Narges Mohammadi an Iranian activist incarcerated was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated in its announcement that Ms. Mohammadi, 51, had been awarded the prize in recognition of her struggle against the subjugation of women in Iran.
Her conflict has incurred “huge personal costs,” according to the chairwoman of the committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen.
Ms. Mohammadi is incarcerated for ten years at the infamous Evin prison in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Ms. At the ceremony on Friday in Oslo, Reiss-Andersen stated that Ms. Mohammadi received the prestigious award “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and for promoting human rights and freedom for all.”
Her speech commenced with the inscription “woman, life, freedom,” which alluded to the slogan that has recently engulfed Iran in large-scale demonstrations.
She described the award as recognition for the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who have participated in peaceful protests against the “discriminatory and oppressive policies of the theocratic regime that specifically target women” over the past year. She claimed that the newly awarded Nobel laureate led this movement.
Millions of Iranians and human rights activists worldwide will applaud this honor.
In addition, the Nobel committee strongly disapproves of the Iranian government.
Ms. Reiss-Andersen also urged Iran to liberate Ms. Mohammadi from prison so she could attend the prize ceremony in December during the ceremony.
“If the Iranian authorities make the right decision they will release her so she can be present to receive this honor, which is what we primarily hope for.”
However, it is exceedingly improbable that the activist will be able to retrieve her award.
According to the United Nations, the award emphasized “the bravery and resolve of Iranian women, who are an inspiration to the entire world.”
In 2020, Ms. Mohammadi elaborated on her motivations for fighting for Iranian women’s rights while speaking to the BBC.
“In my opinion, supporting human rights efforts and actions aimed at achieving freedom and justice anywhere in the world, whether in Iran or any other country, is very important and heart-warming,” she continued.
She stated that establishing an institution that would subsequently safeguard the rights of individuals was her primary objective.
“If all our efforts in Iran, together with all the recognition and support from outside of Iran leads to the creation of a body that would guarantee human rights in any society, including Iran, we can say that we will be able to solve problems relating to human rights,” according to her.
British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who served alongside Ms. Mohammadi in Evin prison until her parole in March 2022, expressed her joy for her companion.
“I am moved to tears by it.” She accomplished so much for the entire Evin community. Narges serves as a role model and pillar of support for the female ward in Evin due to her courageous resistance against judicial system infractions against women’s rights, solitary confinement, and execution.
“This award belongs to every Iranian woman who, one way or another, has been and remains a victim of injustice in Iran.”
In the interim, French President Emmanuel Macron characterized the Nobel committee’s award as “a fitting recognition for a freedom fighter who consistently confronted the harsh realities of this regime, including prolonged incarceration and abhorrent sentences.”
Ms. Mohammadi has been apprehended thirteen times, convicted five times, and given 31 years in prison in addition to her current term. It is unknown whether the 154 lashes imposed as part of her sentence have been executed.
In a letter to the BBC last December, she detailed the horrifying physical and sexual torture of Iranian women detained during demonstrations. The letter was written from prison.
She stated that such assaults had become more frequent during the protests, ignited by the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, 22, while in police custody.
Later, as the unrest extended throughout the nation, demands grew from increased liberties to overthrowing the government.
The world was enthralled by photographs of Iranian women brazenly torching their headscarves.
The Iranian government has repressed the demonstrations exceptionally severely and diminished substantially.
Subsidiary to the Defenders of Human Rights Center is Ms. Mohammadi.