Women and girls in Iran are not allowed to leave their homes unless they cover their hair with a headscarf and cover up their arms and legs with loose clothing. A movement against the compulsory hijab erupted in Iran in 2017 when one woman staged a solo act of resistance. She removed her headscarf and silently waved it on the end of a stick. Countless women across the country joined her, staging their own protests. They become known as the “Girls of Revolution Street.”
A human rights defender: jailed
In 2018, Nasrin defended some of these women who faced prosecution. Now, Nasrin has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes after two grossly unfair trials, and is separated from her husband and two children. Women should be able to choose what they wear, and lawyers should be able to defend their right to do so. This is the harshest sentence recorded against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities are stepping up their repression.
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This isn’t the first time Nasrin has been targeted. In 2010 she was sentenced to six years in prison for her human rights work. But when thousands of people like you stood up to demand her freedom, she was pardoned and released. Our campaign worked then, it can work again for Nasrin now.
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The source Amnesty International UK