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UN Rights Chief Warns Of New 'Crackdown' In Iran


Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of many who've been jailed.

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of many who've been jailed.

The UN human rights office has expressed concern about a new "crackdown" on lawyers and human rights defenders in Iran.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay highlighted the case of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who staged a hunger strike for several weeks after her arrest on September 4, as well as several other people associated with exiled Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.

A spokesman for Pillay, Rupert Colville, said that other cases included a defense lawyer for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose pending death sentence by stoning sparked international protests.

Lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei has been granted political asylum in Norway after fleeing Iran.

compiled from agency reports
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