Experts on human rights expressed their disappointment regarding the ongoing imprisonment of Nobel Laureate Mohammadi in Iran.
Ms. Mohammadi has faced several arrests, with the initial one occurring in 2011 due to her activism for imprisoned human rights defenders and their loved ones. In 2015, she was arrested once again and given a longer sentence.
The UN Human Rights Council-appointed Working Group on Arbitrary Detention reported that she is currently imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin Prison for “spreading anti-State propaganda” and is serving a long sentence.
The Working Group expressed their disappointment that the Iranian government continues to keep Ms. Mohammadi in custody, despite her declining health and against the recommendations of medical experts. This goes against their responsibilities under international human rights laws.
Multiple requests for freedom.
The specialists had previously concluded that the detention of Ms. Mohammadi is unjustified and demanded her prompt release, compensation, and reparations.
It was emphasized that her apprehension and confinement were a breach of global regulations due to discriminatory treatment based on her role as a defender of human rights.
“Despite the United Nations and international community’s appeals, it is highly unfortunate that the Iranian government still considers Narges Mohammadi’s advocacy for human rights as a criminal act,” they stated.
The Working Group
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention consists of five unbiased specialists selected by the UN Human Rights Council. Their responsibility is to examine situations where individuals are being held in captivity without proper justification or in violation of the guidelines outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other internationally recognized agreements ratified by the involved countries.
They work in their own capacity, are not employed by the UN, and do not receive a salary.