Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning lawyer held unlawfully in Evin Prison since 2010, is on her third day of hunger strike. To show their solidarity with this incredible woman, human rights and online activists have organized a "Tweet Storm" which begins Friday, October 19 at 1 p.m. EST. The special hashtag is #IamNasrin.
The online event is an urgent call to take action for her release. Anyone can join the Storm, as long as you have a Twitter account. And, if you don't, you can always create one. A link to a post with suggested tweets will be provided on the campaign's event page half an hour before the start of the Storm.
What you need to do is simple: Send a tweet every minute for 60 minutes. You can copy the suggested tweets and paste straight to your Twitter account.
The goal of the Tweet Storm is to encourage media, journalists, bloggers, reporters, lawyers, mothers, women's rights groups, human rights activists and groups, and concerned citizens to stand in solidarity with Nasrin. Social media plays a very important role in consciousness-awareness raising. We should all do our parts to be Nasrin's voice because hers has been silenced. The Regime in Iran must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity.
For the past two years Regime authorities have frequently deprived Nasrin Sotoudeh of her most basic human rights, like the right to have physical contact with her children or make phone calls to her mother. The courageous and resilient Nasrin is sentenced to six years in prison and banned from practising law for 10 years.
Her husband, Reza Khandan, posted the following on Wednesday on his Facebook to announce the hunger strike:
After months of back and forth with the Prosecutor's office, the fundamental right of a mother to have face-to-face meetings [with her beloved children] is still being denied. Despite 17 months of imprisonment in Evin's general ward, they still refuse to grant her a two-minute phone conversation. Even a visitation from behind a cabin window with her brother and mother has been denied for an entire year.
Nasrin must now hear through the grapevine that her 12-year-old daughter was summoned along with her husband to branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court to discover [the authorities] have banned her from leaving the country. As if that was not enough, now this innocent, young girl, who is no longer able to visit her mother behind bars as a result of a conflicting school schedule on Wednesdays, must face the stubbornness of a Judiciary which refuses to switch the visitation day.
For two months [the authorities] gave us false hopes that they might grant [Nasrin] furlough. The Prosecutor's office even asked us to submit a number of documents, only to suddenly change their minds at the last minute.
Nasrin, who has been left with no other recourse, has unfortunately launched a hunger strike as of this morning. I did everything in my power to dissuade her of this decision, but she was adamant. Even without a hunger strike she has lost so much weight and is so weak that she is unrecognizable to those who have not seen her in a while...and now this [the hunger strike]...
Hope to see you on Twitter for Nasrin. You should help because you can.
“Whoever talks of war against Iran <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/ahmadinejad-netanyahu-un-bomb-prop_n_1932783.html?utm_hp_ref=world">is</a> retarded...” <em>Caption: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran addresses the 65th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)</em>
“[Bibi] really ought to work <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/ahmadinejad-netanyahu-un-bomb-prop_n_1932783.html?utm_hp_ref=world">on</a> his drawing..." <em>Caption: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, points to a red line he drew on a graphic of a bomb while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2012, in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)</em>
"Gays? What <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/09/24/16472/ahmadinejad-denies-existence-of-gays-in-iran/?mobile=nc">gays</a>?" <em>Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waits to greet Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (unseen) in Tehran on September 17, 2011, during an official visit to the Islamic Republic. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
"All this talk of democracy has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/science/story/2007/04/printable/070419_he-mb-press.shtml">made</a> people sick to their stomach." <em>Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes a speech during a visit, on November 7, 2007, to the city of Birjand 1000 km (621 miles) east of Tehran, Iran. (Photo by Majid/Getty Images)</em>
“In the past two years, I have done wonders for the Iranian economy. Even economists <a href="http://www.aftabnews.ir/vdcgyu93.ak9zn4prra.html">agree</a> that I have been a miracle.” <em>Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during a rally on Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) on February 11, 2011 in which the Islamic republic's President lashed out at the West and Israel in a speech marking the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
“These [Western] countries should <a href="http://www.khabaronline.ir/news-63882.aspx">know</a> that if they disrespect the Iranian people and attempt to violate their rights, the Iranian people will smack them in the mouth so hard that they will lose their way home." <em>Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes a speech during a visit, on November 7, 2007, to the city of Birjand 1000 km (621 miles) east of Tehran, Iran. (Photo by Majid/Getty Images)</em>
“Iran's image in the world today <a href="http://hamshahrionline.ir/details/62094">is</a> very lovable." <em>Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles during a press conference in Tehran on April 4, 2011, during which he said that the United States and its allies pressured Gulf Arab states to accuse Iran of interfering in the region, and also demanded Saudi forces leave Bahrain. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
“My dear brother, King Abdullah, gave me permission to sit next to him during my trip to Riyadh...” <em>Caption: Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (R) greets Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) upon his arrival at the airport in Riyadh 03 March 2007. (HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
"They are nothing <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/18/ahmadinejad-iran-insults-dirt-dust">but</a> scattered specks of dirt and dust..." <em>Caption: Hundreds of thousands of Iranian opposition demonstrators fill the squares between Revolution and Freedom (background) in support of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran on June 15, 2009, following an election that has divided the nation. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
"They know less than <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoYlugcZ96M&playnext=1&list=PL86A9CEA44C3B708F&feature=results_main">a </a>baby goat..." Caption: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walks to the podium for his address to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2012. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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