Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer who had attended a demonstration in Tehran against acid attacks on women by religious nut-cases/women-haters, has been detained by Irainian authorities. Two days earlier Arya Jafari, who works as a photographer for the Insa news agency and who documented the spate of acid attacks, was arrested. Clearly the two incidents are not unconnected and signal appeasement by Iranian authorities to the fundamentalists, who still hold sway.
The spate of acid attacks involved two men on motorcycles who would pull up cars driven by women where the windows were down and where the women were ‘incorrectly dressed’. One women died from the attack. The Iranian Government appears to support the women but to appease the fundamentalists will target their advocates.
Sotoudeh, a human rights advocate, has previously spent three years in prison for merely representing political activists. “While returning from the sit-in outside the Bar Association in Tehran, Nasrin was detained along with several friends and colleagues,” her husband, Reza Khandan, said on his Facebook page. “They photographed and ran identity checks on all the detainees and then released everyone but Nasrin, who is still detained wantonly and without a court order.” In 2012 Sotoudeh was awarded the Sakharov prize for freedom of thought by the European Parliament.