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Jailed Iranian Human Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike

Prominent jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, confirmed in a short telephone conversation with her husband, that she is on the twelfth day of a hunger strike.

Sotoudeh, who defended many political activists and campaigners in Iran’s presidential elections last year, has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since September 4, 2010, after police forces allegedly attacked her house and arrested her in front of her husband and children charges of “acting against state security” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” according to Amnesty International.

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and a group of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and others, have called for the immediate and unconditional release of Sotoudeh in a joint statement last week. Ebadi has also expressed deep concern about Sotoudeh’s health during the hunger strike, according to the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Sources:

Deutsche Welle 10/6/10; Amnesty International 10/1/10; Nobel Women's Initiative

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