Nobel laureate Narges Mohammadi

Iranian Nobel Laureate Sentenced To 15 More Months In Prison

Monday, 01/15/2024

Nobel laureate Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to a further 15 months behind bars, her fifth conviction since 2021 and third from inside prison.

She was also handed a two-year exile outside Tehran and neighboring provinces, a two-year travel ban, a two-year prohibition from joining groups, and a two-year restriction from using a smartphone.

The trial of the human rights advocate, the spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), took place on December 19 at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, with charges primarily related to "propaganda against the Islamic Republic system".

Mohammadi did not attend the questioning and trial sessions and the court's decision was issued in absentia.

As the regime cracks down ever harder on mass dissent, Mohammadi is one of several figures daring to defy the government being held publicly to account with severe and ongoing sentencing. Tehran insists that the activist “incites and encourages the public and individuals to create chaos and turmoil."

The 2023 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo saw her 17-year-old twins, Ali and Kiana Rahmani, receive the prize on her behalf.

Her total five convictions amount to 12 years and 3 months of imprisonment, 154 lashes, 4 months of travel ban, 2 years of exile, and various social and political prohibitions.
She has suffered ill health behind bars and the government continues to use her as a warning to others.

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