Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian writer, journalist, 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. You can find more details about her case here.
In November 2021, Mohammadi was arrested yet again and is now facing 80 lashes. You can find more information about her current situation in PEN International’s latest statement on her case here
Our colleagues at PEN Norway are organising an online event on January 25 about Mohammadi, her current situation, and the treatment of political prisoners and activists in Iran, followed by screening her documentary film “White Torture.”
Please see PEN Norway’s program 25 January: https://www.facebook.com/events/358228265638858?ref=newsfeed
In the conversation:
– Taghi Rahmani, Narges Mohammadi’s husband, journalist, writer and activist
– Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner (2003), political activist, lawyer and a former judge
– Asieh Amini, journalist, poet and Board member of PEN Norway
– Benyamin Farnam, filmmaker and Communications Worker at PEN Norway
Moderator: Moloud Hajizadeh, journalist
The event will be in English and will be streamed on PEN Norway’s Facebook page.
Here is a quote from Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon) about the effect of receiving letters from PEN members while he was in prison:
“Your letters set me free. Your postcards broke my chains.”
On 15th November, to mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer (and the first anniversary of the re-launch of Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann), sixteen members joined us via Zoom to talk about selected writers and write letters and cards of support. Our featured writers were: Nedim Turfent (Turkey), Ilhan Sami Çomak (Turkey), Dawit Isaak (Eritrea), Amanuel Asrat (Eritea), Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran), Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam) and Paola Ugaz (Peru).
This was a wonderfully friendly, engaged session where we thought about and talked about PEN’s principles of supporting writers who have been imprisoned because of their work, their ideas, their courage and their belief in freedom of expression.
With thanks to English PEN, PEN Norway and the Free the Poet Campaign and PEN International for their support.