(Updated 26 March 2018)
Iran Prisoner of Conscience Narges Mohammadi
Iranian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi received a 16-year prison sentence after she was convicted, following an unfair trial in April 2016, of the charges of "founding an illegal group", "gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security", and "spreading propaganda against the system". She is already serving a six-year prison sentence from a previous case. Her convictions are based solely on her human rights work.
Narges Mohammadi is a distinguished and passionate defender of human rights. She was vice-president of the Center for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) which reported on violations of human rights in Iran provided pro-bono legal representation to political prisoners and support to their families before it was forcibly closed by the Iranian authorities in December 2008. The Center was co-founded with prominent human rights attorneys, including Iran's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. Narges Mohammadi also founded the organization Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty, a group campaigning against the death penalty in Iran.
Narges Mohammadi has paid more than most for her human rights activism. She has suffered years of harassment and intimidation from the Iranian authorities and has been in and out of prison for over a decade. She is currently serving a total of 22 years in prison. She was convicted of several unsubstantiated national security charges including "membership of an illegal organization whose aim is to harm national security" for founding Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty; "spreading propaganda against the system;" and "assembly and collusion against national security." The "evidence" used against her included her media interviews; participating in gatherings outside prisons before executions to support the families of death row prisoners; her connections with other human rights defenders, such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi; and her meeting with Catherine Ashton, the former European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on International Women's Day and other women human rights defenders on 8 March 2014.
Narges Mohammadi has not been able to communicate regularly with her ten-year-old twins -- a girl, Kiana and a boy, Ali; after her arrest they joined their father Taghi Rahmani in Paris, where he lives as a refugee. She suffers from a number of serious health problems which have been exacerbated because of her treatment by authorities, and for which she has not been allowed adequate treatment. She has undergone hunger strikes to protest her treatment.
She is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. In October 2016 several members of Iran's parliament sent a letter to the Head of the Judiciary Sadegh Larijani, calling for her release.
[March 1, 2017, http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/Nowruz_action_2017.pdf]
Narges Mohammadi is a
2018 recipient of the Andrei Sakharov Prize
awarded by the
American Physical Society. The prize recognizes
outstanding leadership and/or achievements of
scientists in upholding human rights.
"for her leadership in campaigning for peace, justice,
and the abolition of the death penalty and for her
unwavering efforts to promote the human rights and
freedoms of the Iranian people, despite persecution
that has forced her to suspend her scientific pursuits
and endure lengthy incarceration."
Take Action for Narges Mohammadi
Please write in English, Persian, Arabic or your own language:
* Calling on the Iranian authorities to release Narges Mohammadi immediately and
unconditionally, as she is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for her peaceful
human rights work;
* Urging them to allow her regular visits and phone calls from her family, including
her children, as well as contact with a lawyer of her own choosing;
* Urging them to ensure that, pending her release, she is provided with adequate
health care outside prison, and that she has ongoing access to a qualified health
professional to provide health care in compliance with medical ethics, including
the principles of confidentiality, autonomy, and informed consent.
Send Appeals to:
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, Deadend of 1 Azizi
Above Pasteur Intersection
Vali Asr Street, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
Tweet for Narges using hashtag #FreeNarges.
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Group 22's work for Narges Mohammadi
In 2016, Group 22 held a rally on April 21, Narges Mohammadi's birthday, at the Federal Building in Westwood. Photos are posted in our Facebook album.
We joined other groups around the world who held actions using the tag #UnitedForNarges.
For 2017 Nowruz, Alexi created a
collage of European and US groups working to free Narges.
More About Narges Mohammadi
BBC Persian visits Narges Mohammadi's family in Paris.
Narges Mohammedi's Letter [4 August 2015] "Tearing My Heart to Pieces"
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
More About Human Rights in Iran
Amnesty International (September 2017)
Caught in a Web of Repression: Iran's Human Rights Defenders Under Attack
Download the Report
HEALTH TAKEN HOSTAGE: Cruel Denial of Medical Care in Iran Prisons
From Campaign for Human Rights in Iran,
INSIDE THE WOMENS'S WARD: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison.
Amnesty International Annual Report (Iran)
Iran Country Page
US State Dept Report (2016) Human Rights, Iran
Group 22 Home Page