Updated 10 March 2023.
March 21 is Nowruz, Persian New Year. Take action with Amnesty for Narges and 6 other Iran cases!

15 February 2023.
Reporters Without Borders awarded the 2022 Prize for Courage to Narges.
Narges was on BBC's list of 100 Inspiring Women in 2022.
The city of Lyon, France, awarded honorary citizenship to Narges for her human rights activities. Her children Kiana and Ali, who live with their father in exile in Paris, accepted a plaque on behalf of their mother.
Narges was one of three women awarded Sweden's Olof Palme Prize. Her message of acceptance is here.

2 December 2022.
English edition of White Torture by Narges available Dec 13.

6 November 2022.
Oct 23 interview with husband of Narges.
Protest anthem Baraye

1 July 2022. AIUSA's Urgent Action 10515 for Narges stated that in reprisal for her human rights activism, prison officials intentionally denied Narges the medications needed for her serious heart condition.

12 June 2022.
PEN America reports death threats against Narges and calls for her release from dangerous Qarchak Prison.

10 May 2022.
Before her return to prison, Narges recorded a short video for release on her 50th birthday.

18 April 2022.
Narges Mohammadi is no longer on temporary medical furlough but is back in Qarchak Prison, where she will mark her 50th birthday on April 21.
This April 13 Iranwire.com article reports on her return to prison and also on the social media reactions to her Washington Post interview on April 6. NIAC summarized the WP interview here.

3 March 2022
From our AIUSA country specialist for Iran:
"On 19 February 2022, Narges Mohammadi was hospitalized outside of prison with 75% blockage of one of her arteries and required immediate surgery and on 22 February 2022 was released from prison on temporary medical leave."

26 January 2022
Narges receives additional sentence of 8 years and 70 lashes!

18 November 2021
Narges Mohammadi arrested on 16 November and detained in Evin Prison.
Center for Human Rights in Iran announced Narges Mohammadi's arrest.

3 October 2021.
Narges Mohammadi defies summons to Evin Prison for sentence of 30 months and 80 lashes. 2021_Oct1_Narges_letter_to_authorities.pdf

7 July 2021.
Narges Mohammadi was attacked and threatened twice by state security agents. Read the June 17 article .

4 June 2021 Interview with Narges

29 May 2021: In a 24 May post on her Instagram account, Narges Mohammadi wrote that she has been sentenced to a prison term, flogging and fines in relation to her peaceful human rights activities while she was previously unjustly jailed.
Amnesty statement and suggested social media action

11 May 2021: Interview with Narges



Iran Prisoner of Conscience Narges Mohammadi

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 campaign Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty, a group advocating for abolition of the death penalty in Iran.

In November 2021 she was arrested while attending a memorial service for people killed by Iranian security forces during nationwide protests in November 2019.
In January 2022, following a grossly unfair trial that lasted just five minutes, a Revolutionary court convicted her on charges including “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and “disrupting public order” and sentenced her to eight years and two months in prison, 74 lashes and bans on her activities. This sentence is in addition to a sentence imposed in May 2021--of 30 months in prison, 80 lashes, and a fine-- for “spreading propaganda against the system.” She was notified that she would be required to serve a sentence imposed on her in May 2021 of 30 months in prison and 80 lashes on charges of “spreading propaganda against the system.” On 19 January 2022 she was transferred to Qarchak Prison which is notorious for its poor conditions.

Narges Mohammadi had been imprisoned previously, including a stretch from May 2015 to October 2020; “evidence” that had been used to convict her included her media interviews about human rights; her participation in gatherings outside prisons before executions to support the families of death row prisoners; her connections with other human rights defenders including Shirin Ebadi; and her meeting with Catherine Ashton, the former European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. For many years, Narges Mohammadi has not been able to see her fifteen-year-old twins or her husband Taghi Rahmani who live in Paris. She suffers from a number of serious health problems, including a condition that can cause seizures, for which she requires specialized treatment that she cannot receive in prison. In February 2022 she required hospitalization and surgery for a blockage in an artery.


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.
Citation: "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

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.

In 2019 Jean-Christophe of Amnesty Belgium compiled a review of recent work done for Narges by groups in Norway, Sweden, the USA, Denmark, Switzerland, and of course Belgium.

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
Online Campaign
Download the Report

HEALTH TAKEN HOSTAGE: Cruel Denial of Medical Care in Iran Prisons

Amnesty International (September 2020)
Trampling humanity: Mass arrests, disappearances and torture since Iran’s 2019 November protests.

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)
AIUSA Iran Country Page
US State Dept Report, Iran

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