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JINA MAHSA AMINI
The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.
In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan. Zendegi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali
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Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN
WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
*Victory is not easy, but it is certain*
'Mother of a long and free Iran'
Preface by Gino d'Artali - November 10, 2023 - This is my tribute to mrs.
Narges Mohammadi or as I call her 'The mother of a long and free Iran'.
Why do I call her that way? Why ask? We all know her as a fearless woman
who's not afraid of the mullahs' regime and not even to loose her life
while being on a hungerstrike and knowing it might add up danger to her
heart's condition. But having said that it is the same regime that
didn't allow medical care if she refused to wear a hijab but they
finally had to give in to also (inter-)national pressure. And that
proves us how persistent she can be and is because for her it became and
is the center of her life and being: to stand firm as a rock in her
demand to respect human and womens' rights and their freedom. So it
cannot have come as a surprise that she was awarded the Nobel Peace
But the mullahs' regime didn't allow her to leave prison and travel to Olso to personally accept this prize and say thank you.
Instead the regime keeps her incarcerated probably thinking that that will silence her. But then again, there's a saying in Europe that says: 'A cornered cat makes strange jumps' or in mrs. Narges Mohammadis' situation one can say 'A lionness and with her many many other women can and does act in ways where the mullahs' regime is driven to a corner with no way out'.
So the mullahs's regime better watch their backs because mrs. Narges Mohammadi is not alone!
Read below the incarcerated Narges Mohammadi had to go through in the past few weeks and still is going through but... read also how her struggles for a long and free Iran were rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize but... doesn't make her 'walk besides her shoes' (European saying meaning somebody overvalues oneself) but keeps standing firm like a rock against the mullahs' regime. Hence this tribute with a standing applause, admiration and gratefullness.
Thank you and long live and a free Iran
Iranwire - 30 Nov 2023
<<Iran's Mohammadi on FT List of Most Influential Women
Iranian human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi has been included in the Financial Time's 2023 list of the 25 most influential women in the world. American music star Beyonce, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen were also selected for their <power to persuade, advocate for change and imagine better ways of doing things.> In the short text she wrote about Mohammadi, French-Iranian novelist Marjane Satrapi said that the imprisoned Iranian activist is <the personification of courage.> <She fights for human rights, for the right of women to control their own bodies and against what she calls 'white torture' - the punishment of solitary confinement and extreme isolation perpetuated by the Islamic republic,> Satrapi added. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite spending years behind bars. <It is a strong message to the world,> Satrapi said. <She represents us all. We reject submission! We disobey! We should be respected as human beings and not merely as females, whose only duty is to seduce men and give birth.> <There is only one thing more beautiful than freedom: the fight for freedom. And this is what makes her, to me, the most inspiring person on earth,> she concludes.>>
Iranwire - 30 Nov 2023
<<FREE NARGES NOW!: New Petition to Release Jailed Iranian Nobel Laureate
The open expression advocacy group PEN America urges the public to join scores of writers, artists, human rights advocates and civil society organizations from around the globe in calling on the Iranian government to release human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi from prison. The petition FREE NARGES NOW! calls on Iranian authorities to immediately free Mohammadi, ensure she receives proper medical care, and allow her to travel to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony on December 10. <Despite massive global recognition for her tireless advocacy for women's rights and human rights in Iran, Narges is currently serving multiple politically-motivated prison sentences totalling over 30 years,> it says. <Given the precarious state of her health, we are extremely concerned for her physical well-being.> The petition also calls on the international community to press for Mohammadi's release, saying <it is a moral imperative to prioritize human rights over political considerations and to advocate for the freedom of those who use their voices to defy tyranny and to champion justice and equality.> For over a decade, Mohammadi <has faced a sequence of ordeals including a series of arrests, false retaliatory charges, medical neglect, and abusive treatment in custody, including prolonged periods in solitary confinement,> the petition reads. <She has been torn away from her family and is not allowed even phone contact with her husband and children.> The activist's health has <severely declined due to egregious prison conditions and medical neglect by authorities>, it adds. <They have repeatedly refused to give her regular access to essential health check-ups with a specialist for an ongoing heart and pulmonary condition because she refuses to wear the mandatory hijab.> Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite spending years behind bars. She was also awarded both the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize earlier this year.>>
Iranwire - 27 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Nobel Laureate Mohammadi Denounces Iran's <Execution Machine>
Iranian human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, who is incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison, has denounced a spike in executions in the country, calling it a <disgrace to the oppressive and authoritarian system.> <The execution machine has accelerated across the country, conveying the message of the oppressive Islamic Republic to society: the continuation of massacre and execution,> Mohammadi said in a letter published on her Instagram page on November 26. <I do not consider it anything other than the 'war' of the government with all its tools of suppression and death against the oppressed, protesting, and defenseless people of Iran,> she added. Mohammadi made the comments after last week's execution of a 17-year-old boy who had been convicted of murder and a 21-year-old protester accused of killing a member of the security forces during protests that swept the country in 2022. The activist warned that such executions will inevitably escalate popular protests over time.
She urged Volker Turk, the UN high commissioner for human rights, to take decisive and swift action to halt executions in Iran <in the name of humanity.> Iran has seen a dramatic surge in executions following the eruption of nationwide protests in September 2022, drawing widespread condemnation, with critics saying the authorities are seeking to spread fear among the population. Human rights groups say many judgments are rushed through the judiciary while grossly unfair trials and forced confessions are routine. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
Iranwire - 27 Nov 2023
<<Father of Executed Iranian Protester Arrested
The family of a young Iranian man executed last week over the alleged killing of a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during nationwide protests continues to face harassment and intimidation from the authorities. According to reports published on social networks, Milad Zohrehvand's father was arrested and taken to prison following his son's funeral on November 24. The reasons for Ruhullah Zohrehvand's detention remain unknown. Meanwhile, intelligence agents of the IRGC poured concrete over Milad's grave in the cemetery of the western city of Hamadan.
The Norway-based Hengaw organization said on November 23 that Zohrevand, a 21-year-old construction worker, was hanged without prior notice in Hamedan Central Prison - the eighth known execution carried out in cases related to protests that erupted after the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Zohrehvand was not granted a final meeting with his family, the group said. Throughout his detention, he was denied access to a lawyer and other basic rights. His family was reportedly subjected to intense pressure from the IRGC Intelligence Organization not to speak publicly about his case. Amnesty International said it was <horrified> by Zohrevand's execution and called on the international community to urge Iranian authorities to immediately establish an official moratorium on executions. <Iran's authorities systematically carry out executions after grossly unfair trials & use the death penalty as a tool of repression,> the London-based human rights group said on the social media platform X.>>
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Iranwire - 23 Nov 2023
<<Alarm Raised Over Health of Jailed Iranian Nobel Laureate Mohammadi
Amnesty International has called for the immediate release from prison of human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, who has been denied timely access to adequate healthcare by the authorities. Prosecution and prison officials are subjecting the arbitrarily detained 51-year-old activist to <torture and other ill-treatment by deliberately denying or severely delaying her access to adequate healthcare to coerce her into adhering to Iran's abusive and degrading compulsory veiling laws,> the London-based human rights watchdog said on November 22. <This places Narges Mohammadi's health at great risk, particularly as she has serious heart and lung conditions,> it added. Mohammadi went on hunger strike on November 6 in protest at the authorities' refusal to transfer her for urgent medical tests at a hospital outside prison for more than two months. Two days later, amid a global outcry, she was transferred to a hospital without a headscarf but was returned to Tehran's Evin prison the same day and before the test results were reviewed by doctors. The activist later learned that fluid was found around her heart, up to 80 percent blockage of two arteries requiring an immediate angioplasty and swelling in her esophagus. Despite this, officials again blocked her transfer to hospital on November 15, conditioning it on her complying with compulsory veiling. She was taken to hospital the next day for an angioplasty without head covering and returned to prison the same day against medical advice. On November 21, Mohammadi was taken for a third time in two weeks to a hospital without a headscarf. <Serious concerns remain over her access to adequate healthcare she needs, including follow-up treatment and monitoring of her heart condition, as prison and prosecution officials have the authority to decide on transfers to hospital and ignore medical advice, per Iran's Prison Regulations,> Amnesty International said. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests. Since May 2021, Iranian authorities have unjustly convicted and sentenced Mohammadi to a total of 12 years and 11 months in prison, 154 lashes, and other sanctions in four separate cases stemming from her human rights activism. Earlier this month, she was summoned by prosecutors in relation to a new case, but prison officials refused her transfer unless she complied with the Islamic Republic's veiling laws, which she refused.>>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 21 Nov 2023
<<Narges Mohammadi taken back to prison after undergoing angioplasty procedure
News Center- Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi announced on her Instagram account that she was transferred to a hospital for the third time without wearing a hijab. Her post said, <#NargesMohammadi was transferred to the hospital without #forcedhijab for the second and third time wearing a vest & skirt while the prosecutor has banned her transfer without hijab. These transfers were filled with security agents, undercover agents, prison guards, and policemen.> Narges Mohammadi was taken back to Evin prison after undergoing an angioplasty procedure in the hospital on November 21, 2023.>>
Chains and Pains
Center for Human Rights in Iran - June 8, 2012
Narges Mohammadi, a human rights lawyer and deputy director of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, began a six-year sentence on 22 April 2012 for <assembly and collusion against national security,> <membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Center,> and <propagating against the regime> - in other words, for doing her job. Like many prisoners of conscience, she has young children, five-year-old twins, whom she is allowed to see for only a few minutes per week, at highly supervised and guarded visitation sessions.>>
Iranwire - 16 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Iranian Activist Mohammadi Taken to Hospital for Angiography
Iran's prison officials transferred this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi to a hospital on November 16 to undergo an angiography, a type of X-ray used to check blood vessels, her family says. <After a week of asking, the prosecutor finally granted permission for her transfer, and she was sent to the hospital this morning,> according to a post on Mohammadi's Instagram account, which is run by her family. Mohammadi launched a hunger strike on November 6 in protest against the denial of medical care for herself and other women detainees who refuse to wear a mandatory headscarf. Two days later, on November 8, her husband Taghi Rahmani announced that she <was taken to the hospital without the mandatory hijab for medical tests.> Rahmani said that the prison doctor's had recommended her <immediate hospitalization> due to a <50-percent blockage of two heart vessels.> Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
Center for Human Rights in Iran - 13 Nov 2023
<<Jailed in Iran, Nobel Laureate Narges Mohammadi Resists Summons to Face More Charges
Imprisoned Nobel laureate Narges Mohammadi faces new charges that underscore the draconian tactics employed by Islamic Republic of Iran officials to silence dissent and punish peaceful activists. The international community must quickly respond with strong collective action to end her imprisonment, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). <Narges Mohammadi's imprisonment in Iran is the price she is forced to pay for her tireless defense of fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly for prisoners of conscience, notably women, throughout the nation,> said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. <The Islamic Republic's continuous use of imprisonment as a tool of repression demands global denouncement and a coordinated commitment to hold Iranian officials accountable for their rampant and egregious violations of human rights,> emphasized Ghaemi.
While summoned to appear at the prosecutor's office in Evin Prison on November 12, 2023, Mohammadi, 51, refused to comply with the state's forced-hijab law and consequently was not brought to the office. Consequently, she has not officially received any new charges, as disclosed by an Instagram accountproviding updates on her case. This marks the <seventh case opened against her in the last nine months> since the initiation of Iran's <Woman, Life, Freedom> movement, according to the Instagram post. All charges stem from her peaceful advocacy for basic rights and freedoms for all Iranian citizens, both within and outside prison walls. In and out of Iranian prisons for more than a decade, the renowned advocate of women’s and human rights has two current cases against her at two branches of the state's Revolutionary Court system in Branch 26 led by Judge Iman Afshari and Branch 29 led by Judge Amouzad. She is currently serving a 10-year sentence in Evin Prison, infamous for its imprisonment of human rights defenders, on sham charges of <spreading propaganda against the state.> After a three-day hunger strike Mohammadi begun on November 3, 2023, to demand access to medical treatment, she was briefly allowed to leave her cell to visit a hospital without a hijab, a statement on the Mohammadi freedom campaign’s social media said. Mohammadi has been experiencing increasing health problems while imprisoned in Iran over the years, including heart problems. Over the years, political prisoners in Iran have died due to the denial of proper medical treatment and following hunger strikes undertaken by prisoners in a desperate bid to call international attention to their plight. <We are dismayed that Iranian authorities continue to deprive Ms. Mohammadi of her liberty, despite concerns about her deteriorating health in detention, against the advice of medical professionals, in violation of their obligations under international human rights law,> said the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on October 11, 2023. The UN Working Group reiterated its previous call for her release, after designating her detention as arbitrary and called for compensation and reparations. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 6, 2023, <for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.> Her husband and children, who have been forced to live in exile in France since 2011 when Mohammadi was initially imprisoned, are preparing to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on December 10, 2023, to accept the award for her. Because her family has been unable to travel to Iran where they would face severe persecution by Iranian authorities, Mohammadi has not seen her children or husband in person for the past 12 years. <World leaders must vehemently and repeatedly demand freedom for prisoners of conscience in Iran,> said Ghaemi. <Raising our voices in solidarity with the political prisoners languishing for years in Iranian prisons in the pursuit of justice is a global imperative.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 10 Nov 2023
<<Noushin Jafari arrested while attempting to visit Narges Mohammadi at hospital
News Center- Noushin Jafari, one of the members of the <Iranian Mothers for Justice> and Narges Mohammadi's former cellmate, was arrested and taken to the prosecutor's office while attempting to visit Narges Mohammadi at hospital on Wednesday. 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi announced the arrest of her former cellmate on Instagram. Narges Mohammadi wrote, <On Wednesday, as I proceeded among numerous security forces, every step I took was closely monitored by military and security agents. Outside the room, where I was confined in the hospital, my former cellmate, Ms. Noushin Jafari, was arrested and taken to the prosecutor's office, where she remained detained for several hours. One of the ‘mothers for justice' members was promptly identified and threatened with detention & arrest when entering the hospital's vicinity. The security forces claimed that they had received orders from the prosecutor to apprehend anyone attempting to visit Narges.> >>
Iranwire - 9 Nov 2023
<<Complaint Filed with UN over Mohammadi's Detention
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Iran Justice lawyers collective have jointly filed a complaint with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention against the Iranian government, as part of efforts to put an end to the arbitrary detention of this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi. The referral made on November 8 requests an <urgent action> by this group of UN experts in the form of <a letter of allegation> to the Iranian government, to be sent via diplomatic channels, the Paris-based RSF said in a statement. It would call on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Mohammadi from custody, and take all appropriate measures to guarantee her physical and psychological well-being. The UN experts were also asked to investigate the <inhuman and degrading treatment> inflicted on the human rights activist by her jailers. Mohammadi launched a hunger strike on November 6 in protest against the denial of medical care for herself and other women detainees who refuse to wear a mandatory headscarf. Two days later, on November 8, her husband Taghi Rahmani announced that she <was taken to the hospital without the mandatory hijab for medical tests.> Rahmani said that the prison doctor's had recommended her <immediate hospitalization> due to a <50-percent blockage of two heart vessels.> Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars. RSF said the aims of the referral include <drawing attention to the fact that the Iranian authorities have repeatedly violated Mohammadi's fundamental rights, including her freedom of expression and opinion, her dignity, her right to security, and her right to a normal and private family life, as well as <stepping up the international pressure on the Iranian authorities and combatting impunity.> The statement said the referral also marks the start of a campaign by scores of non-governmental organizations from across the world to demand Mohammadi's release so that she can collect her Nobel Peace Prize during the official ceremony in Oslo on December 10.>>
Iranwire - 8 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammadi Taken to Hospital – Without Hijab
Iranian authorities transferred Narges Mohammadi, the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who is incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison, to a hospital after she launched a hunger strike earlier this week, her husband says. Taghi Rahmani said on November 8 that the human rights activist <was taken to the hospital without the mandatory hijab for medical tests.> Rahmani, who is a political activist, said that the prison doctor's had recommended her "immediate hospitalization> due to a <50-percent blockage of two heart vessels.> Mohammadi had been prevented from receiving medical treatment because she refused to wear a head covering for a hospital visit. She began a hunger strike on November 6 over being blocked along with other inmates from getting medical care and to protest the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf rules for women, her family said. Hours before her transfer to hospital, seven fellow women inmates started their own hunger strike <in a resolute display of solidarity [with Mohammadi] and to protest the enduring injustices of the oppressive government,> according to a post on Mohammadi's Instagram page, which is managed by her relatives. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars. On November 7, the Norwegian Nobel Committee expressed deep concern about the activist's health and urged the authorities to provide her and other female inmates with <whatever medical assistance they may need.> <The requirement that female inmates must wear a hijab in order to be hospitalized, is inhumane and morally unacceptable,> Berit Reiss-Andersen, who chairs the committee, said in a statement. “Narges Mohammadi's initiation of a hunger strike demonstrates the seriousness of the situation.> >>
Iranwire - 7 Nov 2023
<<Iranian Authorities Urged to Give Mohammadi Medical Help
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has urged Iranian authorities to provide medical care to this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi, who is incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison. Human rights activist Mohammadi began a hunger strike on November 6 over being blocked along with other inmates from getting medical care and to protest the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf rules for women, her family said. The authorities have prevented the activist from receiving medical treatment because she refused to wear a head covering for a hospital visit. <The Norwegian Nobel Committee is deeply concerned about the health of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi after she has been denied medical treatment,> Berit Reiss-Andersen, who chairs the committee, said in a statement. <The requirement that female inmates must wear a hijab in order to be hospitalized, is inhumane and morally unacceptable.> <Narges Mohammadi's initiation of a hunger strike demonstrates the seriousness of the situation,> Reiss-Andersen added, urging the authorities to provide Mohammadi and other female inmates with <whatever medical assistance they may need.> The family expressed concern about Mohammadi's <physical condition and health,> saying that the outspoken activist and her lawyer for weeks have sought her transfer to a specialist hospital for heart and lung care. Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for keeping up her fight against the <oppression of women> in her country despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
Iranwire - 6 Nov 2023
<<Jailed Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammadi on Hunger Strike
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi has begun a hunger strike to protest being blocked together with other inmates from getting medical care and the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf rules for women, her family says. A post on Mohammadi's Instagram page, which is managed by her relatives, said that she sent a message from Tehran's Evin prison on November 6 and <informed her family that she started a hunger strike several hours ago> in protest of <the Islamic Republic's policy of delaying and neglecting medical care for sick inmates” and its <policy of 'death' or <mandatory hijab' for Iranian women.> The family expressed concern about Mohammadi's <physical condition and health,> adding that the outspoken activist and her lawyer for weeks have sought her transfer to a specialist hospital for heart and lung care. It did not elaborate on what conditions the 51-year-old Mohammadi suffered from, though it described her as receiving an echocardiogram of her heart. Mohammadi's decision increases pressure on Iran's theocratic rulers over her incarceration, a month after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for keeping up her despite numerous arrests and spending years behind bars.>>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 3 Nov 2023
<<Narges Mohammadi's hospital transfer blocked for refusing to wear hijab
News Center- The family of Narges Mohammadi said that 2023 Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi's hospital transfer was blocked by Iranian prison authorities for refusing to wear the compulsory hijab. According to the post of her family, the prison authorities have refused to transfer Nages Mohammadi, who suffers from heart and lung conditions, to a hospital outside Evin prison. <Two days and nights, a group of women in Evin protested in the prison yard to send Narges Mohammadi to the heart hospital. The prison warden announced that sending her to the heart hospital without a headscarf was prohibited, and her transfer was cancelled,> her family wrote on her official Instagram account on Wednesday. Her family also wrote that the prison authorities even refused to transfer Narges Mohammadi to the infirmary. Narges Mohammadi announced that she would not wear a hijab. Jailed Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize on October 6, 2023. She smuggled out a letter of thanks for her Nobel Peace Prize. <I am grateful to all of you and urge you to support the people of Iran until the final victory. Victory is not easy, but it is certain,> she said in the letter.>>
Iranwire - 1 Nov 2023
<Victory is Certain,> Jailed Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Says
In a message smuggled out of her cell in Tehran, Nobel Peace Prize winner and women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi said that transitioning away from Iran's <religious authoritarian regime> to a more democratic, equalitarian and freer political system is an <unstoppable process.>
Mohammadi's 17-year-old daughter, Kiana Rahmani, read out the message nearly a month after the imprisoned activist was awarded the Nobel prize for her fight against the <oppression of women in Iran> and for her efforts to promote <human rights and freedom for all.> The 51-year-old activist once again criticized the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women, saying that <the compulsory hijab is a means of control and repression imposed on the society and on which the continuation and survival of this authoritarian religious regime depends.> She condemned <a regime that has institutionalized deprivation and poverty in society for 45 years,> and said that it was <built on lies, deception, cunning and intimidation.> Mohammadi, whose family took refuge in France, has been arrested 13 times, convicted five times, and sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes for her activism. Incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison following her latest arrest in 2021, she has been one of the women spearheading the <Woman, Life, Freedom> uprising in Iran. The protest movement, which has seen many Iranian women and girls take off their hijab, cut their hair and rally in the streets, was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September last year after she was arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. The monthslong demonstrations waned earlier this year following a deadly state crackdown in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands were unlawfully arrested. However, many Iranian women and girls continue to refuse to wear a mandatory headscarf, in a direct challenge to the country's clerical rulers. <We, the people of Iran, demand democracy, freedom, human rights, and equality, and the Islamic Republic is the main obstacle in the way of realizing these national demands,> Mohammadi said in her message. <We... are struggling to transition away from this religious authoritarian regime through solidarity and drawing on the power of a non-violent and unstoppable process in order to revive the honor and pride of Iran and human dignity and prestige for its people,> she continued. <Victory is not easy, but it is certain,> the activist concluded.>>
Iranwire - 31 Oct 2023
<<Jailed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammadi Denied Medical Care
Narges Mohammadi, the Iranian human rights activist who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, is being denied access to medical services while in Tehran's Evin prison, her family says. According to Mohammadi's Instagram page, which is managed by her relatives, she has been prevented from being transferred to a hospital due to her refusal to wear a headscarf. On October 30, Mohammadi was called to hospital for the second time since September 4 to undergo a CT scan of her lungs and an echocardiogram, it said, adding that the activist was not permitted to leave the prison premises. The Instagram post further disclosed that the prosecutor issued an order stipulating that Mohammadi should not, under any circumstances, be taken to hospital without wearing a headscarf. In response to this decision, Mohammadi and her fellow inmates launched a protest to denounce the dire prison conditions.>>
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