PEN American Center: Nasrin Sotoudeh is “an internationally-recognized champion of human rights in Iran,

“Now is the time for everyone who shares Nasrin’s unbending commitment to protecting the rights of the Iranian people to stand with her and call for her freedom,”!

“Nasrin Sotoudeh embodies the bravery of the Iranian people’s struggle for the rule of law and a vibrant civil society,” said Peter Godwin, president of PEN American Center. “That she was imprisoned at all is appalling. That she was forced to risk her own health to end the vindictive persecution of family members has shocked consciences in Iran and around the world.”

“Now is the time for everyone who shares Nasrin’s unbending commitment to protecting the rights of the Iranian people to stand with her and call for her freedom,” Godwin concluded.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is the recipient of the 2011 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, and recently was named the co-winner of the 2012 Sakharov Prize, given by the European Parliament.

PEN American Center is the largest of the 144 centers of PEN International, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. The Freedom to Write Program of PEN American Center works to protect the freedom of the written word wherever it is imperiled. It defends writers and journalists from all over the world who are imprisoned, threatened, persecuted, or attacked in the course of carrying out their profession.

http://www.pen.org/printmedia.php/prmMediaID/6726

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