UN rights chief calls for release of Iran lawyer

November 23, 2010 14:27

The UN's top human rights official on Tuesday called on Iran to release a lawyer detained on suspicion of spreading propaganda against the ruling system.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Iranian authorities should "urgently" review the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh "and expedite her release."Pillay said in a statement that Sotoudeh's case is "part of a much broader crackdown" and that the situation of human rights defenders in Iran was "growing more and more difficult."

Sotoudeh, who was detained on Sept. 4, has defended dissidents arrested after the disputed presidential election in June 2009.

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