Narges Mohammadi

narges_mohammadiNarges Mohammadi, an Iranian in her forties and the mother of two young children, is a longtime activist for human rights and women’s rights, who has been in and out of prison for the last fifteen years. She served as Executive Chair of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, where she was closely associated with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi. The Center was closed by the Iranian government in 2008. Narges Mohammadi also founded and worked for an organization to oppose the death penalty.

In May 2016, she was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for her non-violent human rights activities. She is currently serving this sentence in Evin Prison. She is critically ill, suffering from a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her lungs) and a neurological disorder that has resulted in seizures and temporary partial paralysis. She requires ongoing specialized medical care, which she cannot receive in prison.

Narges Mohammadi has consistently received degrading and inhumane treatment from prison officials. Authorities have used access to her ten-year-old twins as a tool to punish her, denying her telephone contact. When she undertook a hunger strike to protest the authority’s refusal to let her speak with her children, it triggered global outrage and thousands of people, including more than 100,000 Iranians, posted messages in solidarity through a Twitter campaign. After 20 days, she was able to speak with her children.

An open letter by Narges Mohammadi was published online in October 2016, in which she condemned the confirmation of her sentence. She wrote,

I have faith in the path I have chosen, the actions I have taken, as well as my beliefs. I am determined to make human rights a reality [in Iran] and have no regrets. If those who claim to be spreading justice are firm on their judgment against me, I am also firm on my faith and beliefs. I will not waiver under tyrannical punishments that will limit my freedom to the four walls of the prison cell. I will endure this incarceration, but I will never accept it as lawful, human or moral, and I will always speak out against this injustice.

Amnesty International has designated Narges Mohammadi as a Prisoner of Conscience. 15 Iranian parliamentarians have called for her release, urging the Iranian government “to apply the clemency and mercy of the Islamic Republic” and to reunite her with her children.

Write letters to the authorities in Iran:

  • Express that Narges Mohammadi is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
  • Urge authorities to ensure that Narges Mohammadi is treated humanely in detention, that she receives all necessary medical treatment and that she has regular access to her family.
  • Express concern that Narges Mohammadi’s conviction and prison sentence were based on baseless charges; her trial in a Revolutionary Court did not adhere to international standards for fair trials. Her conviction and sentence should be overturned.

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Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
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Salutation: Your Excellency

His Excellency Hasan Rouhani
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
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Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
[care of] Public relations Office
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Vali Asr Ave, above Pasteur Street intersection
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Minister of Justice
His Excellency Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi
Ministry of Justice
Central Office of the Ministry of Justice
Ark Square, Tehran
Salutation: Your Excellency