The State Department on Wednesday called on the world to join them to demand that the Iranian regime cease its “repression, imprisonment and execution of its citizens.”
Washington said the Iranian regime “jails and arrests its citizens who are defending their rights.”
The US comment comes after a prominent human rights activist Nasreen Sotoudeh was sentenced to prison for espionage.
The 55-year-old lawyer was arrested in June. The authorities told her that a court in Tehran had convicted her “in absentia” of spying, according to her lawyer.
Sotoudeh defended a number of women who were arrested in December and January for removing the hijab, which has been forced to wear in public since 1979.
In 2012, the lawyer won the Zakharov Prize for Freedom of Expression granted by the European Parliament.
Sotoudeh defended journalists and activists, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and a number of opposition activists arrested during protests in 2009 against the re-election of hardline former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
She spent three years in prison between 2010 and 2013, where she carried out a hunger strike twice in protest at her detention conditions in a Tehran prison and prevented her from meeting her son and daughter. She was released in September 2013 but was barred from leaving Iran until 2022.