Margot Parker MEP, Nasrin Sotoudeh

Margot Parker MEP - Nasrin Sotoudeh has been treated unbelievably cruelly

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 15 March 2019

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MARGOT Parker MEP has urged the international community to do more to stop the unacceptable attack on human rights in Iran.

The East Midlands MEP has spoken out on the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer, whose family said she has been sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes.

Mrs Parker said: "This is unbelievable cruelty - it's breathtaking and completely unacceptable.

"The international community has to do more to clampdown on the abuse of human rights in Iran and send a clear message this type of action will not be tolerated."

Before her arrest, Ms Sotoudeh had represented a number of women arrested for appearing in public without a headscarf, or hijab - a punishable offence.

She is also a former political prisoner - jailed in 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda, which she denied.

The latest charges relate to spreading information against the state, insulting Iran's supreme leader and spying.

Mrs Parker said: "I also understand Iran was just appointed to the UN Women's Rights Committee, which, judges complaints of women's rights violations. It is scarcely believable."



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