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Amnesty International Calls for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Narges Mohammadi 

October 6, 2023

Chair of Iran's Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), Narges Mohammadi is a longstanding human rights activist who has been repeatedly detained for her work. She is serving a 16 year sentence.
Narges Mohammadi, unjustly imprisoned human rights defender, is currently serving multiple sentences amounting to a total of 11 years and 11 months in prison, in addition to other cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments including 154 lashes. 

Reacting to the news that Narges Mohammadi has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, said:  

“Narges Mohammadi receives this prize today from behind bars in Iran where she has been unjustly imprisoned since 2021 solely for her human rights activism. For years, she has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the dire human rights situation in Iran. Even from her prison cell, she condemned the authorities’ bloody crackdown on nationwide protests, called for the abolition of the death penalty and the prohibition of solitary confinement, and exposed sexual violence against women protesters in detention.  

“In a cruel move exposing the inhumanity at the heart of the Iranian authorities’ tactics to repress critical voices, they have subjected her to years of human rights violations including torture, death threats, and denial of specialized medical care. They even prevented her from seeing her two children. Despite the enormous personal cost, the unrelenting attempts to silence her, and the prospect of a life behind bars, Narges Mohammadi defiantly continues to call for change not just for her, but for all women, men and children in Iran.  

“Her recognition today by the Nobel Peace committee sends a clear message to the Iranian authorities that their crackdown on peaceful critics and human rights defenders will not go unchallenged. The international community must make renewed efforts to push for Narges Mohammadi’s immediate and unconditional release as well as that of all other women and men who have been unjustly imprisoned simply for peacefully exercising their human rights, including in the aftermath of the ‘Woman Life Freedom’ protests of 2022.” 

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