Iranian human rights activists are calling on the international community not to ignore human rights violations in Iran during their planned talks later this week. Iran has agreed to 5+1 talks (UN permanent members and Germany) as proposed by the European Union’s high representative on foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton.
Of “utmost urgency” is the case of the Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotudeh, who has been on hunger strike in the notorious Evin prison since 28 September. Her husband says her condition is deteriorating and she has lost a lot of weight. Although Sotudeh briefly broke her hunger strike in October she has been refusing food again. For over a week she has also refused water.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) called on the United Nations to intervene in her case. Sotudeh has been kept in solitary confinement, denied a lawyer and allowed only token visits by her family in the presence of several security guards.