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Iranian Lawmakers Call For Release Of Activist Narges Mohammadi

Source: RFE/RL

A group of Iranian lawmakers have written an open letter to the head of the judiciary calling for the release of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist who is serving a lengthy prison sentence.

Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi

Mohammadi was arrested last year after launching a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran.

She was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May for founding the movement, which was deemed to be an illegal splinter group.

In the letter published on October 16, the lawmakers called on Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the head of the judiciary, "to apply the clemency and mercy of the Islamic republic" and reunite her with her children.

The lawmakers also mentioned Mohammadi's deteriorating health.

Open letter by the Iranian lawmakers

Among the signatories of the letter were parliamentary Vice President Ali Motahari and several female lawmakers.

The European Union in a statement last month said Mohammadi's imprisonment "sends a worrying signal about the human rights situation" in Iran.

Based on reporting by ILNA and AFP

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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