Iran  Verklaring Nasrin Sotoudeh voorgelezen tijdens uitreiking MEA
19 oktober 2012

Iran Verklaring Nasrin Sotoudeh voorgelezen tijdens uitreiking MEA

Op 2 oktober werd in Geneve de Martin Ennals Award uitgereikt. Deze prijs wordt jaarlijks toegekend aan iemand die een uitzonderlijke staat van dienst heeft in de strijd voor de mensenrechten en daardoor bescherming nodig heeft.

Dit jaar was Nasrin Sotoudeh een van de drie genomineerden. Deze Iraanse advocate zit een lange gevangenisstraf uit wegens propaganda tegen het regime in de Evin gevangenis, de grootste gevangenis van Iran. Op de avond van de uitreiking van de prijs werd een verklaring van Nasrin Sotoudeh voorgelezen.

In haar verklaring stond onder andere:
Like many amongst you, the passion for justice has been with me from my childhood. It has grown and developed within me, as I have. In my youth, I realized that studying the Law and becoming a lawyer would allow me to fulfil this passion.

Despite all its difficulties, being a lawyer and defending the rights of children, women and those whose rights have been violated for seeking freedom, makes the dream of having justice possible.
Without justice, even relative justice, life becomes unbearable. I have in my own way tried to realize that relative justice.

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