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Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Ill with COVID-19, Wins Temporary Prison Release

HeadlineNov 13, 2020

In Iran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has tested positive for COVID-19, after authorities temporarily released her from prison. Sotoudeh ended a weeks-long hunger strike in September, as she called for the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic. Sotoudeh is a recipient of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards. She was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. She had been working on behalf of women protesting a law mandating the wearing of headscarves in public.

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