Radio Farda – Reza Khandan has confirmed that his wife jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is back on hunger strike. She began the hunger strike on Sunday to protest the mishandling of her case file.
In an interview with Radio Farda, Khandan said that Sotoudeh is on a dry hunger strike. He stated that during their last meeting his wife was “extremely weak, her face had turned black and the children cried the whole time.”
Nasrin Sotoudeh had previously gone on hunger strike on September 25th and stopped around October 26th. According to her husband, the human rights lawyer had threatened that she would go on hunger strike again if her prison conditions did not change. Khandan said, “Mrs. Sotoudeh is protesting her incarceration along with the mishandling of her case file. She had said in the past that she would break her first hunger strike only on the condition that the promises made to her were kept, but it is now clear that nothing has changed.”
This is happening even though there was news that on Sunday, Tehran’s Attorney General visited the prison and had a meeting with Sotoudeh. Khandan said that Sotoudeh had already begun her hunger strike that day and, since her meeting with Tehran’s Attorney General did not change her mind about anything, she has re-commenced her hunger strike.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is charged with acting against national security, congregation and collusion with intent to disrupt national security, and cooperation with the Center for Human Rights Defenders. She is incarcerated since September 3, 2010.
The lawyer’s immediate release has been requested by many human rights agencies including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders.
Political and human rights activists have also protested against her arrest and demanded her release, including Vaclav Havel (former president of the Czech Republic), Shirin Ebadi (human rights lawyer), and Zahra Rahnavard (wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi).