Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Breaks Hunger Strike Post Trial
Nasrin Sotoudeh went to trial yesterday at Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court. Sotoudeh faced charges of acting against state security, assembling, and collusion with intent to disrupt national security, and working with the Center for Human Rights Defenders, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi. Judge Pir-Abbasi announced that he will reconsider the order to continue Sotoudeh's dentition.
Following the trial, Sotoudeh agreed to end her hunger strike, which lasted 50 days. She broke her dry hunger strike on November 11.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, who had been in Evin Prison since September 4, went on a hunger strike for 27 days to protest the conditions of her illegal arrest. After ending her hunger strike for a few days, she started a dry hunger strike since her case was mishandled and she continued to be deprived of her legal rights such as the right to telephone calls and visits from her family members and her two young children.
Media Resources: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran 11/15/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 11/12/10, 11/10/10, 11/9/10
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