Statement of the Tudeh Party of Iran Mrs. Narges Mohammadi, the political prisoner and human rights activist, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee in Norway awarded its 2023 Peace Prize to Ms. Narges Mohammadi on Friday 6 October.  In a statement, the Nobel Committee, pointing out that Ms. Mohammadi is currently imprisoned in Iran, said: “Narges Mohammadi’s brave struggle has personally cost her gravely.  The Iranian regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her 5 times, and sentenced her to a combined total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes.”  It went on to mention that: “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize is also a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who protested against the theocratic regime’s discriminatory and repressive policies against women.”

The Tudeh Party of Iran, throughout the years, has been a steadfast defender of the rights of all political prisoners and activists detained in the regime’s prisons and torture chambers. Amongst our Party’s many statements, the communique dated 7 June 2021, on Ms. Mohammadi’s treatment by the regime’s ministry of judiciary courts, articulates: “The Tudeh Party of Iran, while condemning the repressive and inhumane orders issued by the theocratic regime’s courts against Ms. Narges Mohammadi, as well as all political prisoners and brave campaigners of our country, calls upon all freedom fighters in Iran and around the world to raise their voices against the regime’s vindictive court sentences.  Ms. Narges Mohammadi is a shining example of the courageous women activists of Iran who fight against the widespread and systematic violation of human rights, sexual harassment, and torture of freedom-seeking activists in the prisons of the Islamic Republic.  Today, Iran’s prisons are filled with women activists and fighters who are spending long-term sentences in the prisons of the Islamic Republic regime, suffering from illnesses, insults, and humiliation on trumped-up charges for the solely because they have fought against this regime’s tyranny.”

Ms. Narges Mohammadi, as one of the political prisoners of our homeland, despite all the regime’s tortures and harassment, has always endeavoured to defend the rights of the political prisoners and the peoples’ struggle, especially women.  Accordingly, she wrote a letter to Mr. Javid Rahman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, in which she exposed the widespread incidences of sexual assaults by the theocratic regime’s mercenary thugs against women prisoners and called for immediate action to be taken by international human rights organisations against these inhumane acts of the ruling regime in Iran.

The Tudeh Party of Iran, while reiterating the imperative for a coordinated and united struggle by all our country’s progressive and freedom-seeking forces for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners as well as the realising of democratic rights and freedoms in Iran – thus opening-up the way for the emancipation of our homeland from the medieval tyranny of the supreme leader’s regime and the establishment of a national democratic republic [in its place], congratulates Narges Mohammadi; her husband, Mr. Taghi Rahmani; their children, Ali and Kiana; the brave women of Iran; and indeed all Iranian people who have lived these years [of turmoil] and taken part in the “Woman, Life, Freedom” protest movement.

Our Party once again calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Narges Mohammadi as well as all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran.

The Tudeh Party of Iran

6 October 2023


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