Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi started a hunger strike from her Tehran jail cell Monday, protesting the Iranian authorities’ alleged negligence in the direction of sick inmates and the criminalization of ladies who refuse to put on the hijab.
The 51-year-old is at the moment serving a number of prison sentences in Tehran’s Evin Jail, amounting to almost 12 years of incarceration. She has been topic to a sequence of jail sentences since 1998, linked to her work with the Defenders of Human Rights Centre. She had been launched in October 2020, after serving eight years of a earlier sentence, however she was subsequently rearrested on propaganda and defamation prices. These prices included her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, which was deemed to be “espionage for a hostile state.”
Mohammadi was hospitalized in 2022, resulting from coronary heart and lung circumstances, and underwent emergency surgical procedure. She was briefly launched on medical furlough however later returned to jail. In accordance with her household, she was resulting from have a medical appointment with a coronary heart specialist on October 12, however her refusal to put on the hijab meant that the go to was canceled by jail authorities.
Mohammadi has been vocal all through her jail phrases and has advocated for the rights of prisoners. As per her household’s account on Twitter, the hunger strike is in direct protest of the “Islamic Republic’s coverage of delaying and neglecting medical look after sick inmates, ensuing within the lack of the well being and lives of people” and the “coverage of ‘dying’ or ‘obligatory hijab’ for Iranian ladies.”