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A Human Rights Defender in Prison: Nasrin Sotoudeh"s story

These are articles, reports, statements and developments in Nasrin Sotoudeh's case


  1. October 26, 2012, Nasrin Sotoudeh won prestigious Sakharov Award for "not bowing to fear".
  2. On October 24, 2012, Foreign Secretary, William Hague, urged Iran to release Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was on a hunger strike again.  
  3. 22 October 2012: Sotoudeh was taken to Evin Prison’s medical facility following 10 days of hunger strike amid worldwide concern for her well being.
  4. 16 October 2012: Nasrin Sotoudeh told her family that she will continue her hunger strike until the travel ban on her young daughter is lifted.
  5. One year later, 4 September 2011, Sotoudeh continues to serve her sentence.  Latest reports indicate that she is waiving her visiting rights in protest at the harassment of her family during prison visits
  6. 24 August 2011: in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Sotoudeh"s husband speaks about harassment of her family during prison visits
  7. 30 May 2011: Sotoudeh attends Iran Bar Association tribunal, who consider whether to revoke her licence
  8. May: Sotoudeh"s husband speaks to International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about her prison conditions
  9. FCO Spokesperson Barry Marston speaks to Shadi Sadr about women"s rights in Iran and Sotoudeh"s case

  10. "As a writer, as an activist, and as a lawyer she has dedicated herself to a simple and powerful idea: the principle that the rights guaranteed by law are absolute and shared equally by all. At a moment when women and men around the world are standing together peacefully to reclaim this most basic truth, she is in one of the world"s most infamous prisons, to the great shame of the Iranian government. In honoring her with this award, we stand with the millions of Iranians she has stood up for and inspired, and we urge individuals and governments around the world to join us in pressing for her immediate release."
  11. 13 April 2011: PEN present Sotoudeh with the Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, saying:

  12. Shirin Ebadi blogs to highlight Sotoudeh"s case