Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has ended her 49-day hunger strike after authorities agreed to drop the restrictions on her daughter’s right to travel abroad.
The news was published Tuesday evening on the Facebook page of Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan.
He wrote about his “extraordinary meeting” with his wife on Tuesday evening, saying she “has ended her hunger strike as the legal restrictions on Mehraveh have been lifted.”
Sotoudeh, who has been in Evin Prison since September of 2010, has faced official obstacles to having family visits in jail. Meanwhile, the authorities had also barred Sotoudeh’s husband and their daughter Mehraveh from travelling abroad.
Sotoudeh is serving a six-year sentence for her collaboration with the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran, which the Islamic Republic judiciary views as acting against national security and a source of adverse propaganda.
Sotoudeh began her hunger strike on October 17 in protest against the violation of her rights as a prisoner and the restrictions put on her family members.
The Kaleme website has written that Sotoudeh’s hunger strike came to an end after Reza Khandan and a group of women’s rights activists met with a number of MPs, who followed up the matter with the speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani, and the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani.
Sotoudeh’s health had reportedly reached a very critical stage, drawing grave concern from activists inside and outside Iran.