The lawyer of Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Iranian activist who won the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, says he was prevented from meeting with his client because she refused to wear a head covering.
“Today, I went to [Terhran’s] Evin prison to meet with Mrs. Narges Mohammadi,” Mustafa Nili wrote on the social media platform X.
“After waiting for a while in the meeting hall, I was informed that the prison authorities would not allow the meeting to take place because Mrs. Mohammadi had not complied with the mandatory headscarf and hijab rules,” Nili added. “As a result, I left the prison without having the meeting.”
Mohammadi, who was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last week for her fight against the “oppression of women” in her country, has repeatedly stated her opposition to the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.
Mohammadi has been imprisoned multiple times over the past decade for her civil rights activities. She was most recently arrested in 2022 and sentenced to 10 years 9 months in prison on fabricated charges.
From Evin prison, the outspoken activist has published numerous letters protesting prison conditions and violence against inmates.