Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released from Tehran’s Evin prison after 17 days of detention.
Her husband, Reza Khandan, said on the social media platform X that she was released on November 15 after posting bail.
Sotoudeh was among dozens of people violently arrested during the October 29 funeral of Armita Garavand, a 16-year-old girl who was fatally assaulted at a Tehran metro station for not wearing a headscarf.
The activist, aged 60, was after her arrest moved to Qarchak women's prison outside Tehran and subsequently to Evin.
Sotoudeh, who has spent much of the past decade in and out of prison serving a myriad of sentences in cases linked to her activism, began a hunger and medication strike after her latest arrest.
The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said it was "pleased" about her release, but warned there are numerous individuals still detained "whose plight should not be forgotten."
We are pleased to announce the release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from arbitrary detention in Tehran's Evin prison today.— IranHumanRights.org (@ICHRI) November 15, 2023
In the accompanying photo, she stands alongside former political prisoner Farhad Meysami, visibly gaunt from a prolonged hunger strike during… pic.twitter.com/p5YRe6t9Xq
The United States has condemned the Iranian authorities’ “violent assault and unjust detention” of human rights defenders during Armita's funeral and their “campaign of violence against the women and girls.”