Jailed Iran rights lawyer ends hunger strike

HRANA News Agency – Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has ended a hunger strike in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison after 49 days.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the internationally recognised Sotoudeh, 47, ended her protest yesterday after two lawmakers took steps to have authorities lift restrictions and harassment directed at her family.

Detained since August 2010, Sotoudeh is serving an 11-year prison sentence for defending political prisoners and aiding the human rights work of Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
The official charge against her is “conspiring against state security.”
This year, Sotoudeh won the European parliament’s prestigious Sakharov rights prize.
The mother of two young children began her hunger strike on October 17 to protest against her conditions in Evin prison, limits placed on family visits and official harassment of her relatives.
Her husband and 12-year-old daughter were slapped with a travel ban, among other punishment.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Tuesday she was “extremely concerned” about Sotoudeh, and called for her prompt release as well as the lifting of sanctions on her family.
The United Nations, the European Union and the world’s main international human rights groups have often called for Sotoudeh to be freed, calling her a prisoner of conscience.

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