Updated 11 May 2021.
Interview with Narges and also a new action:
Letter for Narges.
8 October 2020: NARGES MOHAMMADI RELEASED!
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". Her convictions are based solely on her human rights work.
In May 2019 she was hospitalized for an emergency hysterectomy and was quickly returned to Evin Prison against doctors' advice. Prison authorities then refused to give her the antibiotics necessary to prevent post-operative infections. Denial or postponement of medical care is a tactic often employed against political prisoners in Iran.
December, 2019: Brutal transfer of Narges Mohammadi to distant Zanjan Prison.
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.
Narges Mohammadi has been imprisoned since her arrest in May 2015. In 2011 she had been sentenced to six years in prison and was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison in a separate case in May 2016 after being convicted following an unfair trial in a Revolutionary Court of "forming a group composed of more than two people with the purpose of disrupting national security," "gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security," and "spreading propaganda against the system." Under Iran's sentencing guidelines she is required to serve ten years. Her convictions are due solely to her peaceful activism with the CHRD and the Campaign for Step by Step Abolition of the Death Penalty. Some of the "evidence" used against 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 on International Women's Day in March 2014.
Narges Mohammadi has been denied contract with her thirteen-year-old twins who live with their father Taghi Rahmani in Paris. She suffers from a number of serious health problems, for which she requires specialized treatment that she cannot receive in prison. She has a medical condition that can cause seizures and temporary partial paralysis. Narges Mohammadi wrote an open letter from prison in which she says she was subjected to what would amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during her transfer to Zanjan prison in December 2019 in apparent reprisal for participating in a peaceful sit-in in the women's ward of Evin prison to commemorate protesters killed by security forces in November 2019.
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
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
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)
Iran Country Page
US State Dept Report, Iran
Group 22 Home Page