Human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of at least 11 political prisoners to have been released from custody in Iran. Observers say this is a sign of a more moderate path taken by new President Hassan Rouhani.
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh has begun a hunger strike in prison, accusing the authorities of harassing her family and friends in recent days.
An already-reeling Iran is preparing for the United States to reimpose all pre-2015 sanctions. The European Union has declared a general intent to assist Iran, but concrete steps in that direction are not yet evident.
Human rights activist Israa al-Ghomgham, imprisoned for protesting alongside Saudi Arabia's Shia minority, is facing possible execution by beheading. Experts have warned of increasing repression in the country.
The European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Venezuela's opposition-dominated National Assembly, as well as to political prisoners in the country.
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