Human rights lawyering on the front line

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A panel discussion with Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Co-director of its Centre for Fundamental Rights,  Gollaleh Ahmadi, Bündnis90 / Die Grünen (tbc), Marcus Mollnau, President of the Berlin Bar Association and Stefan von Raumer, Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the DAV.

This discussion is co-organised by the Centre for Fundamental Rights, in association with the German premiere of the highly praised documentary NASRIN by Jeff Kaufmann, about the Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh.

As a lawyer and activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh fights for the rights of women, children, members of the LGBTQ+ community, artists, journalists and those receiving the death penalty in her country. In 2018, Nasrin was arrested for propaganda against the state and her human rights work, especially for her legal assistance to women who had violated the obligation to wear a hijab. The human rights lawyer, who denied the charges, was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Since being jailed, Nasrin has constantly been fighting for fair and better conditions in prison. In order to ensure a safer environment during the Coronavirus pandemic, she went on a 50-day hunger strike that put her life at risk. After being temporarily released due to her medical condition in November 2020, Nasrin was arrested again on 2 December 2020.

Join us for a discussion on the challenges and dilemmas faced by human rights lawyers, in particular in authoritarian contexts.

This event is hosted by the Human Rights Film Festival. Prior registration is not required

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