Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotudé has expressed her intention to continue her protest after going on hunger strike for 28 days. “Despite repeated requests from her friends,” Sotudé’s husband posted a message on Facebook.
“Today Nasrin went on the 28th day of the hunger strike,” said her husband Reza Jandan in the news released on Monday. Sotudé went on strike to protest the conditions of detention of political prisoners in Iran despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“In response to repeated requests from friends and dignitaries asking him to end the hunger strike, he was ashamed and announced that he did not intend to end his hunger strike,” he added. Jandan has acknowledged that Sotude’s condition is “worsening” and that she has been hospitalized for health care.
Sotudé supporters have launched an online campaign to request its immediate publication using the hashtag #freenasrin. In 2018 Sotudé was officially sentenced to seven years in prison for “subversive propaganda”. Her husband claims the sentence is 33.5 years in prison and 148 lashes, extreme, neither confirmed nor denied by the authorities.
Tens of thousands of prisoners have been given temporary permission to leave prison due to the coronavirus epidemic, but neither Sotudé nor other political and human rights activists have benefited from these measures. More than 22,000 people have died from the corona virus in Iran since the pandemic began.