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Nasrin Sotoudeh and director Jafar Panahi share top human rights prize


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Nasrin Sotoudeh and director Jafar Panahi share top human rights prize

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, voices concern for jailed Iranian lawyer who is on hunger strike in Evin prison

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, expressed her concern for the jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh as she received the European parliament's most prestigious human rights award.

Sotoudeh and an acclaimed Iranian film director, Jafar Panahi, were on Friday awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, previously won by the likes of Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. The prize is named after the Soviet physicist and outspoken dissident Andrei Sakharov.

Sotoudeh fell foul of the Iranian authorities for representing political activists and is serving a six-year prison term in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She is on day 10 of a hunger strike in protest at the state's harassment of her family and is reported to have been taken to the prison's medical facility as her health deteriorated.
– Saeed Kamali Dehghan

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