DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Imprisoned Iranian lawyer Nasrin
Sotoudeh ended her nearly 50-day long hunger strike on Tuesday,
an opposition website said, after authorities lifted a ban on
her young daughter travelling abroad.
Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist, is serving a
six-year jail sentence after being arrested in September 2010
and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm
She began a hunger strike on Oct. 17, according to the New
York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
(ICHRI), in protest against a ban on her 13-year-old daughter
leaving the country and limits on visits by her family.
"After 49 days, Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her hunger strike ...
after judiciary restrictions on her daughter Mehraveh Khandan
were lifted," the opposition Kaleme website reported.
Sotoudeh's husband Reza Khandan told Reuters last week he
was seriously concerned about his wife's health. According to
ICHRI, Sotoudeh has suffered severe weight loss and has been
taken to the prison infirmary several times.
The United Nations' top human rights official Navi Pillay
urged Iran earlier on Tuesday to free Sotoudeh and to lift a
travel ban on her family.
A parliamentary committee planned to visit Tehran's
notorious Evin prison where Sotoudeh is being held due to
concerns over her deteriorating condition, Iranian media
reported on Sunday.
Sotoudeh and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were awarded the
European Union's Sakharov prize for human rights and freedom of
thought last month. Panahi has been held under house arrest
since December 2010.
Sotoudeh has defended journalists and rights activists,
including Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi and Dutch national
Zahra Bahrami, who was hanged in January 2011 on drug
The United States demanded on Friday that Iran free
Sotoudeh, and sharply criticised Iranian authorities for their
treatment of her.
(Editing by Jon Hemming)