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Iran’s jailed rights activist Narges Mohammadi awarded 2023 Nobel Peace Prize

Iran’s jailed rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize!

The announcement of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2023 was made on Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Mohammadi was honored “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all”, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo.

The committee in its citation said, “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.”

“2023 #NobelPeacePrize laureate Narges Mohammadi’s brave struggle has come with tremendous personal costs. The Iranian regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her five times, and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. Mohammadi is still in prison,” it added.
 
“As a young physics student, Mohammadi distinguished herself as an advocate for equality and women’s rights. In 2011 she was arrested for the first time and sentenced to many years of imprisonment for her efforts to assist incarcerated activists and their families,” the committee’s citation added.
 
After her release on bail, this year’s peace laureate Mohammadi immersed herself in a campaign against the use of the death penalty. Her activism against the death penalty led to her re-arrest in 2015 and to a sentence of additional years behind walls.
 
Last year’s wave of protests became known to the political prisoners held inside the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. From captivity, 2023 #NobelPeacePrize laureate Mohammadi has helped to ensure that the protests have not ebbed out.
 
 

Mohammadi is the 19th woman to win the 122-year-old prize and the first one since Maria Ressa of the Philippines won the award in 2021 jointly with Russia’s Dmitry Muratov.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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