Narges Mohammadi was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her fight for Iranian women.
“We condemn this biased political act,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement.
Mohammadi was sentenced to many years in prison in Iran because of his struggle for democracy and women’s rights and against keeping political prisoners in detention without trial.
Nasser Al-Kinani said: “We point out that the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to a person who was convicted of repeated crimes and committed criminal acts.”
Mohammadi is currently imprisoned in Evin Prison in the Iranian capital, Tehran. There, prisoners are regularly subjected to torture, long-term isolation, beatings and are denied medical care, according to Amnesty International, among others.
Joe Biden calls on Iran to release Narges Mohammadi immediately.
“This award is recognition that the world continues to hear Narges Mohammadi’s clear voice calling for freedom and equality,” he said in a statement.
“I call on the Iranian government to immediately release her and her fellow equality activists from captivity.”
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