2011: Iran: Nasrin Sotoudeh

October 24, 2011

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

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

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

Your Excellencies

As a member of Norwegian and Danish PEN I have learned that His Excellency Ayatollah Khomenei in 1979, during the Iranian revolution, made a pledge to protect freedom of expression and the press which he called «Our Society Will Be a Free Society».

In light of His Excellency’s pledge we are disturbed by the fact that writer, journalist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was originally sentenced to eleven years in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court on 9 January 2010 for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression, is still in detention.

We have also been informed that since her arrest Nasrin Soutadeh has been allowed very limited access to her family, which is in in violation of the Iranian Penal Code which guarantees the right to weekly visits and to receive phone calls from relatives. Furthermore, she is said to have been denied family visits for three weeks after protesting conditions of detention in Evin prison.

Despite timereductions in her sentence, passed mid-september, we protest her continued detention for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression, guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory. I therefore ask  your Excellency to seek Mrs. Soutadeh’s immediate and unconditional release and to seek information and assurances of her well-being  while she is in detention.

Sincerely,

Gitte Mose
Member of Danish and Norwegian PEN and its Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC)