Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to another two and a half years in prison, 80 lashes and two fines for her peaceful defence of human rights in Iran.
The activist was released from Zanjan Prison last October, where she had served four years of a planned 15-year sentence related to her work.
Mohammadi’s health deteriorated behind bars and she contracted coronavirus after being transferred from Evin Prison to Zanjan, a facility for non-political convicts.
Despite this, she told IranWire on being released that she would continue to fight for democracy and human rights in Iran.
The latest charges brought against Mohammadi relate to a sit-in she took part in at Evin in November 2019 to protest the security forces’ killing of civilian demonstrators in Iran, which saw her transferred to Zanjan, as well as a string of other incidents that took place during her arrest and detention.
In an Instagram post published on Monday, she wrote: “I received a notice yesterday. It was a court order. Eighty lashes, 30 months’ imprisonment and two fines.
“They charged me for my 2019 sit-in… and called it disruption. They pointed to statements against the death penalty in statements I wrote in prison.
“Speaking out against the brutal and shameless [sexual] assaults by government officials during my sit-in, and unlawful detention, are called slander and ‘disobeying the prison warden’s orders’.
“Breaking the glass of the prison office after a group of men from the security, military and judicial [agencies] tried to aggressively touch me has been called ‘damage’. More disgracefully, I have been convicted of holding a party and dancing.”
Mohammadi added that she would not be abiding by any of the orders in the charge sheet that was sent to her. Iran Human Rights has called on the international community to react.
“Narges Mohammadi has continued to peacefully protest against the death penalty and human rights breaches despite previously enduring the heavy costs,” said Iran Human Rights director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.
“The international community must condemn the unfair and unlawful sentence against Narges Mohammadi and support her calls for citizens to have basic human rights.”