Canadian attorneys demand freedom for ailing, hunger-striking ‘Mandela of Iran’

OTTAWA – The Canadian authorized workforce for an imprisoned Iranian human-rights lawyer is looking for federal sanctions and United Nations intervention as she wages a life-threatening starvation strike coming into its 29th day.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was hospitalized briefly on Monday in Tehran however has since been returned to the ladies’s ward of the infamous Evin Jail, the place she has been held since June 2018, says Yonah Diamond, considered one of her Montreal-based attorneys.

Sotoudeh, 57, has misplaced at the very least 15 kilos and is affected by unstable blood strain, reminiscence loss, migraines, vomiting and dehydration, and Diamond says that whereas she is decided to hold on her battle, her life could be very a lot in danger.

Sotoudeh’s authorized workforce is being led by former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler, the founding father of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Montreal.

Cotler calls Sotoudeh the “Mandela of Iran” due to her outspoken advocacy for feminine inmates, younger individuals and journalists and her opposition to the dying penalty.

She was sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes in March 2019, a sentence she continues to serve regardless of Iran‘s launch of scores of prisoners as a consequence of overcrowded prisons that at the moment are breeding grounds for COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. eight, 2020.