Target: Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, Head of the Judiciary
Goal: To release human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh and allow her to receive medical care and see her family.
Human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on a hunger strike for nearly a month, protesting the denial of her requests to be allowed visits from family members. She is also striking to object to the decision to prevent her young daughter from leaving the country. Sotoudeh was recently moved to solitary confinement by her jailors. It is believed that she has been transported in order to raise the pressure on her to break her strike. The history of hunger striking political prisoners in solitary confinement is not good. Hoda Saber, an Iranian journalist, died on the ninth day of a hunger strike in an Iranian prison. The outlook for Sotoudeh’s confinement should be considered just as bleak. She is a wrongfully imprisoned and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
The international community has taken to trying to release Nasrin but there is much work to do. The Iranian authorities recently cancelled a trip planned by a delegation of European Parliament members after the delegation requested to meet with Sotoudeh in prison. The imprisonment of Sotoudeh is just another mark against the human rights record of Iran.
Prior to her arrest, Mrs. Sotoudeh was an active member of the Defender of Human Rights Center in Iran. She also acted as the legal council for a large number of human rights activists, women’s rights activists, victims of child abuse and children who are on death row. Sign this petition to demand the immediate release of Nasrin Sotoudeh so that she may receive the health care that she no doubt needs. Sotoudeh’s husband wrote in a statement on Facebook that “she has lost so much weight and is so weak that she is unrecognizable to those who have not seen her for a while.” Her release would be a positive step forward for the country of Iran and allow for the international community to allow them to participate more in global affairs.
Dear Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani,
The imprisonment of Nasrin Sotoudeh is another mark against the human rights record of your country. I am concerned about your decision to move her to solitary confinement while she undergoes a hunger strike in Evin prison. Besides the fact that she is not allowed to see her children and other family members, the stress caused by the move to solitary could not improve her medical condition. Please allow for members of her family or members of the international community to check on Mrs. Sotoudeh’s condition.
I am concerned about reports of her poor health due to the strike and urge that she be transferred to an adequate medical center to receive attention. In addition, I request that Mrs. Sotoudeh be released immediately with no conditions. Furthermore, I ask that she be allowed to continue her work to improve the lives of citizens in your country.
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