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Narges Mohammadi Biography
Who is Narges Mohammadi?
A prominent Iranian human rights activist was sentenced to 80 lashes and 30 months in prison after she criticized the death penalty and accused prison officials of “torture and harassment.”
Narges Mohammadi, a 49-year-old journalist, was sentenced after being convicted of “propaganda against the system” of the Islamic republic for condemning Iran’s use of capital punishment.
The mother of two was also found guilty of “rebellion against the prison authority” after she accused the prison guards of torture.
Her attorney, Mahmoud Behzadi-Rad, said Mohammadi does not intend to appeal under the “circumstances”, without providing further details.
How old is Narges Mohammadi?
April 21, 1972 (age 49 years), Zanjan, Iran
Mohammadi, an activist against the death penalty, was arrested in May 2015 when she was a spokesperson for the Center for Human Rights Defenders in Iran, founded by lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
At the time, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “forming and managing an illegal group,” among other charges, but she was released last year after her sentence was reduced.
But on Tuesday the reformist newspaper Etemad reported that Mohammadi had been tried and found guilty of “propaganda against the system” of the Islamic Republic, as well as “defemation” and “rebellion against the prison authority.”
She had been accused of having “issued a statement against the death penalty”, of having accused prison officials of “torture and harassment” and of organizing a protest sit-in while she was in prison.
Mohammadi was sentenced to 80 lashes, another 30 months in prison and two fines.
While serving her first prison sentence, Mohammadi was transferred from Tehran’s Evin Prison to a prison in Zanjan, in northwestern Iran, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The journalist had “filed a complaint against her immoral and illegal transfer,” said her lawyer.
She also claimed that she was “beaten and harassed” in Evin prison, the Etemad newspaper reports.
“Instead of examining her complaint, the justice officials opened another case against my client,” Behzadi-Rad said.
“Mohammadi has dedicated her life to the cause of her rights,” an EU spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the sentence is “a worrying fact”.
“The EU calls on Iran to review Ms Mohammadi’s case in accordance with applicable international human rights law and taking into account the deterioration of her health status.”
In 2019, a prominent Iranian lawyer was jailed for 38 years and sentenced to 148 lashes after defending women who unveiled in public.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, received the maximum penalty for her seven convictions.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran
He represented protesters against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory veiling for women, many of whom were filmed taking off their garment and posing on social media.
Sotoudeh, who has represented opposition activists, was arrested in June 2018 and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader, her lawyer said.
Iran, along with other Middle Eastern countries, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, dominated a list of the world’s top executioners in 2020 with more than 400 executed, Amnesty International revealed last month.
The four countries accounted for 88% of the at least 483 people who were executed.
Iran executed at least 246 people, including three people under the age of 18 when they committed the crime last year, Amnesty said.
The watchdog added that the death penalty in Iran “is increasingly used as a weapon of political repression against dissidents, protesters and members of ethnic minority groups.”