Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi arrested

An ailing human rights activist whose contribution to the campaign against juvenile executions in Iran is internationally recognised has been arrested to serve her six-year prison term.

Last month an appeal court in Tehran reduced Mohammadi’s earlier 11-year jail sentence to six years after finding her guilty on charges of spreading propaganda against the ruling system, acting against national security and membership of Iran’s Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC).

As the deputy head of the DHRC, the 39-year-old activist and journalist was a close colleague of the Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi who presided over the organisation.

Mohammadi has developed an undiagnosed epilepsy-like disease since her previous arrest in 2010 when she was kept in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison for a month. Her illness makes her lose control over her muscles temporarily during the day.

Several other leading Iranian human rights activists are also being held in Evin, including <... >>>

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