Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi will start a hunger strike tomorrow, in conjunction with the award ceremony in Oslo, to show solidarity with the persecution suffered by the Baha’i religious minority in Iran, where he is imprisoned, his family this Saturday. ..
The announcement came during the Nobel Institute’s traditional press conference on the eve of the Peace Prize ceremony, which Mohammadi will receive this year for his fight to protect the rights of Iranian women.
As her husband, Taghi Rahmani, explained during the appearance, where her children Ali and Kiana, all exiled in France, were also present, the decision was due to the lack of religious freedom in this country of Asia.
“Discrimination is institutionalized in Iran, the regime is a theocracy, the clergy governs us,” Rahmani emphasized.
The Baha’i religion, considered a heresy by Muslims, was founded in the 19th century by an Iranian Shiite cleric, and is currently claimed by nearly six million people in more than 200 countries, according to data from the community itself.
About 300,000 Baha’is currently live in Iran, denouncing the regime’s religious persecution, imprisonment and executions, an accusation denied by the authorities.
Mohammadi, 51, went on a three-day hunger strike last month to protest the lack of medical care in prison and the mandatory wearing of the Islamic headscarf, after he was refused access to hospital for in treatment. refused to wear a hijab.
The Iranian activist is serving a ten-year prison sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison for “spreading propaganda against the state” and has been in and out of Iranian prisons for years.
His activism earned him 13 arrests, five sentences of 31 years in prison in total and 154 lashes. Due to the Iranian regime’s refusal to release Mohammadi, his father and his children will attend this Sunday at Oslo City Hall to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf.