In a possible gesture to ease Western concerns, Iranian authorities on Wednesday released a prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was arrested in 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had pledged during his election campaign to ease some political and social restrictions at home.
The US State Department welcomed Sotoudeh's release and called on Iran to release "all prisoners of conscience."
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