Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Iranian female activist Nargis Mohammadi
Nargis Mohammadi, a vocal Voice of oppressed people and Rights activist speaks out for Iranian women from prison.
On Friday, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for “her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced in Oslo.
Narges Mohammadi, a woman whose name has become synonymous with the fight for human rights in Iran – a battle that has cost this activist almost everything.
Mohammadi has been a prisoner for most of the past two decades. She has been sentenced repeatedly for being the voice of the voiceless, for her unrelenting campaign against the death penalty and solitary confinement – which she has had to endure for weeks at a time.
She is currently serving a sentence of 10 years and 9 months, accused of actions against national security and propaganda against the state. She was also sentenced to 154 lashes, a punishment rights groups believe has not so far been inflicted, and travel and other bans.
But not even the darkest cells of the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran have crushed her powerful voice.
For refusing to be silenced behind bars, Mohammadi has been banned from speaking directly with her husband and children for the past 18 months.