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Narges Mohammadi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

As a militant and passionate advocate for the Iranian resistance, Narges Mohammadi has devoted her life to defending human rights in her country. She has never stopped her struggle, even from the prison cells where she has been regularly incarcerated since 1998.
Narges Mohammadi

Since the beginning, the core of her commitment has been the abolition of the death penalty in Iran. She has also become one of the most active members of the LEGAM civil society movement, working for the end of arbitrary executions in Iran. It is also in this capacity that Narges Mohammadi has been collaborating for years with Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM).

“One of the most serious causes I have fought for in my life has been the abolition of the death penalty in Iran. It is unacceptable to end a life, no matter what the justification may be.”

Narges Mohammadi, extracted from her foreword of the 2020 Death penalty in Iran report issued by ECPM and Iran Human Rights.

For the abolitionist movement, this recognition with the Nobel Peace Prize for an exceptional human rights activist serves as a reminder of the cruel fate of hundreds of imprisoned Iranians, some of whom are executed, by a desperate regime that seeks to silence all voices that goes against it.

Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, ECPM executive director

At a time when a wave of social protests is shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world is discovering the extent of the repressions faced by Iranians who defend their rights. However, the shrinking civic space has been affecting Iran for many years. Narges Mohammadi has been a victim of this phenomenon for more than two decades.

The legal harassment she has been subjected to in order to silence her is unbearable, according to Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director of Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM): “This is a sad example of the Iranian authorities’ attempts to silence courageous human rights defenders.”

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