“Narges Mohammadi informed her family that she had started a hunger strike a few hours ago. We are concerned about her health,” her relatives said in a statement.
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The campaign for Mohammadia’s release said the jailed woman and her lawyer had been pushing for weeks to have her transferred to a specialist hospital for heart and lung care. She did not specify what problems Mohammadí was suffering from, but described that an echocardiographic examination of her heart was performed.
Iranian state media did not immediately confirm that Mohammadi had started a hunger strike.
Fifty-one-year-old Mohammadi continues her protest activities despite numerous arrests and years spent behind bars.
She remained a leading figure in the nationwide women-led protests sparked by last year’s death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Aminí. She died in custody last September after being arrested by morality police allegedly for wearing a hijab, the headscarf that women in Iran have been required to wear in public since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, too loosely.
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The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in October that this year’s prize, won by Mohammadi, was also a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who demonstrated last year against Iran’s theocratic regime, which discriminates against and oppresses women. At the same time, he called for her release. A number of Western politicians joined the call.
“The Iranian regime arrested her thirteen times, found her guilty five times and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. Narges Mohammadi is still in prison,” the committee said when announcing the laureate.
In a statement published by The New York Times in October, Mohammadi vowed to stay in Iran and continue her activism, even if it meant spending the rest of her life in prison.
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