Sotoudeh was previously incarcerated in Iran from 2010 to 2013 after defending protesters who had been arrested during the 2009 demonstrations against the reelection of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The reason given behind her imprisonment was for allegedly "acting against national security" and "propaganda against the regime".
During these three years, Sotoudeh carried out three hunger strikes to protest against the conditions of her detention. With the support of the International community, she was pardoned and freed on 28th September 2013 and was even the last recipient of the International Human Rights Ludovic-Trarieux award in 2018.
Sotoudeh is now in need of the International community again, currently sitting in prison on charges of "conspiracy", "incitement to corruption and prostitution" and "disruption of public order".
The time has come for us to fight for Sotoudeh's freedom, as she has done for countless Iranian women.
In the name of all the values Marie Claire have always upheld – gender equality, women's rights and freedom of expression, Marie Claire Australia, as well as many of our International editions, demand Nasrin Sotoudeh's unconditional release.
Sign the petition here.