‘Sun of Iran’: Song dedicated to rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh

American soul blues singer Mighty Sam McClain and Iranian folk singer Mahsa Vahdat have jointly performed a song in dedication to jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Sotoudeh, along with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, was recently awarded the European Union’s prize for human rights and freedom of thought.

The 49 year-old lawyer was arrested in September 2010 on charges of propaganda and conspiring against the state. She is currently serving a six-year prison sentence in solitary confinement.

Throughout her career, Sotoudeh has defended death row prisoners who committed crimes when they were still minors. She has also represented many political activists in recent years, especially in the aftermath of the 2009 crackdowns following Iran’s presidential election.

Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike since 17 October to protest her 12-year-old daughter’s travel ban and summons to court, as well as various forms of restrictions on visitations in the past year.

Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has called on Iranian officials to consider her release.

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