Nasrin Sotoudeh Transferred to Evin’s Methadone Ward

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Change for Equality: The Daneshjoo News website reported on April 30th that Nasrin Sotoudeh, a jailed lawyer and human rights activist has been transferred from ward 209 in Evin prison to the *methadone ward, the current location of the other female political prisoners.

Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband recently announced that his wife has lost a considerable amount of weight in prison. He said that her weight has dropped from 58 kilograms ( 128 lbs) to 44 kilograms (97 lbs). He also said that, despite her vision problems, officials have refused to allow her to see an optometrist.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on September 4, 2010. She was sentenced to 11 years in prison and banned from practicing law for 20 years. She is currently serving her sentence in Evin prison and has launched several hunger strikes to protest prison conditions and the unacceptable behaviour of prison officials. Recently the Revolutionary Court also charged Nasrin Sotoudeh with a $50 USD fine for “non adherence to the Islamic dress code.”

As an attorney, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s main focus has been to defend the rights of women and represent political prisoners and prisoners under the age of 18 sentenced to death for murder. Prior to her law career, Nasrin Sotoudeh was a journalist for a human rights newspaper and reported on human rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights abuses.

*The methadone ward is an enclosed hall no bigger than 30 to 35 meters. The ward is normally reserved for prisoners who are addicts and use methadone as treatment to battle addiction to narcotics. The prisoners are only allowed access outside for fresh air less than one hour per day. The prisoners are also banned from using facilities like the library and the phone. They are allowed cabin visits, but prohibited from face-to-face meetings. All Evin female political prisoners were transferred to the methadone ward on the night of November 3, 2010.

English report by Persian2English

Translation of Daneshjoo News report by Banooye Sabz


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