Lifesaver for ages 9 and up -- Iran: Help free Narges Mohammadi
These days Narges Mohammadi is in a prison thousands of miles away from her twins Kiana and Ali.
Narges Mohammadi is a champion of human rights. (Pronounce her first name Nar-guess.) She believes in more equality and freedoms for women in Iran. She also believes no one should be killed as a punishment, regardless of what they have done. Narges has spent much of her life working on those issues and often spoke in public about them.
But the government of Iran does not agree with the beliefs that Narges has. Once they stopped her from giving a speech on the role of women and democracy in Iran. In April of 2012, they put her in jail to stop her from doing her work.
The government gave Narges two trials but neither of them were handled fairly. And they resulted in a total sentence of 22 years in jail.
Today, Narges is in Evin Prison in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. She has serious medical issues. They include seizures and problems with her eyes. These issues need expert care outside of prison. But every time doctors manage to get her to hospital, the government has sent her back to prison. She has even sometimes been denied the medicine she needs.
Something else that bothers Narges is that the government sometimes prevents her regular contact with her 10-year-old twins. The government seems to use that as an extra punishment.
Narges has many interests. Besides her work as a human rights defender, she is also an engineer and a journalist. She loves Iranian music and climbing mountains.
Narges should be free to enjoy those interests, to care for her children and to recover her health. The government should free Narges Mohammadi because she is only in jail for her peaceful activities defending the rights of people in Iran.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Please write to Iran’s leader.
If that is too hard, or you don’t have time, you could write:
I support human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. Please release her right away.
WHERE DO I SEND MY MESSAGE?
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Islamic Republic of Iran
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