Rights experts with the United Nations called on Iranian authorities to release…

Rights experts with the United Nations called on Iranian authorities to release two dissidents who were awarded for their work last week by the European Union.

The European last week awarded Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Both leaders remain jailed in Iran for their advocacy campaigns.

Ahmed Shaheed, a U.N. special envoy on human rights in Iran, said he was "particularly concerned" about Sotoudeh's health. She began a hunger strike Oct. 17 in response to her prison conditions.


Iran pressed to release EU prize winners
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Rights experts with the United Nations called on Iranian authorities to release two dissidents who were awarded for their work last week by the European Union.

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