Feminist School, Iran
There is No Logical
Justification Legally or Generally for the Pressure Which the Activists of the
Women's Movement Are Under
Mansoureh Shojaee's interview with Nasrin Sotoudeh
about her being summoned to the court and other events in recent weeks.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of the courageous lawyers of Iranian
: January 30 ,2009 was the start of hard time against civil
activists specially activists of women movement. It began by arrest of three
members of campaign for one million signatures in Bam -e - Tehran area and
continued by three other arrest in Shahran area in Tehran . Nasrin Sotoudeh ,
one of the courageous lawyers of women's movement ,received a summon hence the
interview with Nasrin sotoudeh.
Feminist School: Ms Sotoudeh we
were informed that you have received a summon to be present at security court
within 3 days . please tell us more about the detail?
Nasrin Sotoudeh: At first I have
to thank you for your ad hoc communication and then I have to say I received the
summon on February 4,2009 and I have to be at the court within 3 days and it
should be for the case of
June 12 which I was arrested while I was defending my client Mr. Samimi .
F.S: Ms.Sotudeh with a glance to
the to the women's movement calendar in the past week we have faced some violent
events against activists .how do you see the process?
N.S: As you are aware Nafiseh Azad
(1) and two of her friends
were arrested while they were collecting signatures which in fact they
didn't commit any crime because according to the law ,collecting signatures is
not a crime .at the same day in another part of Tehran ,Kaveh Mozafari ,Jelveh
Javaheri and Nahid Keshavarz were arrested but with people's support they aware
released. at the same time the security forces went to
Aliyeh Eghdam Doost home in Fouman and arrest her .Then they issued an
official notice for Nahid Keshavarz ,they also issued imprisonment ruling for
Mehrchehreh Moshrefi and her husband ,next they entered Nafiseh Azad's home
violently and lastly I received a summon which I have to introduce my self to
the security court in 3 days .all these actions show the more pressure on
women's movement , a civil and peaceful movement which started by informing
public about the current laws and then the movement continued with the logical
steps of announcing its foundation publicly and officially to the parliament
that we will be collecting signatures for change.
Sotoudeh: The Ardent, Passionate and Dedicated Attorney at Law
by Syma Sayyah
There are thousands of hard working professional women in Iran who
go about their work with great determination, zest and the highest
level of professionalism. At the same time they remain human,
caring, kind and successful. This is the story of one such lady,
F.S: By what understanding or logic are these enforcers exerting such
N.S: No legal or general logic can
justify such pressure on people who want their rights in peaceful manner hence
such tactics will never succeed to stop the activities.
F.S: You are aware that after
Simone de Beauvoir prize by the Iranian women of one million signatures has
brought a lot of attention in the world by such peaceful and civil movement and
has encouraged all our members. Do you think that the recent violent attacks on
women's movement is a retaliation to our success?
N.S: As you know to be honoured by
such prizes is a portrayal of solidarity by the public internationally with the
movements in Iran as to why the official line of a government is to try to go
against the international opinion is a question that one should ask the
F.S: What is apparent that such
prizes shows support and solidarity with the women's movement and it is natural
that such support and solidarity will become much more stronger. Do you think
that similar attacks on the civil movement is connected?
N.S :Certainly such pressure is
not sudden and without connection with the rest of the movement.