrating to Muslim women in New Zealand the freedom to wear western clothes if they want instead of endorsing their obligation to wear a scarf and abaya.

She might ask Ardern why, as the leader of a free country, she chose to subjugate herself to Muslim men.

Soltoudeh, and her fellow women #GirlsoftheRevolution protesting the compulsory wearing of the hajib would quite likely throw up her hands in horror at Ardern’s naivety.