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Sarah Shourd has been freed

Sarah Shourd was held in solitary confinement in Evin prison, in Iran, for 410 days until her release on bail on 14th September 2010, after a world-wide campaign.

Sarah's fiance Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal were released a year later, on 21st September 2011.


September 2010


Sarah Shourd's statement on release from prison

"I feel myself I have a huge debt to repay the world for what it's done for me.

My first priority is to help my fiance Shane Bauer and my friend Josh Fattal to gain their freedom because they don't deserve to be in prison any more.

Even when that's finished, I feel like my work is just begun in repaying the world for what it's done for me.

I'm extremely grateful and I realise that there are many people in prison that don't have the kind of support that I've had.

Every innocent person in prison deserves the same support that I've received but I'm very humbled.

The more I learn about what people have done for me, what governments have done for me, the more I feel humbled and grateful and ready to be free in the world again and to give back what's been given to me."