Iran, activist Narges Mohammadi on hunger strike during the Nobel award ceremony

Activist Narges Mohammadi, detained in Iran, will begin a new hunger strike tomorrow, the day she will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo where she will be represented by her children. Her family announced it. Mohammadi, who fights in particular against the mandatory hijab and the death penalty in Iran, will begin a hunger strike “in solidarity with the Bahai religious minority”, her brother and her husband announced during a press conference in the capital Norwegian on the eve of the Nobel ceremony.

The announcement

“Today he is not here with us, he is in prison and will go on a hunger strike in solidarity with a religious minority, but we feel his presence here,” said his younger brother, Hamidreza Mohammadi, today in Oslo. Taghi Rahmani, her husband, explained that the strike is a gesture of solidarity with the Baha’i religious minority, of which two prominent members are already on hunger strike. It is the largest religious minority in Iran and is subject to discrimination in many areas of society.

Human rights activity

Mohammadi had already been on hunger strike for several days in early November to gain the right to be transferred to hospital without covering her head with a headscarf. She received the Nobel Prize in October “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran”. Arrested 13 times, sentenced five times to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes, and imprisoned again since 2021, Mohammadi has spent much of the last two decades in and out of prison and does not see her children, now living in France , for eight years. Narges Mohammadi is one of the women leaders of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising, which includes protests that have continued for months across Iran following the death in September 2022 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old arrested for an alleged violation of strict rules of Islamic Republic clothing for women and died while in custody.