Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Message from Iran Jail

Oslo, Norway: “Victory is not easy, but it is certain,” imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner and women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi, said in a message smuggled out of her Tehran
cell and published. In the message, read out in French by her daughter, Kiana Rahmani, and posted on the official Nobel website, the 51-year-old activist and journalist expressed “sincere gratitude” to the Norwegian Nobel committee. Mohammadi — who was awarded the prize in early October “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran” —
once again criticised the requirement for women in Iran to wear a headscarf, and denounced Iranian authorities. “The compulsory hijab is a means of control and repression imposed on society and on which the continuation and survival of this authoritarian religious regime depends,” she declared through her 17-year-old daughter, who has taken refuge in France along with her family. She condemned “a regime that has institutionalised deprivation and poverty in society for 45 years”, adding that it was “built on lies, deception, cunning, and
intimidation”.Arrested 13 times, sentenced five times to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes, and imprisoned again since 2021, Narges Mohammadi is one of the women spearheading
the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising in Iran.

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