Narges Mohammadi sentenced to one year in prison

Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Narges Mohammadi was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state".

"According to the verdict issued by the 29th Chamber of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Narges Mohammadi was sentenced to one year in prison for propaganda against the state," Mustafa Nili, the lawyer of the female activist, said in a statement on X. 

The 52-year-old activist, who has been in prison since November 2021, has been repeatedly convicted and imprisoned over the past 25 years for opposing the compulsory veiling of women and the death penalty.

Narges Mohammadi had requested that the hearings be held open to the public, but was refused. Therefore, the activist did not attend the hearings that started on 8 June.

Lawyer Nili explained that his client was being prosecuted for her "comments on Dina Galibaf and on boycotting the March parliamentary elections in Iran". Journalist Dina Galibaf was sexually assaulted by the police and arrested in April. The journalist was later released.

In March, Narges Mohammadi released an audio message from prison condemning the "widespread war against women" in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women in Iran have been subjected to a strict dress code, including the obligation to cover their hair in public places.

Mohammadi, one of the best-known human rights activists in Iran, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2023. According to the Nobel Committee in the Norwegian capital Oslo, she received the prize "for her fight against the oppression of the women of Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all."

The 51-year-old, in November last year, went on a hunger strike after she and several other inmates were denied access to health care. She also said that it was in protest against the country's mandatory headscarves for women.

Her children accepted the Nobel Peace Prize at Oslo's city hall in October on her behalf in her absence.