Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer who was given a furlough from Evin Prison to spend the New Year celebrations with her family, has returned to jail.

Kaleme reports that Sotoudeh returned to jail on Tuesday March 26 after an application to renew her temporary leave was turned down.

Sotoudeh has been serving a six-year jail sentence since September of 2010 for “acting against National Security, collusion and propaganda against the regime and membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Centre.”

She has gone on hunger strike on several occasions to protest her own mistreatment in jail as well as the mistreatment of her family. The authorities have finally heeded her demands somewhat and dropped their pressure tactics against her family, while finally allowing her a brief furlough from jail.

Sotoudeh is also banned from practicing law or leaving the country for 20 years.