“The award of this year's Sakharov Prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi not only recognises their tireless work to advance rights and freedoms in Iran, it also sends a strong political message to the regime in Tehran. The widespread persecution and repression of rights activists and political opponents in Iran is a tragedy for the country and its society, which we call on the Ahmadinejad regime to end. In particular, we are concerned about the conditions of Nasrin Soutoudeh's imprisonment and her ongoing hunger strike, and we urge the authorities to end her arbitrary detention. She and all political prisoners should be freed without delay."
The prize is due to be awarded at the December plenary session of the European Parliament. For more information about Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi, as well as the other shortlisted candidates, see: