Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Iranian Government has released several prisoners of conscience, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, winner of Sakharov Prize for defending human rights. She was released after two years in jail, far short of her 6-11 year sentence. President Rouhani pledged repeatedly during his campaign to restore and expand freedoms for all Iranians, and called for expanded political and social freedoms, including freedom of expression. This move appears to be a good step in that direction.