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Narges Mohammadi summoned to court on new charge

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About the situation

On 27 February 2021, woman human rights defender Narges Mohammadi refused to appear in court on a new charge of “disturbing prison order”, which was filed against her after she made a sexual harassment complaint while she was in detention.

About Narges Mohammadi

Narges MohammadiNarges Mohammadi, who is spokesperson of the Iranian Defenders of Human Rights Center, was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to 16 years in prison for “propaganda against the regime” and establishing the ‘illegal’ group Legam, which campaigns against capital punishment. The WHRD contracted Covid-19 in prison in July and reported she was denied proper medical care. On 8 October 2020, she was released from Zanjan prison based on a law reducing prison sentences for political prisoners, which was passed in May.

2 March 2021
Narges Mohammadi summoned to court on new charge

On 27 February 2021, woman human rights defender Narges Mohammadi refused to appear in court on a new charge of “disturbing prison order”, which was filed against her after she made a sexual harassment complaint while she was in detention.

Narges Mohammadi, who is spokesperson of the Iranian Defenders of Human Rights Center, was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to 16 years in prison for “propaganda against the regime” and establishing the ‘illegal’ group Legam, which campaigns against capital punishment. The WHRD contracted Covid-19 in prison in July and reported she was denied proper medical care. On 8 October 2020, she was released from Zanjan prison based on a law reducing prison sentences for political prisoners, which was passed in May.

On 27 February 2021, Narges Mohammadi stated that she had been twice summonsed to court in December but had refused to attend. A third summons called her to court on 27 February for a trial to begin. She has been accused of “disturbing prison order”, including through “showing disrespect to prison officials”, “organizing gatherings of prisoners”, and “breaking windows”.

The same day Narges Mohammadi published a video explaining how prison officials and the then-head of Evin Prison, Gholamreza Ziaei, beat her, touched her inappropriately and sexually harassed her during her forced transfer to Zanjan prison. The woman human rights defender reported the sexual harassment and filed a legal complaint against Gholamreza Ziaei immediately. However, not only has the complaint not been heard, the judiciary filed a new case against the woman human rights defender in an apparent reprisal for her filing the complaint.