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Today, December 10, International Human Rights Day, Narges Mohammadi joined the hunger strike of two women of the outlawed Baha’I religion in Evin Prison. As is so often the case, Narges’ statement on Instagram does not mention her prize or the pain of separation from her family, but rather than situation of others in Iran:

“International Human Rights Day… Few are the days that we do not hear the news of the execution of our countrymen in different cities. Fewer are the days that we do not hear the cries of mothers and fathers of justice, prisoners, arrested, tortured, imprisoned in solitary cells of security forces, the oppressed and the oppressed women. Of course, fewer are the days that the cries of freedom and justice, resistance and civil struggles of the people will not be heard in this vast land…

“In such a situation, the repression and the acts of the government's angry practices against the Baha'i community have intensified. Inevitably, two of the Baha'i oppressed women have started a three-day hunger strike after 10 years in prison and facing another 10 years in prison, protesting Iran's Baha'i civil rights violation.”

Her husband, activist Taghi Rahmani, reported, "She said, 'I will start my hunger strike on the day that I am being granted this prize, perhaps then the world will hear more about it'."

Meanwhile, members of the family of Jina Mahsa Amini (whose death in custody of morality police sparked the 5-month Woman, Life, Freedom uprising) were stopped by the government officials as they were to board a plane to France to receive the Sakharov Prize, Europe’s top human rights award, on her behalf. Their passports were confiscated in spite of having a valid visa to travel.