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Imprisoned Nasrin Sotoudeh on hunger strike (04/09/2018)

Iranian human rights lawyer and 2012 Sakharov Prize laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on 13 June and taken to Evin prison in Tehran shortly after she joined other lawyers in condemning the Iranian judiciary's decision to force detainees held on politically motivated charges to choose their lawyers from a list of 20 approved by the judiciary. Previously, she was condemned in absentia in 2015 for "espionage in hiding" to a five-year sentence and refused to appear in court after being summoned in November 2017. Nasrin Sotoudeh faces various additional charges, most recently connected with her legal defence of anti- headscarf protesters such as Shaparak Shajarizadeh and Maryam Shariatmadari, and for participating in the formation of Legam, a banned Iranian organisation that opposes the death penalty. Nasrin Sotoudeh started a hunger strike on 25 August to protest various detentions and pressures by the judiciary against her family, associates and friends. She thus joined in solidarity human rights activist Farhad Meysami who was arrested on 31 July for protesting against forced headscarf and has been on hunger strike since.

EP President Antonio Tajani as well as Vice-President Heidi Hautala and Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights Pier Antonio Panzeri reacted by calling for Sotoudeh's immediate release. In a letter sent to President Rohani at the initiative of MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL) on 22 August, 60 MEPs reiterate the call. "Her case signifies that the Iranian judiciary continues to criminalise legitimate human rights activism", the MEPs state.

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