Nasrin Sotoudeh explains to her children why she can’t see them

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s

newest letter to her two children
Letter by Nasrin Sotoudeh
Translation by Siavosh Jalili, Persian2English

My dear Mehraveh and Nima,

Last Monday, the prison officials gave me two contradictory reports. At 2:00pm, the time of the weekly visits, I was told that the judicial authorities have agreed to grant me in-person visits on Thursdays, in addition to the visits through glass partitions on Monday afternoons. However, at 5:00pm the same day, I was told that I was being disciplined for refusing to wear the chador (head-to-toe cover that only leaves face uncovered) during visits- so, I was banned from the Monday visits for three weeks! It is evident that the authorities have formed a disharmonious family. They do not even treat each other with respect and kindness. Chaos is ruling over the decision making processes.

Remember, treat your friends the same way you treat your enemies. An enemy’s hostility can never justify the violence committed by a human toward a foe, let alone toward a friend. I dare tell you that, no matterhow they treat me, I bear no resentment and hostility towards those who


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