IRAN: Befürchtungen um die inhaftierte Menschenrechtsverteidigerin und Schriftstellerin Narges Mohammadi

21 Juli 2020 – Update #4 zu RAN 08/2018

Narges Mohammadi
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PEN International ist beunruhigt über Berichte, wonach die Schriftstellerin, Journalistin und Menschenrechtsverteidigerin Narges Mohammadi im Gefängnis von Zanjan möglicherweise an COVID-19 erkrankt ist. Sie leidet unter gesundheitlichen Vorerkrankungen und ihr wird eine angemessene Behandlung verweigert, was die Sorge um ihr Wohlergehen weiter verstärkt.

PEN International wiederholt seine Forderungen, an die iranischen Behörden, nach der sofortigen und bedingungslosen Freilassung von Narges Mohammadi und fordert, dass sie dringend vollen Zugang zu aller notwendigen medizinischen Versorgung erhält.


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  • Äußern Sie ernste Besorgnis über die Gesundheit von Narges Mohammadi und fordern Sie die Behörden nachdrücklich auf, ihr dringend Zugang zu aller notwendigen medizinischen Versorgung zu gewähren.
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Leader of the Islamic Republic

Grand Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader

Islamic Republic Street End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street


Islamic Republic of Iran



@khamenei_ir (Englisch),

@Khamenei_ar (Arabisch),

@Khamenei_es (Spanisch)


Head of the Judiciary

Ebrahim Raisi

c/o Public Relations Office Number 4

Deadend of 1 Azizi – Vali Asr Street


Islamic Republic of Iran


President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Hassan Rouhani

Pasteur Street Pasteur Square


Islamic Republic of Iran

E-Mail oder media [at] rouhani [dot] ir


@HassanRouhani (Englisch) und

@Rouhani_ir (Persisch)


Botschaft der Islamischen Republik Iran

S.E. Herr Mahmoud Farazandeh

Podbielskiallee 67

14195 Berlin



Hintergrund (bereitgestellt von PEN International):

Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian writer, journalist and human rights defender, and Honorary Member of Danish, Belgian, Norwegian and Swedish PEN. She is the former Vice-President and spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), which advocates for human rights reform and represents political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in legal proceedings. She is serving a total of 16 years in prison on for ‘gathering and colluding with intent to harm national security’, ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ and ‘founding and running an illegal organisation’ for her work with the Campaign for Step by Step Abolition of the Death Penalty, known by its Persian acronym, Legam.

Mohammadi was imprisoned at Evin Prison in May 2015 where she was held until December 2019 when she was transferred to Zanjan Prison, some 300 km from Tehran, after she had staged protests against prison conditions and the killings of hundreds of protestors who were demonstrating against gas price rises in November 2019. She suffered bruising and other injuries while being transferred, described by Amnesty International as having been violent and a punishment for her prison activism.

On 22 February 2020, she was served with further charges for these prison protests on accusation of ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ and ‘assembly and collusion with intent to take action against national security’. Evidence against her reportedly includes staging sit-ins, conducting educational classes and ‘defaming’ the governor of Evin prison by asserting that that prison guards had used verbal abuse, death threats and beatings against inmates. She faces an additional five years in prison and 74 lashes.

Mohammadi suffers from a neurological disorder that can result in seizures, temporary partial paralysis, and a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her lung for which she is said to be denied essential medication that could prevent further clots forming. In May 2019 she underwent an emergency hysterectomy after which she was returned to Evin Prison. In June 2019, PEN received reports that Narges Mohammadi was being denied adequate medical care and antibiotics to treat a subsequent infection resulting from the surgery.

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Iran, its spread in prisons became a key concern and led in March 2020 to the release on furlough of over 85,000 prisoners. However, many political prisoners, including Mohammadi, remain imprisoned. Then on 13 July, in a letter from prison published by her family, she describes suffering COVID-19 symptoms, adding that other inmates had also contracted the virus. After pressure from her family, Mohammadi was given a COVID test on 8 July but the authorities have reportedly refused to disclose the results.

Narges Mohammadi has written for various reformist journals, among these Payam-e Hajar which was later banned for its articles promoting the rights of all, regardless of gender, religious or political affiliation. She is the author of political essays, including Reforms, strategy and tactics. She is married to the prominent journalist Taghi Rahmani, who spent a total of 17 years in prison then fled Iran for France in May 2011 where he now lives in exile with the couple’s teenage twins. Mohammadi has been denied telephone calls from her children for over a year.

Narges Mohammadi was an awardee of the 2013 PEN/Oxfam Novib Free Expression Award.

For previous actions by PEN International on the case click here.

PEN International is alarmed about the large number of writers and activists in Iran who have been detained or imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. PEN International’s 2019 Case List includes a number of writers in prison and on trial in Iran. This is in violation of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s obligations under international human rights law, mainly through restricting the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. PEN International’s concerns for these imprisoned writers is made more acute in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and reports of violence in prisons.

Das vollständige Statement des PEN International.