IN SUMMARY

  • She is the 19th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Mohammadi is currently serving multiple sentences in Tehran’s Evin Prison
  • She was chosen by a panel of experts in Norway from a list of just over 350 nominations.

Narges Mohammadi, a jailed Iranian women’s rights advocate, won the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

The former vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center organization was chosen by a panel of experts in Norway from a list of just over 350 nominations.

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Mohammadi, 51, has done her work despite facing numerous arrests and spending years behind bars for her activism.

““Her brave struggle has come with tremendous personal costs. Altogether, the regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her five times, and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said in Oslo during the prize announcement on Friday.

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Mohammadi serving multiple sentences

Mohammadi is currently serving multiple sentences in Tehran’s Evin Prison amounting to about 12 years imprisonment, according to the Front Line Defenders rights organisation, one of the many periods she has been detained behind bars.

Charges include spreading propaganda against the state.

In 2019, Mohammadi and fellow prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian national, announced plans to go on hunger strike in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, to protest against the denial of medical treatment.

She is the 19th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the second Iranian woman, after her colleague human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

 

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