Nasrin Sotoudeh: Iran’s protests have quieted however anger stays, says famend human rights lawyer

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Iran's protests have quieted but anger remains, says renowned human rights lawyer


A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has told CNN that while a brutal state crackdown has succeeded in quieting the demonstrations that gripped the country for months, many Iranians still want regime change.

In an exclusive interview Wednesday from her home in Tehran, Nasrin Sotoudeh told CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour that, “the protests have somewhat died down, but that doesn’t mean that the people are no longer angry … they constantly want and still want a regime change. They want a referendum.”

Sotoudeh, renowned around the world for advocating for the rights of women, children and activists in Iran, is currently on medical furlough from jail, after being sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes in March 2019.

Nationwide protests rocked Iran last fall, as decades of bitterness over the regime’s treatment of women and other…