|Nasrin Sotoudeh's courageous battle|
|Tuesday, December 21th, 2010 |
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The news of Nasrin Sotoudeh's courageous battle, from inside the walls of the notorious prison of the theocratic regime, against our oppressors reminds us that in the end no tyrant can stand in the way of a people yearning to be free.
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer and now political prisoner in Iran. The regime today is so fearful of it's citizenry that no activist, no journalist, no student, no blogger, in short, no one is safe. And as they grow desperate, they grow even more vicious.
It is heartwarming to see the unity amongst my compatriots of different political perspectives in support of Ms Sotoudeh. To know and appreciate that there are causes which transcend our daily petty political differences is to appreciate our great historic opportunity. The cause of Nasrin Sotoudeh, indeed the cause of human rights and dignity in Iran, is just such a cause. One that transcends all of our differences.
I call upon the community of nations and concerned citizens of the world to speak out and call for the immediate release of Nasrin Sotoudeh.
I call upon my compatriots inside and outside Iran to continue relentless pressure on host governments in the countries they reside and to the UN.
I salute Nasrin Sotoudeh and all the prisoners of conscience in Iran. I demand the regime in Tehran cease and desist immediately this senseless, desperate strategy to hold on to power against the will of the people.
The despots of Tehran must know, the story of each Nasrin Sotoudeh inspires 10,000 more to stand up. The more they torment her, more will commit to fufilling her vision of an Iran respectful of the rights of all it's citizens.
It is our Nasrin Sotoudehs that will prove to be the reason for our ultimate success and the regime's ultimate failure.