Fears grow for health of detained Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
Guardian / Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Human rights activists have raised serious concerns about the health of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer who has been on hunger strike in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for more than a week.

Sotoudeh, 45, has been kept in solitary confinement since her arrest in September. She is charged with "propaganda against the regime" and "acting against national security". Her supporters describe the charges as bogus and unsubstantial.

Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, said his wife's life is at risk and has called on the Iranian judiciary "to act before it is too late". He said Sotoudeh has stopped eating and drinking and was so weak that she could not talk on the phone. "Her health is in a critical situation," he said.

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