A The activist “has endured repeated arrests, persecution and torture at the hands of the Iranian regime, but his fight and determination have only become stronger,” Biden said in a statement.
“This award is a recognition that, even though she is currently unjustly detained in Evin Prison, the world still hears Narges Mohammadi’s voice calling for freedom and equality,” she added.
Biden stressed that the Iranian population rejects being silenced or intimidated in their battle for a democratic future and noted that the United States will continue to support their ability to defend those values.
As part of these efforts, Biden indicated, Washington will continue to lead diplomacy at the United Nations to “highlight, condemn and promote accountability for Iran’s abuses.”
Before Biden, the US envoy to Iran, Abram Paley, had praised the Iranian activist’s courage.
“Narges Mohammadi is a hero to so many people in Iran and around the world. Today, the entire world is united in recognizing her courage,” said the American envoy on the social network X (formerly Twitter), in reaction to the award of the reward.
The 2023 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to the Iranian activist, in the name of “women’s struggle in Iran against oppression”, as announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
According to the committee, the choice of this activist, vice-president of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, was also due to “her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all”.
This is the fifth time in its 122-year history that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to someone who is in prison or under house arrest.
Over the past few years, the Tehran regime has detained Narges Mohammadi 13 times. The activist has been convicted five times and is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.
The Iranian Government condemned the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Mohammadi and described it “as a political act” and a measure of “pressure” from the West which, in its opinion, contributes to “economic and inhumane terrorism” which it claims Iran has suffered “for more than four decades.”
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