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Why is it in the news?
- Recently, Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi has been awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.
- The prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly $900,000).
- She was recognized for her advocacy against the oppression of women in Iran and her efforts to promote human rights and freedom.
- The Nobel Peace Prize also acknowledges the hundreds of thousands of people who have protested against the discriminatory policies of the Iranian theocratic regime, particularly targeting women.
- The prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly $900,000)
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- Narges Mohammadi has been arrested 13 times, convicted five times, and sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes by the Iranian regime.
- The motto of Iranian demonstrators, “Woman – Life – Freedom,” reflects Narges Mohammadi’s dedication.
- She advocates against the death penalty in a country with a high rate of state executions.
- Narges Mohammadi was initially arrested in 2011 for assisting incarcerated activists and their families.
- She has campaigned against the use of the death penalty and the systematic use of torture and sexualized violence in Iranian prisons.
- She gained international attention when she wrote an article highlighting the conditions of women inmates in Evin prison in Tehran.
- In 2018, she received the Andrei Sakharov Prize for her outstanding leadership in upholding human rights.
About Andrei Sakharov Prize
- The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually by the European Parliament.
- The Sakharov Freedom Award was created in 1988 by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to recognize individuals and organizations advocating for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- The first recipients of this award were South African Nelson Mandela and Russian dissident Anatoly Marchenko.
- The prize is named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov.
- The prize money for the Sakharov Prize is 50,000 euros.