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Narges Mohammadi threatened during her hunger strike

Narges Mohammadi lauched a hunger strike on 27 June 2016 to protest the authorities’ refusal to allow her to have phone contact with her young son and daughter who live in Paris with their father, Taghi Rahmani.  On 16 July she ended the hunger strike after being granted permission to have phone calls with her children.

On 18 May 2016, the Revolutionary Court of Iran sentenced human rights defender Narges Mohammadi to 16 years imprisonment on several counts including for “membership in the [now banned] Step by Step to Stop the Death Penalty” group, for ”taking part in assembly and collusion against national security” and “committing propaganda against the state”. Intelligence ministry officials arrested her at her home on 5 May 2015.

Narges Mohammadi is Deputy Director of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC). She was elected as President of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Peace in Iran, a broad coalition against war and for the promotion of human rights. She has campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, and was awarded the Per Anger Prize by the Swedish government for her human rights work in 2011.

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