Iran – Iranian lawyer on hunger strike / URGENT ACTION

HRANA News Agency – Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and has been imprisoned in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. On September 25 she began a hunger strike to protest being denied visits and phone calls from her family. On October 31 Ms Sotoudeh continued to protest her detention and ill treatment. In January 2011 Ms. Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison in addition to the block to exercise its right and to leave the country for 20 years. Her sentenced has been reduced to 6 years in prison, and a 10 year ban from practicing law. The 20 year ban for her to leave the country has not been mentioned in the appeals court’s decision.
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