The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, empty chair for Narges Mohammadi

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By John

In the city hall in Oslo the ceremony for the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize but one chair on the stage remains empty: the Iranian activist awarded Narges Mohammadi is in prison in Iran.

The twin children, Kiana and Ali, 17 years old, are present and will receive the award and read the acceptance speech written by their mother.

Narges Mohammadi condemned Iran’s “tyrannical and misogynistic religious regime” in a message. A staunch opponent of the obligation to wear the hijab for women and of the death penalty in the country, Mohammadi has been detained since 2021 and was unable to receive the prestigious award in person.

The Iranian activist he started a new hunger strike today.

Meanwhile the Iranian authorities they prevented the parents and brother of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from leaving for Paris to collect the Sakharov Prize, the young Kurdish-Iranian who died last year while in the custody of the morality police for having worn the veil incorrectly. The award was awarded posthumously to the young victim. The family’s lawyer in France told AFP. “The family members were banned from boarding the flight that would take them to France despite having visas,” Chirinne Ardakani said. “Their passports were confiscated,” she added.