The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is underway in Oslo City Hall, but one chair on the stage remains empty: Iranian activist laureate Narges Mohammadi is in prison in Iran. The twin children, Kiana and Ali, 17, are present and will be the ones to collect the award and read the acceptance speech written by their mother.
Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi, currently detained in her country, began a new hunger strike today, the day she will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Mohammadi, who is particularly vocal in her opposition to compulsory hijabs and the death penalty in Iran, will begin a hunger strike "in solidarity with the Bahai religious minority," her brother and husband announced at a press conference in the Norwegian capital on the eve of the Nobel ceremony.
Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have prevented the parents and brother of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, the young Kurdish-Iranian woman who died last year while in the custody of the morality police for wearing her headscarf incorrectly, from leaving for Paris to receive the Sakharov Prize. The prize was awarded posthumously to the young victim. The family's lawyer in France told AFP. "Family members were banned from boarding the flight that would take them to France despite having visas," said Chirinne Ardakani. "Their passports were confiscated," he added.
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