A jailed Iranian lawyer who has been on a hunger strike for the past 12 days has been transferred to the prison infirmary.
The Kaleme website reports that Nasrin Sotoudeh went on her hunger strike to protest against her “harsh conditions” in Evin Prison. She has been in jail since September of 2010 and, despite many efforts, has not been allowed a furlough.
Her hunger strike highlights her “mistreatment in prison” and irregularities in her prosecution.
Sotoudeh’s husband and daughter have faced severe restrictions in visiting her, and her daughter has been barred from leaving the country.
Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in jail and a 20-year ban from practicing law for “acting against national security, collusion and assembly against the regime through membership in the Human Rights Defenders Centre”. Her sentence was reduced in the appellate court to six years in jail and a ten-year ban from practicing law.