Iranian authorities launched award-winning rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Wednesday after she spent greater than two weeks in jail, her husband mentioned.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, 60, was arrested through the October 29 funeral in Tehran of Armita Garawand, 17, who activists say was fatally crushed by Tehran’s vice police.
Sotoudeh, who has spent a lot of the previous decade out and in of jail and served quite a few sentences in instances associated to her activism, was transferred after her arrest to the Qarchak girls’s jail exterior Tehran after which to Evin Jail within the capital.
“Nasrin was launched from jail a number of hours in the past after posting bail,” her husband Reza Khandan wrote on Islamic republic.
Sotoudeh, who began a starvation strike after her arrest, has been campaigning for years on a few of Iran’s most delicate points. She has received awards together with the 2012 Sakharov Prize, awarded by the European Parliament, and the 2020 Proper Livelihood Prize.
She has additionally gained fame via appearances in movies. She made a memorable cameo look as a passenger in Jafar Panahi’s 2015 movie “Taxi Tehran”, and was the topic of a warmly obtained 2020 documentary, “Nasrin”.
The Garawand case had robust echoes of the case of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody in September 2022 after being detained for failing to adjust to the gown code, with authorities looking for to stop a repeat of the mass protests following her dying.
In each instances, Iranian authorities have maintained that earlier medical situations brought about their deaths, and never police intervention.
Sotoudeh’s fellow rights activist Narges Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this 12 months, however stays in jail in Iran. Her household accuses jail authorities of endangering her life by proscribing her entry to medical remedy due to her refusal to put on the scarf.
The New York-based Middle for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) mentioned it was “happy” by Sotoudeh’s launch, however warned that quite a few people had been nonetheless being held “whose destiny should not be forgotten.”
They embody girls like Mohammadi and journalists Niloufar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, whose reporting helped expose the Amini case.