The Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi has conveyed to the international community his appreciation for his people in their fight against authoritarianism, in a speech sent from prison in Tehran where he is serving a sentence for subversion, and on the occasion of the reception this Sunday of his 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Iranian people, with perseverance, will overcome repression and authoritarianism. I have no doubts about this, I am sure“, he made it known in his speech on the occasion of the award, which was collected at the City Hall of the capital of Norway, Oslohis 17-year-old twins Kiana and Ali Rahmani.
In his text, written from Evin prison and collected by ‘Le Monde‘, Mohammadi declares herself convinced of the undeniable impact that her Nobel will have “in the mobilization of Iranians for peace, freedom and democracy”.
“I am writing this message behind the high, cold walls of a prison. I am an Iranian woman who is proud and honored to contribute to this civilization, which is now a victim of oppression by a tyrannical and misogynistic religious regime“, has added Mohammadian “imprisoned woman who, faced with the deep and heartbreaking suffering caused by the lack of freedom, equality and democracy, has found the need for her existence.”
Mohammadi51, has spent most of the last 20 years of her life in prison and has been convicted up to five times, accumulating a total sentence of 31 years in prison.
Throughout his life of activism, Mohammadi She has founded associations for women’s rights and written books and articles to denounce especially the abuses to which they are subjected, particularly in the country’s prisons.
For his journalistic work, Mohammadi was awarded the United Nations World Press Freedom Prize in May of this year, along with her Iranian colleagues. Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi. His last sentence against him added ten years and eight months in prison, as well as 154 lashes, for the commission of “crimes related to national security and propaganda against the State” in what international humanitarian organizations denounce as a sentence related to his activism.
Relatives and friends of the activist have asked on countless occasions for the release of Mohammadi for humanitarian reasons after the heart attack she suffered last year and for which she ended up undergoing emergency surgery.
The activist, it should be remembered, declared this Saturday her intention to begin a new hunger strike today in Evincoinciding with International Human Rights Day, in solidarity with the work undertaken by Bahá’í women – a religion considered apostate by the Iranian authorities – imprisoned there.
(With information from Europa Press).-