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Furlough Extension Was Denied, Nasrin Sotoudeh Is Back In Prison

Following is translation of a post by Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan’s on his Facebook page.

You can say Nasrin has been arrested again.

Before she was released, they had emphasized that this furlough would be long and somewhat permanent.

Otherwise, Nasrin had indicated that she is not willing to be released on a 3 day furlough after being imprisoned for more than two hand a half years.

A three day furlough would more disturb the children and cause them more anxiety. She was right, this is exactly what occurred.

At 11:00 PM tonight (Monday, January 21), while the children were crying and did not want to separate from their mother, and among the shock of our friends about this summon, Nasrin went to prison.

She emptied the suitcase she had prepared for a trip and filled it with items for prison and left.

Reza Khandan
12:40 AM Tuesday

Source: AzadeganBlog

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Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Husband, Reza Khandan Extends Gratitude To All Who Supported His Family

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, in a message posted on his Facebook. thanked all those from around the world who sent cards and letters supporting and sympathizing with his family:

Every month we receive hundreds of letters and post cards from our fellow citizens and from people around the world, in which they graciously expressed sympathy with us.

Recently their number has increased exponentially. Canada, Norway, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands are the countries that have the highest share in these letters and postcards.

Below is the image of one of these letters we have received from the residents of a village called “Boskamp”, along with pictures of their beautiful lushly green village.

Nasrin Sotoudeh's Husband, Reza Khandan Extends Gratitude To All Who Supported His Family

Unfortunately it’s not possible for us to extend a courteous response to all of them individually. Hereby, I extend my gratitude, and wish a world of peace and joy for everyone.

Reza Khandan
Saturday December 29, 2012
2 P.M

Source: Azadegan Blog


Nasrin Sotoudeh’s mother passes away, Official Do Not Allow A Last Farewell

Imprisoned rights attorney, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s mother passed away in hospital yesterday. Due to her imprisonment, Nasrin did not get to see her mother for the last time, as she didn’t get to see her father before he passed away.

Following is translations of a post by Nasrin’s husband Reza Khandan on his Facebook page:

Yesterday, after admitting of Nasrin’s mother in a hospital, due to her critical condition, we sent a letter to the Court in Evin via Nasrin’s sister.

So, hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen with her mother as did with her father, where she was not able to say her last goodbye to him, and they allow her to see her mother, even for a few minutes.

A mother in poor health, that is unclear for what crime she had committed that she was banned from a visit with her daughter per a memo given to Evin’s visiting room by the Prosecutor.

Unfortunately the letter (to the Court in Evin) was returned to us shortly after, and according to the prosecutors office, the court officials refused to accept the letter.

It was an opportunity for a prisoner to be sent to the hospital so she could visit her ill elderly mother and say her farewell.

A mother who had been deprived of seeing her daughter for over a year. Especially since over the last year, many letters of request have been sent to the Prosecutor to allow them a visit.

Unfortunately, this opportunity was lost due to vindictiveness. As the saying goes; you cannot return the water back to stream that has already flowed away.

Source: Azadegan Blog


Nasrin Sotoudeh Still In Poor Physical Condition – Upset Over The Sakharov Prize Statement She Wrote

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan wrote this entry on his Facebook page tonight:

Today, along with several family members, we had a meeting (with Nasrin). Even though Nasrin is no longer on hunger strike, there is not much improvement in her physical condition since last week.

Despite the digestive problems that were predictable, she has not yet received any medical treatment. They (the officials) have not responded to our request for medical furlough.

In addition, when the subject came up of the statement she wrote for the Sakharov Prize award ceremony, she said, “I wrote that statement three days after ending my hunger strike when I was in very poor physical condition and forgot to write about many things. Including the imprisonment of Mrs. Rahnavard and Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi.”

She asked me to be sure to extend her apologies to these dear ones. She added that after she sent the statement she became aware of this important oversight and other matters as well. But unfortunately, the statement was already sent and she could not find a way to make sure these parts are added. She was very upset about this.

Reza Khandan
Sunday, December 16, 2012
8:20 PM

Source: Azadegan blog


Nasrin Sotoudeh Writes From Evin Explaining Reason For Her Hunger Strike

Imprisoned rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has written a letter of gratitude to the people after ending her 49 day hunger long strike.

Following is the translation of Sotoudeh’s letter:

My fellow countrymen,

Is penalizing family members (families of the political prisoners) an accidental occurrence?

I was on a hunger strike for 49 days to protest a variety of issues including punishment of my family. During this time much concerns were generated, all of which arose out of grace and love for a common demand, and that was a big “No” to penalizing the families.

It is my duty to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all the people that with their benevolence and kindness paid attention to this matter.

From public and social groups, specifically the Mourning Mothers that have lost their children in the 2009 Movement (I had the honor of representing few of them), to the Mothers for Peace and the women’s rights activists, from the political prisoners that I have the honor of having endured imprisonment with them, to my dear cellmates that endured the hardships associated with my hunger strike, and of course, my husband and my young daughter who endured great sufferings.

From the human rights activists across the world, from the Iranian Diaspora that, after the 2009 Movement, have shown how important their presence is in restoring the human rights and democracy in Iran.

From those who used their individual rights and freedom to stand with us and support the demands that, on the surface, seemed to be limited only to my small family.

Those courageous people that personally decided to participate in my hunger strike, and of course caused me to share the experience of being worried for hunger strikers. They caused me to understand how one person’s hunger strike can create and cause others to worry and be concerned.

Their action brought much heavier responsibility for me, for they had decided to launch a hunger strike in my support.

From the human rights activists across the globe that assisted me in my resistance and standing. And every time I think to myself of what noble human beings are in the other side of the oceans, that support and are sympathetic to my cause and pave the way for me and my family to endure this burden.

I know you were worried about my hunger strike. I would like for all to know that I also was worried for everyone’s worries and concern.

But why I was not willing to halt my hunger strike?

I, along with my clients and tens of political prisoners who are in prison merely because of their noble actions, spend although difficult, but valuable days in prison.

I now proudly endure imprisonment amongst the civil activists, political activists, prisoners of conscience, and our fellow Baha’i countrymen and Christians that I have had the honor to represent few of them. Those who received unfair sentences for simply living based on their beliefs.

After all the injustices, they (the regime) have even resorted to punishment of the families. First they pursued my husband and then they pressed new charges against him.

After the detention of my family and children for hours, even though for only few hours, they pressed new charges on my twelve year old daughter. Then in a rush to judgement, they placed a ban on her foreign travel.

My daughter, like every other child at this age. and not more than other children, has the right to live without the fear of threats and punishment.

Previously, I have had the honor of defending the children of my country. Punishing the children is absolutely prohibited, much less for political charges on account of their parents.

But of course, this sort of punishment has not been only limited to my family. To explain the wide scope of this unjust treatment, it is enough to remember that among the 36 female prisoners incarcerated in the political prisoner’s ward, the immediate family of 13 of them are either imprisoned or are under Judicial pursuit.

This figure represents one third of the female political prisoners. Among this group there are some that have more than one family member either imprisoned or under Judicial pursuit.

To protest the punishment of the families (the punishment of my family was an example of this sort of treatment), I launched a hunger strike.

It is my hope that the punishment of families is removed from the policy of threats and pressure.

Once again, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those who’s constant support did not leave me in this endeavor and to declare my confidence in the path that certainly will result in justice, rule of law and democracy.

With hopes of liberty and freedom,
Nasrin Sotoudeh
Evin
December 2012

Source: GVF


Sotoudeh’s Husband Warns: On Day 47 of Hunger Strike Nasrin’s Health is Dire, Might Not Be Able To Stand By Next Visit

It is late at night of the 47th day of Nasrin Sotoudeh’s hunger strike. At 11:20 PM, December 2nd, her husband Reza Khandan posted on his FB page:

Nasrin continues to be on hunger strike. She is not asking for any extra amenities for herself, nor does she have any illegal or impossible requests.

She does not want for her child, who for the past nineteen months has not been allowed even one 30 second call with her mother, to be pursued by the Judiciary, or to have cases fabricated against her on account of her mother who is a political prisoner and is obviously innocent.

Her current physical condition has reached a stage that I doubt very much she will be able to stand on her own by next week’s visit.

Dizziness, impaired vision, unsteadiness walking, and low blood pressure, along with excessive weight loss, are warning signs of her dire health condition, .

She does not tolerate any pressure put on her to break her hunger strike. She says, “The fact that they resist lifting the travel ban on our daughter Mehraveh, means that their plans for her go much further. And, if I had not gone on a hunger strike they intended to start the next stage of their plan.

I spoke with few of her cellmates who were very worried for her and said that in the last two days her body is rejecting liquids.

Source: Azadegan


Nasrin Sotoude’s Husband Warns About Her Grave Health Condition

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan on day 41 of her hunger strike warns about the seriousness of her grave condition.

Voicing his concern, Reza Khandan wrote on his Facebook page: “I do not intent to cause worry for our friends, but I sense danger and feel a warning must be given.”

Mr. Khandan adds, “Nasrin entered her forty-first day of hunger strike yesterday (November 26) and her health condition has reached a dangerous stage.”

Nasrin’s husband explains, “Yesterday Nasrin was taken to the medical clinic at Evin, and from now on they intend to take her to the clinic everyday. Her blood pressure was so low that the person taking her pressure could not read it and couldn’t tell her what her pressure was.

The Judicial officials can go on denying everything, but truth always will prevail and will collapse on those who pretend ignorance.

Explanations, projecting blames onto others, and changing of the facts will not solve any problems. Nasrin is not asking for anything illegal, she is saying, “Why are you punishing our 12 year old child because of her mother?”

So far, no one from this vast Judicial system has given an answer to this legal and self-evident question.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist, launched a hunger strike on October 17, 2012, protesting pressures put on her family; banning her 12 year old daughter from leaving the country, denial of the right for her mother to visit her in prison over the past year, denial of in-person visits with her husband and children, and denial of use of a telephone.

Despite requests from friends and various political and civil activists urging her to halt her hunger strike, she Insists on continuing her hunger strike and is now in a dangerous physical situations.

Previously she had made the statement, “I can not just sit here and let them do what ever they please to my children and husband.”

Source: GVF


The Officials Now Say She Is Not In Ward 209, Says Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Husabnd

While incarcerated rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was allowed a prison visit with her children on Monday, today, her family was denied a visit with her.

According to the Green Voice of Freedom, Nasrin’s husband, Reza Khandan was not permitted to accompany his children during their visit Monday with their mother.

According to a post on Reza Khandan’s Facebook, he went to Evin today but was not permitted to visit her. Nasrin was transferred to solitary confinement 15 days ago.

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been imprisoned since September 4, 2010. She was tried and convicted on charges of acting against the national security, propagating against the regime, and membership in The Defenders of Human Rights Center. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment, banned from practicing law and banned from leaving the country for 20 years, and also fined 50,000 Tomans for not observing the Islamic code of attire (Hijab).

Following is a translation of Reza Khandan’s post on his Facebook:

“Today, Thursday, for the second week in a row I went to Evin attempting to visit my wife. Thursdays are visiting days for the prisoners incarcerated in Ward 209.

Despite the fact that Nasrin was transferred to this ward 15 days ago, they claim she is not their prisoner.

Despite the fact that none of the people in charge of that ward (Evin Ward 209) will admit that she is in their custody, Evin prison authorities claim that Nasrin is in the custody of Ward 209.

Despite the fact that it is now evident that no official visitation banning order has been issued for her, they continue to bar her from visits.

They no longer even adhere to their own made-up rules and do everything they can to put additional pressure on the prisoners’ families and show no hesitation in this regard.

And when they are left with the corpse of a young man like Sattar Beheshti, they start the blame game.”

Source: GVF


Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Husband: I Urge The Authorities To Move Her To The General Ward, Before It’s Too Late.

Incarcerated Rights Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was granted a short visit with her children on Monday. However, her husband was not granted permission to accompany the children for this visit.

Reza Khandan, Nasring’s husband gave an interview on Sunday to Jaras news site voicing his concern regarding Nasrin being incarcerated in solitary confinement while on a hunger strike.

Following is translation of the interview conducted by Jaras with Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan on Sunday November 11th:

Mr. Khandan did you have a visit with Mrs. Sotoudeh today?

“This morning we finally received a letter from the Prosecution indicating that the children have been granted face-to-face meeting with their mother. But after waiting three to four hours (in Evin’s waiting room), the administrative office closed for the day and we left without the children having seeing their mother.”

Despite an approval letter from the Prosecutor, why do you think they did that?

“I really don’t know, they never give us any reason.

Our experience shows that if they want something to happen, they will make it happen in 2-3 minutes, but if they don’t intend for it to happen or they just want to harass or make things difficult for us, they won’t. Just like today, despite orders from the Prosecutor, the children were not able to see their mother.”

When was the last time you were able to visit your wife?

“Of course, my intention on Monday last week was not just to visit her. I had asked the officials to allow me to see her so I could perhaps convince her to halt her hunger strike. I have no more information or news about her since that date.

I only know that the prison officials went to the general ward (Ward 350), collected from the cellmates a book, prescription glasses, and a heating pad, and gave them to her.

Of course this very bad news for us. It shows that her cell is without minimum facilities and is cold. Probably due to her hunger strike, her blood pressure dropped, and she suffers physical weakness and chills, thus the reason for the heating pad.”

What was her physical condition?

“You can’t even imagine how weak she had become. She was weak prior to launching the hunger strike and her condition is now even worse. Her condition is extremely worrisome.

The fact that they didn’t bring her for a visit today, shows that she is probably not in a good condition, was perhaps in the clinic, or her condition was so dire that the officials deemed our visit should not take place.

In any case, until we actually see her we won’t know her condition. I sincerely hope that the officials promptly return her to the General Ward and/or grant us a visit.”

How long has it been since your wife was transferred to Ward 209 Solitary Confinement?

“Since Sunday last week when they “Illegally” transferred my wife to Ward 209 (under the control of the Intelligence Ministry).

This section is for newly arrested people who are going under interrogation and investigation. My wife is serving her sentence. So transferring her to this Ward is illegal. In addition, they have illegally denied her visitation rights.

Also, the recently issued punishment order only indicated transfer solitary confinement, and does not mention Ward 209 nor does it contain a ban on visits.”

Do you know if the messages from various political and civil activists urging her to halt her hunger strike have reached her?

“No not at all. Just think, she is confined within four walls, has absolutely no contact with the outside world and does not have any news from anywhere.”

Do you think the officials have told her that the other female political prisoners have halted their hunger strike?

“Certainly she does not know. Even if the officials have told her about them ending their hunger strike, she does not trust them and will not believe them. She will not believe this news until she hears it from her own family.

Although, my wife’s hunger strike was not related to the the other female political prisoners’ hunger strike, if she still thinks they are on hunger strike, she won’t break her hunger strike.”

If they allow you to visit her and tell her that the other women political prisoners have halted their hunger strike, and tell her of all the others urging her to halt her strike, do you think she will?

“I do hope they grant us a visit so I can inform her of all of these and try to convince her to halt her hunger strike. Of course my wife wants these cases to be closed. She is especially upset about the case of our daughter.

Unfortunately our last meeting took place in a more crowded atmosphere and I was not able to speak with her, but she was calmer than the previous visits. For this reason, I requested that they grant her a visit with myself, together with the children, so I could try to convince her to halt her hunger strike. Unfortunately they would did not allow us the visit.”

Would you like to say anything else?

Well, when a prisoner who is on a hunger strike in the general ward, and encounters health problems, in an emergency case, their cellmates can inform the authorities. Then if necessary, the prisoner be taken to the medical clinic. Unfortunately, Nasrin is in Ward 209 solitary confinement, and only very few times this has occurred (taking her to the clinic).

If Nasrin was in the general ward with the other female political prisoners, they could have tried to convince her to break her hunger strike, or even messages from others could reach her urging her to stop her hunger strike.

But now, in the current situation, she is in solitary confinement and her contact with others has been cut off. Since nothing is predictable; something awful may happen to her at any moment. For this reason, we urge the authorities to take action and transfer her to the General Ward at Evin, before it’s too late.”

Source: Jaras


On Hunger Strike, Incarcerated Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Has Been Banned From Visits For Three Weeks

Incarcerated rights attorney, Nasrin Sotoudeh has been banned from visits for three weeks by Evin prison’s Disciplinary Board.

According to Kalameh, in their latest act applying additional pressure on Nasrin Sotoudeh (now on a hunger strike in the women’s ward of Evin prison), the Evin Disciplinary Board has completely banned her visitations for three weeks.

Last week Kalameh had also reported that this human rights activist attorney was taken to the medical clinic in Evin due to deteriorating health as a result of hunger strike she launched two weeks ago.

While the previous difficulties placed on her visitation rights were one of the reasons she initiated a hunger strike, they have now escalated pressure by completely banning visitations from her children for three weeks.

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been imprisoned since September 4, 2010. She was tried and convicted on charges of acting against the national security, propagating against the regime, and membership in The Defenders of Human Rights Center. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment, banned from practicing law and banned from leaving the country for 20 years, and also fined 50,000 Tomans for not observing the Islamic code of attire (Hijab).

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, in an interview with Kalameh, announcing Nasrin’s hunger strike, had said, “I urged her to change her mind and not go on a hunger strike, but she was adamant saying there is nothing else that she can do while imprisoned, my last resort to voice protest is to launch a hunger strike.

Just imagine, a defense attorney who must resort to writing her own defense on a piece of napkin, then for it to be confiscate it, telling her that she has committed an illegal act, and from that date, being denied face-to-face visitation with her children.”

Incarcerated rights attorney, Nasrin Sotoudeh has been banned from visits for three weeks by Evin prison’s Disciplinary Board

Source: Kalameh