Status: 10.12.2023, 14:16 PM
Ali (right) and Kiana Rahmani (center) hold out the medal and certificate during the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall. Ali and Kiana accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of their imprisoned mother. © Fredrik Varfjell/NTB/dpa
Symbolically, there was an empty chair on the stage of Oslo City Hall, because the laureate is in an Iranian prison.
Oslo - Iran's Narges Mohammadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday. On behalf of the 51-year-old, who is in prison in her home country, her children Kiana and Ali Rahmani accepted the award at Oslo City Hall. The 17-year-old twins read their mother's speech, which she had written in the notorious Evin prison. For Mohammadi, there was symbolically an empty chair on stage.
Narges Mohammadi on a photo from 2007. © Vahid Salemi/AP/dpa
The Norwegian Nobel Committee had awarded Mohammadi the prize at the beginning of October "for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight for the promotion of human rights and freedom for all". On Saturday, the human rights activist said on her Instagram page, which acquaintances abroad maintain for her, that she had gone on a three-day hunger strike. "On the day of the Nobel Prize ceremony, I want to be the voice of Iranians protesting against injustice and oppression," the 51-year-old wrote.
The Nobel Prizes are awarded to the Swedish chemist, inventor and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel (1833 to 1896) and are traditionally awarded on the anniversary of his death, 10 December - the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, the other awards in Stockholm. This year, each category of the award is endowed with prize money of eleven million Swedish kronor (almost 980,000 euros). Dpa