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Iranian women’s groups decry sentencing of Narges Mohammadi, silence of international community

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has voiced its condemnation of the sentencing of Narges Mohammadi, longtime Iranian human rights activist, to 10 years of imprisonment.

The sentence, a result of Mohammadi’s campaigning for abolition of the death penalty, comes in addition to a previous six-year sentence that she is already serving.

The Women’s Committee of the NCRI “strongly decries the international community’s silence against this wave of executions, suppression, arbitrary arrests and medieval sentences”, the commission said in a statement on Thursday.

It has called on “international human rights organizations, women’s rights defenders and particularly the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights” to take measures to abolish the ruling against Mohammadi and secure her release.

Mohammadi, who is the deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), was a member of the outlawed campaign called Step By Step To Stop The Death Penalty in Iran, but not its founder, said Taghi Rahmani, Mohammadi’s husband.

The French media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said the sentence was the product of a “flawed trial” held on April 20, with the outcome being guided by Iran’s intelligence ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

In another statement, Amnesty International said Thursday that Mohammadi’s imprisonment signals “all-out repression” by the regime, citing the shocking severity of the sentence and Mohammadi’s harsh treatment by Iran’s justice system.

“The harsh prison sentence agains Mohammadi comes after years of harassment punctuated by intermittent periods of detention”, the gropu said, “which have inflicted a devastating toll on her health and emotionally scarred her two young children.”

Mohammadi, who suffers from a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot of the lungs) and a neurological condition resulting in seizures, has not been able to receive adequate medical care during her imprisonment.

“Narges Mohammadi’s sentence [aims to] take revenge against a human rights activist who is opposed to the death penalty and seeks its gradual elimination,” said Rahmani.

“Indeed, sometimes the judgment of a judge is just a tool in the hands of the powerful.”


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