Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights Lawyer, in Critical Condition in Evin Prison

Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights Lawyer, in Critical Condition in Evin Prison

Published by on August 20, 2020

International Liberty Association: Nasrin Sotoudeh, the human rights lawyer prisoner, has been transferred to the clinic of the Evin Prison, due to her critical condition, according to her husband, Mr Reza Khandan.
It should be mentioned that Nasrin Sotoudeh started her unlimited hunger strike on 11 August 2020, after sending out an open letter saying she is protesting the authorities refused to release human rights activists and political prisoners during the pandemic and the “cruel conditions” in the Iran prisons.

Nasrin Sotoudeh in critical condition was taken to the clinic of the Evin Prison at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 August 2020, wrote Mr Khandan in his Facebook account citing one of his wife’s cellmates who had just come out on leave that day.

Mrs Sotoudeh’s cellmate said, “Nasrin intended to refrain from drinking water and liquids in protest to the apprehension of her daughter, Mehraveh Khandan.”

ILA: Her daughter, Mehraveh Khandan was arrested on 17 August, and was kept for several hours.

Sadly, there is a restriction on the use of telephones in the women’s ward of Evin, so that unfortunately Mr Khandan they would not have any news on Nasrin Sotoudeh until Saturday evening.

Earlier, Mrs Sotoudeh’s attorney, Mohammad Moghimi wrote a letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, calling for the release of his client and other political prisoners in Iran.

The letter was published on Monday, 17 August after the arrest of Mehraveh Khandan, Mrs Sotoudeh’s daughter, for several hours. In this letter, Mr. Moghimi expressed concern about the life of his client because of her hunger strike.

He further stressed that the Iran authorities have ignored all international principles of human rights and internal laws of its own despite the Covid-19 pandemic in Iranian prisons, putting the lives of prisoners at grave risk.

He urged Mr Guterres to use all the available means and take urgent action to convince the Iranian authorities to adhere to its international obligations and internal laws, and unconditionally release Nasrin Sotoudeh and other human rights activists and prisoners of conscience and political prisoners.

ILA: To bring more pressure on Mrs Sotoudeh, the Iranian Judiciary has also sentenced her husband, Reza Khandan, to six years imprisonment.

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