In a letter smuggled out from Tehran’s Evin prison, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi vowed to continue her fight for human rights even if it leads to her death.
“Imprisonment, psychological torture, constant solitary confinement, sentence after sentence; that hasn’t and is not going to stop me,” she wrote in the letter published by Swedish public broadcaster SVT on December 4, according to Reuters news agency.
“I am going to stand up for freedom and equality even if it costs me my life,” she also wrote.
SVT said the letter was written in reply to questions that had been smuggled into the prison via intermediaries.
In the brief comments published by SVT, the activist said she missed her children, Kiana and Ali Rahman, the most.
“It has been more than eight years since I saw them,” Mohammadi wrote.
Kiana, 17, told SVT that the family had not had any direct contact with Mohammadi for a year and nine months.
“Before that we would occasionally speak on the telephone, but that has stopped,” she said.
Mohammadi is serving multiple sentences in Evin prison on charges including spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic.
Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October for keeping up her fight against the “oppression of women” in her country despite spending years behind bars.
Her children will attend the Nobel Peace award ceremony in Oslo on December 10, according to the Nobel Foundation.
The two will receive Mohammadi’s diploma and gold medal at Oslo’s City Hall and give the Nobel Prize lecture on behalf of their mother.