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Mary Robinson’s letter to head of the Judiciary of Iran about Nasrin Sotoudeh

Thursday 20 January 2011

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Mary Robinson, Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights wrote a letter to Head of the Judiciary of Iran about Nasrin Sotoudeh. You can find The letter in the following:

- His Excellency
- Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
- Head of the Judiciary
- Pasteur St.
- Vali Asr Ave. south of Serah-e Jomhouri
- Tehran 1316814737
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- E-mail: info@dadiran.ir

Excellency,
- I write to express serious concern about the human rights lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh. I have admired her work over the years, and I am very worried to learn that she has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, following her initial arrest on September 4.

My concern has deepened with the knowledge that she went on hunger strike until her family persuaded her to come off the protest. In addition to her harsh prison sentence, I understand that this fine human rights lawyer has been banned from practising as a lawyer, or leaving her country, for the next 20 years.

It is not credible to those of us aware of her commitment to human rights work, that Nasrin could have merited a prison sentence of 11 years. I ask that her case be reviewed as a matter of urgency, and that she be released to her family on clemency grounds given her failing health.
- Sincerely yours,
- Mary Robinson
- Former President of Ireland
- Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

- C.c. His Excellency
- Ali Akbar Salehi
- Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- mail: matbuat@mfa.gov.ir

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