April 21, 2017
Today, human rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi celebrates her 45th birthday in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Her crime is campaigning against the death penalty.
She faces another nine years in jail, and has already been held on various charges since May 2015.
“Mohammadi has not committed any crime,” Roya Boroumand, a human rights activist, told Middle East Eye.
“She simply refused to be silent on human rights abuses and has tried, along with others, to bring an end to the abuse of death penalty in Iran.”
The heavy sentence “underline Iran’s authorities fear of truth-telling”, added Boroumand, the co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation.
Mohammadi was convicted in 2016 of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, “spreading propaganda against the system” and “founding a group composed of more than two people with the purpose of disrupting national security”, according to Amnesty.
(N.B. Narges Mohammadi is also a lawyer)