Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 18, 2013


We welcome today’s reports that the Iranian Government has released several prisoners of conscience, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. 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. In the months ahead, we hope he will continue to keep his promises to the Iranian people.

The United States will continue to urge the Iranian Government to take steps to improve the country’s human rights situation. Accordingly, we renew our call today for Iran to release all prisoners of conscience in its custody.



PRN: 2013/1136

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