Sunday, 11 December 2016
Iranian human rights activist and lawyer Narges Mohammadi is pleading for the world to “break their silence” after more than a year since she was given a lengthy 16-year jail sentence for her activities.
In a letter published by the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC), Mohammadi called on world leaders and international institutions to act and defend Iranian civil society, especially its human rights activists, from arbitrary arrests and torture while in prison.
Mohammadi was first arrested in 1998 for her criticisms of the Iranian government and spent a year in prison. In April 2010, she was summoned to the Islamic Revolutionary Court for her membership in the DHRC.
She was arrested in 2015 and convicted in September of this year to 16 years in prison, a sentence that has been condemned by organizations worldwide.
“This verdict is yet another cruel and devastating blow to human rights in Iran, which demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for justice,” Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said.