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Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ‘Resumes Hunger Strike’ In Prison

Publication Date: 
December 9, 2010
Freedom Messenger
Nasrin Sotoudeh

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Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh is on hunger strike for the third time, her husband has told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.

Reza Khandan told Radio Farda on December 7 that Sotoudeh resumed her hunger strike because her demands have not been met. He said that in violation of assurances given by the judge when she first appeared in court, her temporary arrest has been extended and her request for release on bail rejected.

Update: Iran: Release of Shiva Nazar Ahari

Shiva Nazar Ahari released


The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW campaign) welcome the news that Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from prison on Sunday 12 September 2010. 


However, though she is free now, her sentence will be given in approximately two weeks’ time.  One of the charges against Ms. Nazar Ahari is moharebeh (enmity with God), which can be punishable by death in Iran. We therefore urge you to write to the Iranian officials and the embassy of Iran in your country to welcome the release of Ms. Nazar Ahari and to urge all charges against her in connection with her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association to be dropped.


A sample letter is attached.

Shiva Nazar Ahari Iranian human rights defender released

Publication Date: 
September 12, 2010
Shiva Nazar Ahari


Shiva Nazar Ahari, a 26 year old notable Iranian human rights defender, was released today after an ongoing international campaign on Islamic regime

Shiva nazar ahari former speaker of the student committee for the defense of political prisoners in Iran and current speaker of the committee for human rights reporters in Iran, had been arrested in Desember 2009 on her way to Qom city in Iran.