UN Condemns Iran for Sentencing Human Rights Activist

at the State prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson. Conservative legislators who championed strict three-strikes laws and other tough crackdowns that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and nonviolent offenders and releasing some felons early from prison. (AP …
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The BBC reports:

The UN says it is appalled at a further 10-year prison sentence imposed by Iran on a prominent human rights activist, already serving six years in jail.

Nargis Mohammadi was found guilty of several different charges including “founding an illegal group”.

Ms Mohammadi, who works closely with the Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, had been campaigning against the death penalty in Iran.

Iranian officials have not commented on the sentence.

Ms Mohammadi was the vice-president of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center.

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