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Prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi released from prison

Paris-Geneva, October 9, 2020 – Human rights defender Narges Mohammadi was released from Zanjan prison in the early hours of October 8,2020, after her prison sentence was reduced. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) welcomes this long-awaited release and calls on the Iranian authorities to release all other human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in the country.

At approximately 3:00am on October 8, 2020, Ms. Narges Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Iranian NGO Defenders of Human RightsCentre (DHRC), was released from Zanjan prison, Zanjan Province, after the reduction of her prison sentence. According to the Head of Zanjan ProvinceJustice Department, Ms. Mohammadi benefited from the Law for CommutingCustodial Prison Sentences, passed in May 2020 that reduced her sentence from10 to eight and a half years in prison.

“We are relieved to learn about the release of Narges Mohammadi, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been spreading in Iranian prisons and has threatened the lives of incarcerated human rights defenders”, declared Alice Mogwe, FIDH President and Karim Lahidji, FIDH HonoraryPresident.

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