An Iranian woman has been behind bars for the last year because of her efforts to stop Iran from giving youth offenders the death penalty. Public outcry is now putting pressure on Iran to release her.
Narges Mohammadi is a journalist and peaceful activist who tried to bring attention to what she saw as an injustice. Her work for human rights advocacy received a lot of attention and she won awards around the globe. All that attention landed the 44-year-old woman in jail.
Mohammadi faces up to 16 years in prison for speaking out. She's racked up a number of charges for national security-related incidents. To make matters worse for the mother of six, she's experiencing difficulty controlling the muscles in her face now, but her illness is undiagnosed.
Organizations and individuals around the world are speaking out, demanding Mohammadi's release. Amnesty International denounced the sentence as an attack on freedom. The United Nations is rallying people to peacefully protest. The media is trying to get out the word.
“Narges is innocent, and people are crying for her,” Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad told The WorldPost. “We want her to be free, and this is the only way that we can get the attention of our government and international community.”
On social media, thousands have posted photos of themselves with writing on their hands. The writing reads #freeNarges.
Source: The Huffington Post