Nasrin Sotoudeh: Prisoner of the day

Nominated for European Union Sakharov Human Rights Prize

ICHRI: Nasrin Sotoudeh, imprisoned lawyer and human rights activist, was nominated this week for the prestigious European Union Sakharov Human Rights Prize. News of her nomination arrived just as she has been deprived of in-person visitation because she wrote her defense bill on a tissue paper. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Sotoudeh’s husband said that his wife has been deprived of visiting with her two young children in person for three months now and has not been allowed to visit with her mother and brother for the past year, even through a booth.

“All other prisoners more or less enjoy the privilege of in-person visitations, but Nasrin, despite having two young children, has been denied this privilege for nearly three months now. She was denied this because she wrote her defense bill on tissue paper. She was preparing for her upcoming court trial in the Bar Association last June. Instead of respectfully giving her pen and paper to write her defense bill, the prison authorities deprived her of in-person visitations for secretly writing her defense on tissue paper, and took away the tissue,” Reza Khandan told the Campaign. “Her mother and brother have been deprived of visiting her even through a booth for almost a year,” he added.

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Speaking of Sotoudeh’s physical condition, Khandan told the Campaign, “She is so weak and skinny, she is hardly recognizable. She was telling me today in our visit that when Faezah Hashemi came to the ward [this week] and talked to other prisoners, she inquired about her, asking whether Nasrin Soutodeh was among them. This is while Nasrin was sitting right in front of her! Nasrin’s appearance has changed so much; she is so skinny, and her eyes are hollowed, to the point where she is no longer recognizable. Nasrin is no longer like the person in the photos that were distributed everywhere. Her cellmates told Faezeh Hashemi that Nasrin was sitting right in front of her!”

Asked about Sotoudeh’s reaction to news of her nomination for a Sakharov Prize, Khandan said, “Just today [Wednesday, September 26], I visited with Nasrin through a booth, but ahead of me, families of other prisoners had already given her the news at the Sunday visitation, so Nasrin was aware of this development and was very happy. In her present state, hearing this kind of news and learning about all the support is very helpful to her and brings her happiness, but I wish her conditions would improve.”

Nasrin Soutodeh and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi together represent one of the five nominees for the Sakharov Human Rights Prize. The five finalists for the European Union Human Rights Prize, known as Sakharov, were announced in the last few days. Nasrin Soutodeh and Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker sentenced to six years in prison and a 20-years ban on filmmaking, foreign travel, and interviews with domestic and international media outlets, are jointly one of the five nominees for the prize. The winner of this year’s award will be announced during an official ceremony in the city of Strasbourg, France, on October 23, 2012.


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That's Sad Vildemose, people see each other in various ways

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

If what you say is true, many would see Mammad ie Mousavi or IRI supporters in general as child victims of both an extreme Islamist
ideology and cruel and unusual Policy by all of the West to support Extremists in achieving anti-democrtic aims.  I say child because such thinking is rooted in thoughts that are hammered into the minds of children and do not easily come out.  As oposed to thoughts that are developed during adulthood using maturity and responsibility.

Mona 19


by Mona 19 on

اینجا مادرانی هستند که کودکانی بیرون از زندان دارند؛

مادری هست که فرزندش امسال به کلاس اول رفت مثل تو و نتوانست اورا تا دم مدرسه بدرقه کند. ما برایش روی یک پارچه نقاشی کشیدیم و نوشتیم.

عزیز دلم هر چند دلتنگی من برای تو با دلتنگی‌های مادران اینجا برای فرزندانشان براری نمی‌کند... اما دلتنگی‌هایمان را نگه می‌داریم برای روزهای خوب آینده که تو می‌آموزی و من می‌بینمت که بزرگ و بزرگ‌تر می‌شوی بخوان، بدان و بی‌آموز...

تا روزی زندان و 209 برایت مفهومی جز بازی‌های کودکانه داشته باشد. یک روز می‌فهمی که چرا روزهای ما دور از هم سپری می‌شود و می‌دانی دلیل وجود شیشه‌های کدر سالن ملاقات را....

شیوا نظرآهاری



Shazde Asdola Mirza

Regime reform for Nasrin's sake

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

Even reforms are welcome to end this nightmare.



by yolanda on

What a brave lady! She deserves a Nobel Prize for Peace!




amirparviz: Mammad is not

by vildemose on

amirparviz: Mammad is not a monarchist...He is pro-mousavi reformist. 


All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


Never mind

by Mehrban on



The Sakharov Prize

by maghshoosh on

Check out the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought site and the list of this year's 5 nominees for the prize:

"Nasrin Sotoudeh is an  imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights
advocate. She represented imprisoned opposition activists and juvenile
offenders facing the death sentence. Jafar Panahi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and film editor. His films often focus on the hardship children, the impoverished and women face.

Nominated by the Social-Democrat group, the Liberal-Democrat group, the Greens/European Free Alliance group as well as by MEPs José Ignacio Salafranca, Elmar Brok and 11 other MEPs"


A fine example of Iran's womanhood..

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Put in jail by the Islamo Fascists for no other reason than performing her professional duties as a defence lawyer.

Freedom for Nasrin and all those put behind bars becaus of their gender, religion, political beliefs, by the fascist Islamist regime.


Who's the AH you are referring to Mammad, my fellow monarchist.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

If Nasrin wishes to give Islam a good reputation by respecting the religions practices, the choice is a personal one  and it's hers, it's not that being a muslim gives her a good name.   Unlike most Akhoonds, what makes Nasrin a National Hero of Iran and gives her a good name is definetly not that she is a Muslim, it is that she is a Good Human Being first that defends the Human Rights of Individuals.  She is everything the IRI and many many practicing Muslims in Iran can not be, she is untouchable, her good work can not be stolen from her the way the IRI steals peoples labor, property and resources, unlike the corrupt religious authorities which are muslims as you like to remind us all she is not guilty of crimes against humanity nor is she a thief.


Free Nasrin Sotoudeh Now!

by shahrvand2 on

and Shame on those who don't honor the perseverance and courage of the prisoners of conscience!


When IR apologists speak out of their Fundament!

by Zendanian on

Is there a lack of prisoners in Islamic Republic of Hell?

Obviously not, all you need is to take a look at the news to see what's going on.

Or is it a lack of integrity, decency and honesty on part of IR's permanent apologists in here?

Yup, this must be it.


An injury to one is an injury to all.

First Amendment


by First Amendment on

Seems like due to the shortage of prisoners our beloved site is on a loop........


Stick with your own heroes, AH

by Mammad on

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a practicing Muslim - the same Muslims that you demonize here day in and day out -  fasting when she was arrested, and when she was brought to the court, a nationalist-religious lady - the same group that you mock here all the time - and a believer in Dr. Ali Shariati - the "charlatan" - despises your warmongering and advocacy of war and destruction for Iran.


Stick with your own heroes: MEK, Hosni Mubarak, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, the fascist faction of Israel's political spectrum, and whoever that wants a war with Narsin's and mine motherland.



درود بی پایان به همه زندانیان سیاسی



 یار دَربَندم،  دلم همراه توست

ملک ایران زنده از فریاد توست



چرا ایرانیان از آخوندها متنفر شده اند؟



Support Nasrin Sotoudeh NOW! Don't wait for "Regime change."

by Zendanian on

Dear friends, contrary to war mongers on this site, Political Prisoners in Iran need our support in their defense NOW, without any delay,and can not wait for a "regime change" or sanctions to come to free them from their prison cell.

Also, please recall, there have been many cases of Iranian Political Prisoners being freed from jail due to public pressure put on officials of IR. With all the resources at our disposal, it would take only a moment to write a letter of protest in support of Political Prisoners in Iran. But such small actions will go a long way for our most brave Political Prisoners in Iran. Lets not leave them alone in their hour of need. 

Please do take a minute out of your schedule and send this protest letter below, or you own version. Many thanks in advance 


I (we) are writing to protest the continued persecution of human rights activists and the gross violation of Human Rights in Iran. We continue to witness many  activists brutally persecuted and unjustly imprisoned in Iran.

In particular, this letter is written to express my (our) serious concern about the health and well being of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh who has been unjustly confined to prison, based on sham charges. 

I (we) condemn the continuous gross attacks on  human rights  activists in Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudehand all other jailed  activists and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of  all activists  to organize, assemble and freedom of association and expression.  




Please send your protests letters to:,,;;,,,;;;;;

An injury to one, is an injury to all.


Miserable and Cruel IRI & Akhoonds show contempt for Iran

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

The IRI are their Akhoond followers are worshipping a Sickness, a disease that effects the mind.

They can name it what ever they want, healthy people with a sense of dignity know it and don't want to buy it, even under cruel oppression.

People of Iran Please Protect Nasrin Soutoudeh she is a National Hero of Iran.


Nasrin Sotoudeh, the leader of all Sheer-zan....

by Bavafa on

 ننگ بر آنانیکه از این زندانیان شجاع برای هدف شخصی خود سؤ استفاده میکنند

Iranians of all walks of life taking a stand for their freedom and just rights.  They are to be commanded and supported by all freedom loving folks.


  Iranians need to stand united in their support for these brave souls, support their goals and aspiration for a  free independent and prospers Iran. 

 Foreign nations which thru their apartheid policy practice the same insanity and unjust detentions cannot be a good example for the future of Iran and need not to apply. 



'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Regime change for Nasrin's sake

by Fred on

Regime change by Iranians for Iranians is the only cure for 34 years of barbarism by the Messianic Islamist Rapists, “reformers” and all.

Backbreaking airtight sanctions plus air/naval quarantine is a must.