Nasrin Sotoudeh

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30th September 2020.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Inclusive Society), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government has repeatedly expressed its concern at Nasrin Sotoudeh's ongoing detention. This was most recently raised with the Iranian Ambassador on 22 September, when we handed over a letter from E3 Foreign Ministers about the human rights situation in Iran. On 25 September the UK also joined 46 other countries in calling for her release at the Human Rights Council. Iran's record on human rights is of serious and longstanding concern to the UK, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has designated it as one of its Human Rights Priority Countries. We regularly raise human rights with the Iranians at all levels and we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record on all human rights issues.

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