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6th July 2022, 11:17:44 UTC


Iranian authorities have been subjecting arbitrarily detained human rights defender and 2023 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Narges Mohammadi to torture and other ill-treatment by deliberately denying or severely delaying her access to adequate healthcare to coerce her into adhering to Iran’s abusive and degrading compulsory veiling laws.

This places Narges Mohammadi’s health at great risk, particularly as she has serious heart and lung conditions.

Narges Mohammadi is a human rights defender who has been a central figure in the struggle for human rights in Iran. She has written articles arguing for social reforms in Iran. She has been involved in campaigns against the death penalty, women’s rights and the right to protest. Because of this, the regime in Iran want to silence Narges; they also wish to set an example of her to intimidate anyone in Iran who is thinking of fighting for change.

In the last few months, she has been joined in prison by thousands arrested in the protests that sprung up after the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini in police custody.

Since May 2021, Iranian authorities have unjustly convicted and sentenced Narges Mohammadi to a total of 12 years and 11 months in prison, 154 lashes, and other sanctions in four separate cases stemming from her human rights activism, including advocating for families seeking truth and justice for loved ones unlawfully killed by security forces during nationwide protests; publicly shedding light on sexual violence against women in prison; and supporting the “Woman Life Freedom” uprising.

Prosecution authorities have deliberately denied her adequate healthcare in reprisal for her public campaigning against the use of solitary confinement in Iran’s prisons and for seeking accountability for hundreds of unlawful killings during the November 2019 nationwide protests.

Narges Mohammadi is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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