Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (19 May) on the sentence announced yesterday against Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi:
I am profoundly shocked by the news that Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Narges Mohammadi has been working peacefully and tirelessly for many years to improve the human rights situation in Iran and in particular to bring about the gradual abolition of the death penalty. This work has now proved to be her downfall.
No one should be arrested or sentenced because of their political or civil commitment or for expressing their opinion.
I call on the Iranian judiciary to ensure that Narges Mohammadi receives justice and to quash the verdict immediately. In view of her extremely poor health, she should be released from prison at once.
Iran must finally meet its obligations under international law and respect its citizens’ rights.