Iranian Nasrin Sotoudeh ends 45-day hunger strike

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The Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, which defends the human rights in your country, ended more than 45 days of hunger strike due to health problems, her husband announced on Saturday.

“We spoke very briefly this morning. She decided to break her hunger strike for fear of exacerbating her heart disease,” her husband, Reza Khandan, told AFP by phone.

Khandan had announced on social media that Sotoudeh, 57, had started a hunger strike on August 11 to denounce the conditions of incarceration of political prisoners detained for “unlikely” reasons, and their judicial horizon unclear.

“Her body was no longer able to continue the strike, after more than 45 days without feeding,” her husband said on Saturday.

Weakened

Sotoudeh was hospitalized after being “severely weakened” by the hunger strike, Reza Khandan announced on September 19. She was returned to jail on Wednesday “without any medical intervention” after five days of hospitalization, he lamented.

Awarded in 2012 with the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament, was sentenced in 2019 to 12 years in prison for defending a woman arrested for demonstrating against the obligation of Iranian women to wear veils.

“Because of her heart problems, she hoped that they would at least transfer her to the prison clinic,” added Khandan, for whom the return of his wife to prison, without medical attention, “has no other meaning than to put her life in danger”.

Sotoudeh is incarcerated in Evine Prison in Tehran, along with other political prisoners, including French researcher Fariba Adelkhah.

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