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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 09:21 AM

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Twins in persecuting women for having a voice

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Iran human rights lawyer jailed for 38 years, say family

A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in jail and 148 lashes in Tehran, her family say.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies.

Rights groups strongly criticised the "shocking" sentence against the award-winning human rights activist.

Ms Sotoudeh is known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf.


Saudi Arabia puts women's rights activists on trial

A number of women's rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia in a case that has raised questions about the kingdom's human rights record.

Those appearing include Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent figure in the campaign to win Saudi women the right to drive. She was detained last May.

Charges they face are said to include supporting "hostile elements" and could carry long prison sentences.
In November, human rights groups reported that at least four of the women were alleging that interrogators had tortured them, including with electric shocks and whippings, and had sexually harassed and assaulted them. The Saudi deputy public prosecutor has said the allegations are false.


Bloody theocracies.

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