After spending nineteen days in solitary confinement Nasrin Sotoudeh, 2012 Sakharov Prize winner, was finally transferred to the general population of Evin prison, on November 19th, 2012. On hunger strike for over 35 days now, concerns over Sotoudeh’s health and overall wellbeing still exist.
Prominent Iranian scientist, the director of solar system exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) , Dr. Firouz Naderi met with Soheil Parhizi (representative of the “International Campaign in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh”) on November 19th, 2012, in Los Angeles, California.
In the meeting, Dr. Naderi signed the campaign poster while voicing his concern for Nasrin Sotoudeh and calling for her immediate release. Dr. Naderi said, “I have tremendous respect for Nasrin and her family; the values that she stands by are very important to me…”
Prior to this meeting, the poster for the “International Campaign for the Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh” has been signed by various influential figures, one of them the former president of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey.
The “International Campaign for the Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh” began its work in 2010. The primary goal of the campaign has been the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh through news dissemination, gathering signatures, and international attention to Nasrin Sotoudeh’s plight as an imprisoned lawyer and human rights activist. The campaign has met with a number of prominent Iranian and non-Iranian figures throughout Europe and the United States in the past two years.
On September 5th, 2012 the president of Florence’s City Council, Eugenio Giani and the president of the Commission for Peace and Human Rights, Susanna Agostini met with Soheil Parhizi formally announcing their support for Nasrin Sotoudeh in Florence’s town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio.
In 2011 the city of Florence awarded Nasrin Sotoudeh with the “Golden Giglio” (Golden Tulip) award. Given the fact that Nasrin Sotoudeh is currently in prison the mayor of Florence and other city officials have worked to present the award to Mrs. Sotoudeh’s husband, relatives, or colleagues but have so far been unsuccessful.
A communiqué for the award states, “We call for the immediate release of imprisoned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. The city of Florence gives its full support to her, and her consistent efforts to bring democracy and freedom of expression in Iran.”
To know more about Dr. Firouz Naderi see this video:
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