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Weekend Reads Iran: Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ends more than 45 days of hunger strike

21:40  26 september  2020
21:40  26 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Iran : l'avocate Nasrin Sotoudeh met fin à plus de 45 jours de grève de la faim © Provided by Le Point

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who defends human rights in her country, has ended more than 45 days of hunger strike due to health problems, her husband Reza Khandan announced on Saturday (September 26th). “We had a very brief discussion this morning. She had decided to break off her hunger strike for fear of exacerbating her heart disease, ”he told Agence France-Presse by phone.

Reza Khandan had announced on social networks that Nasrin Sotoudeh, 57, had started a hunger strike on August 11 to denounce the conditions of incarceration of political prisoners held for "improbable" reasons and their judicial horizon blocked. "His body was no longer able to continue the strike after more than 45 days of strike", he added on Saturday.

The lawyer hospitalized after being "seriously weakened"

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Nasrin Sotoudeh was hospitalized after being "seriously weakened" by the hunger strike, her husband announced on September 19. She was sent back to prison on Wednesday "without any medical intervention" after five days of hospitalization, he lamented. "Because of her heart problems, I expected them to at least transfer her to the prison clinic," said Reza Khandan for whom the return of his wife to prison, without medical treatment, "did not has no other meaning than to put his life in danger ”.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is being held in Evin prison in Tehran with other political prisoners, including French researcher Fariba Adelkhah.

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