Nasrin Sotoudeh

Prison authorities prevented jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from visiting with her children today, even though the family was holding a permit from the prosecutor’s office.

Reza Khandan, the husband of the jailed human rights lawyer, reported on his Facebook page: “They contacted us from the prosecutor’s office to say that my children could pick up a permit to visit their mother in person. I had to make it to the prosecutor’s office within the hour.”

The report goes on to indicate that Khandan quickly collected his children and went to the jail, and after a three-hour wait, they realized that the authorities were not going to let the children visit their mother.

Sotoudeh has been denied visits with her children for over four months. She has been on a hunger strike since October 17 to protest against the visitation restrictions and she has been in solitary confinement for 10 days now. She is not allowed telephone calls to her family either.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, was arrested in September of 2010 for her involvement with the NGO called the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights in Iran. She is serving a six-year jail term and is banned from practicing law and travelling abroad.