2011: Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street,
Qom,
Islamic Republic of Iran

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency,
Palestine Avenue,
Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

29. January 2011

Your Excellency

Prominent human rights lawyer, journalist and writer sentenced

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International condemns the eleven- year sentence handed down on 9 January 2010 to prominent writer, journalist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was also banned from practicing law and from leaving the country for twenty years. PEN International considers that she is sentenced solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party, and calls for her immediate and unconditional release.

Yours sincerely

Annaguli Yildam
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC