By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Narges Mohammadi, a lawyer and human rights activist, currently in the women’s ward of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, has launched a hunger strike on June 27th protesting the fact that officials have banned her from having phone calls with her young children.
A year after their mother, a known human rights advocate, was placed in jail, her children were forced to be sent to live with their father in France. The Iranian regime’s security and judiciary pressures had imposed all kinds of pressures on this family. During the past year Mrs. Mohammadi has only been able to contact her children once back in March. Mrs. Mohammadi has time and again issued open-letters to senior judiciary officials protesting how she is treated by prison authorities and security officials.
The following are excerpts of her writings in this regard:
Back in 2012 when I was sentenced to six years behind bars the interrogator in ward 209 of Evin Prison said, “Well, you said you defend human rights? I’ll send you to the women’s general ward for you to see who is human.” I know now, because time and again they have demanded I put an end to my activities so they would allow me to be with my children.
Being in prison and even the 16 years that I have been recently sentenced to has brought me no regrets. In fact, it has made me stronger and I believe more now in human rights.
They consider me being a human rights advocate as a crime. Worse is the fact that they won’t recognize that I am a woman and a mother. I will continue protesting until the day I die, and I will never forget.
I have no request other than making a telephone call with my children. If this is asking too much, if it is illogical, immoral, illegal and against national security, tell me so and convince me. If a mother is considered a criminal by the government, and she must be deprived of hearing the voice of her own children, declare it so. If not, allow me as a mother to hear the voice of my children. The punishment we women and mothers are sentenced to is jail time, not being deprived of hearing the voice of our loved ones. Believe the fact that we are human beings.