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Iranian Authorities Must End Unjust Imprisonment of Sotoudeh
Freedom House expresses concern with the deteriorating health of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and calls on Iranian officials, in particular Jafari-Dowlatabadi, the Public Prosecutor General for Tehran, to end the unjust imprisonment of Sotoudeh, cease its harassment of her family, and allow her immediate access to medical care.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and the winner of the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize, who has represented many human rights activists following the fraudulent 2009 election. She is currently serving a six-year sentence in Tehran's notorious Evin prison after being accused of political crimes, including "acting against national security."
Sotoudeh has been on a hunger strike for 48 days to protest the mistreatment of her family by prison authorities, including depriving her of regular family visits, and has pledged to continue to strike until her demands are met. Despite international outcry regarding her hunger strike, judicial officials have denied Sotoudeh’s request to lift the travel ban on her 12-year-old daughter and prison authorities also reacted to the request by transferring Sotoudeh to solitary confinement for three weeks.
Iran is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2012, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2012 and Freedom on the Net 2012. Sotoudeh’s case is among the many recent attacks on human rights defenders, their work and their families by the Iranian regime. Although the regime denies holding any political prisoners, human rights groups have been able to identify at least 1,000 to date. Many of these prisoners are held in secret.
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