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Video Highlights Plight Of Jailed Iranian Mother

Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (file photo)
Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (file photo)
Activists have posted a video of jailed prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh meeting her two young children while they were visiting her at Tehran’s Evin prison.

It is hoped the film will draw attention to her situation.

In the short video, Sotoudeh who has been in jail since 2010, is looking cheerful while talking to her son who is about 5 years old. Her daughter is seen crying while standing by the visiting booth.

WATCH: Jailed human rights lawyer meets her children in prison

Sotoudeh, who has defended many political prisoners and human rights activists, as well as juvenile offenders on death row, is serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of charges that include acting against Iran’s national security. 

She has been also banned from practicing law for 10 years.

WATCH: Nasrin Sotoudeh discusses juvenile executions in Iran

Sotoudeh is considered to be one of the victims of Iran’s crackdown on lawyers acting in sensitive political cases.

Her case has led to widespread condemnation.

The 47-year-old lawyer has gone on hunger strike in prison on a number of occasions to protest against the conditions in which she is being held.

Prior to her incarceration, Sotoudeh had told RFE/RL that the charges against her were ridiculous.
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by: Frank from: London
June 14, 2012 06:59
One can only admire such people as Mrs Sotoudeh. Hopefully, the predicted coming $50 a barrel oil price will bring an end to the regime in same way the Soviet Union collapsed when it couldn't keep up with Reagan's "Stars Wars" expenditure during a period of low oil prices. The lower oil price combined with the reduction in oil sales due to the sanctions will have a devastating impact on the regime's ability to keep the lid on dissent. A further devaluation of the rial is likely in the face of falling oil revenues, which in turn will make food unaffordable for many more Iranians. Regime end and freedom for this lady coming soon hopefully.

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