Iran: Release Narges Mohammadi, women's rights defender at heightened risk of COVID-19
In 2016 the Iranian government sentenced Narges Mohammadi to 16 years in prison because she campaigned for women's rights and against the death penalty.
Now, in prisons across Iran, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19. This raises grave fears that prisoners like Narges are at risk of contracting the virus. Prisoners are at particular risk because they are unable to take the same social distancing and hygiene measures as those outside of prison to protect themselves.
Narges' health is failing and she suffers from a blood clot in her lungs and a neurological disorder, putting her at heightened risk if she contracts COVID-19.
Across Iran, prisoners have pleaded with officials to address overcrowded, unhygienic and unsanitary conditions that put them at greater risk of COVID-19 infections, raising alarms about the authorities' failure to sufficiently protect prison populations from the spread of the virus. Some prisoners have been denied adequate medical care, leaving them at greater risk from the virus if contracted.
If we apply enough pressure we can push the government to release Narges. We need to again show Iran that the world is watching, and that we won't stay silent in the face of injustice.
Sign the petition and call for Narges' immediate release, so she can have her freedom and the medical care that she desperately needs.
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To: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
Narges Mohammadi is serving a 16-year jail sentence in relation to peaceful human rights work. This is not the first time she has been imprisoned, and years of detention are seriously affecting her health.
We call on you to release Narges immediately and unconditionally, as she is imprisoned solely for peaceful human rights work. Pending her release, please ensure she is granted the specialized medical care she requires from outside of prison, including ongoing care and treatment following her surgery, while ensuring her rights to informed consent, confidentiality, and privacy.
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