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World Jailed Iran rights lawyer hospitalised after hunger strike

00:25  20 september  2020
00:25  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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TEHRAN, Iran — A leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been hospitalized a month after launching a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Saturday. Reza Khandan said that healthcare professionals decided

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been hospitalised after being "severely weakened" after an over 40-day hunger strike , her husband said on She was transferred to the cardiac care unit shortly after being taken to the emergency ward of Tehran's Taleghani hospital

Nasrin Sotoudeh smiling for the camera: Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike for more than 40 days © BEHROUZ MEHRI Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike for more than 40 days

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been hospitalised after being "severely weakened" after an over 40-day hunger strike, her husband said on Saturday.

She was transferred to the cardiac care unit shortly after being taken to the emergency ward of Tehran's Taleghani hospital, Reza Khandan told AFP over telephone.

"We were allowed to see her for a few moments," he added. "She was severely weakened, lost a lot of weight and had sunken eyes".

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Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been hospitalised after being "severely weakened" after an over 40-day hunger strike , her husband said on Saturday. She was transferred to the cardiac care unit shortly after being taken to the emergency ward of Tehran's Taleghani hospital

Tehran (AFP) - Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been hospitalised after being “severely weakened” after an over 40-day hunger strike , her husband said on Saturday. She was transferred to the cardiac care unit shortly after being taken to the emergency ward of Tehran’s

Sotoudeh has been on a hunger strike for more than 40 days, according to Khandan.

The strike is aimed at calling for the freeing of political prisoners and directing attention towards their condition during the Covid-19 pandemic, said an August 11 statement by Sotoudeh published by her husband on social media.

The virus has so far killed over 24,000 and infected close to 420,000 Iranians, according to official figures.

Khandan told AFP he worried for his wife as the hospital "is not a safe place vis-a-vis the coronavirus" and lacks "proper isolation" with many infected patients.

But her last scan has not shown a sign of infection, he added.

Sotoudeh, 57, is a co-laureate of the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize.

Jailed Iran human rights lawyer hospitalised after hunger strike

  Jailed Iran human rights lawyer hospitalised after hunger strike Nasrin Sotoudeh was on hunger strike for over 40 days, seeking freeing of political prisoners, better jail conditions.Sotoudeh was transferred to the cardiac care unit shortly after being taken to the emergency ward of Taleghani hospital in the capital, Tehran, Reza Khandan told AFP news agency over the telephone on Saturday.

A leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been hospitalized a month after launching a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Saturday.

One of Iran ’s most prominent jailed dissidents, human rights defenders and lawyers , Nasrin Sotoudeh, has begun a second hunger strike to protest the refusal of the country’s Islamist rulers to free political prisoners endangered by coronavirus outbreaks in notorious Iranian jails .

She is serving a 12-year sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison after she defended women arrested for protesting compulsory hijab laws.

"It is all very difficult," Khandan said, having just returned home from the hospital around midnight.

"The prison does not cooperate, they don't properly answer when you ask about (prisoners') condition. They had not even told us" of her hospitalisation, he added.

Sotoudeh's family were notified of her condition through one of her fellow inmates.

Sotoudeh won the Sakharov Prize in 2012 for her work on high-profile cases including those of convicts on death row for offences committed as minors.

She spent three years in prison after representing dissidents arrested during mass protests in 2009 against the disputed re-election of the ultra-conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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