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Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 23, 2010

No one has any word on the health of jailed Iranian human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, who began a hunger strike four weeks ago.

 She’s now been held in solitary confinement for more than 45 days, ever since her Sept. 4 arrest, and is said to be on hunger strike, according to her husband, Reza Khandan.

Khandan said the last time he spoke to his wife was in a brief phone conversation over two weeks ago. She told him she had begun a hunger strike 11 days earlier, on Sept. 25.

“It lasted three seconds, because as soon as she mentioned the words ‘hunger strike’ and ‘threat’ her phone was cut off,” he said.

Sotoudeh is among the small cadre of lawyers dedicated to defending dissidents, minorities and women’s who’ve run afoul of Iran’s legal system. Earlier this year, she became enraged when one of her clients was executed without her knowledge.

“Since the beginning of her arrest she has been in solitary confinement,” Khandan said. “We have not managed to get permission to meet her or find some middlemen to convey the messages of those who want her to end her hunger strike.”

On the other hand, Islamic Republic security forces tried to arrest Zoya Samadi, Mansour Osanloo’s daughter-in-law, at her home on this week.

Herana reports that they failed to arrest her only because she was not at home. They claimed that they had come to deliver an arrest warrant but once the family reported to the Revolutionary Court, the authorities claimed they were not informed of such a warrant.

The Herana report adds that the security forces used various intimidation tactics and also scared the entire neighborhood.

Mansour Osanloo, head of Vahed Public Transportation Union, was arrested for a second time three years ago for his Labour activities by the Islamic Republic authorities and has been in prison since.

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