Nobel Peace Prize awarded to imprisoned Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi
- Mohammadi, a journalist, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 80 lashes after criticizing the government and accusing those responsible of torture and harassment.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to imprisoned Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi.
Mohammadi was honored “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and for her fight for human rights and freedom for all,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, president of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo. .
Narges Mohammadi, 49, a journalist, was sentenced to 80 lashes and 30 months in prison in 2021 after criticizing the death penalty and accusing prison officials of “torture and harassment.”
The prominent human rights activist was sentenced after being found guilty of “propaganda against the system” of the Islamic republic for condemning Iran’s use of capital punishment.
Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi is seen at her home in Tehran September 4, 2001.
Nobel Peace Prize Director Berit Reiss-Andersen announces the 2023 Peace Prize in Oslo, Friday, October 6, 2023
The mother-of-two was also found guilty of “rebellion against prison authorities” after accusing prison guards of torture.
Mohammadi, an anti-death penalty activist, was arrested in May 2015 while serving as spokesperson for the Center for Human Rights Defenders in Iran, founded by the lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.
While serving her first prison sentence, Mohammadi was transferred from Evin prison in Tehran to a prison in Zanjan, in northwestern Iran, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The journalist had “filed a complaint against her immoral and illegal transfer,” said her lawyer.
She also claimed to have been “beaten and harassed” in Evin prison, reports the Etemad newspaper.
“Instead of examining her complaint, the judicial authorities opened another case against my client,” Mr. Behzadi-Rad said.