Today was a protest for women’s freedom and all those unjustly jailed in Iran.
The protest called on the Iranian authorities to release all those unlawfully detained and unjustly imprisoned, repeal all laws infringing on women’s freedom of choice
and immediately repeal the use of torture and the lashing of Nasrin Soutodeh and other innocent prisoners.
The protest, organized by International Observatory of Human rights, was held today on Wednesday to support the White Wednesdays movement. The movement originally emerged in Iran in 2014 and consists of women wearing white clothing on
Wednesdays to protest against the compulsory wearing of headscarves.
Among the many innocent people jailed in Iran for practicing their civil rights is internationally renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh recently handed
the new sentence of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes—an unusually brutal sentence even for hardline Iran.
Sotoudeh, awarded the Sakhrov prize by the European Union had represented opposition activists including women prosecuted for removing their mandatory
headscarf, was arrested in June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader.
The protest will also call for the release of British mom and charity worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, sentenced to five years in prison in Iran on fabricated espionage
charges. The foreign office recently granted Nazanin diplomatic protection, meaning injury to her is now injury to the UK.
Stand for Women’s Rights!