Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2023 to Narges Mohammadi for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.

This year’s peace prize also recognises the hundreds of thousands of people who, in the preceding year, have demonstrated against Iran’s theocratic regime’s policies of discrimination and oppression targeting women. The motto adopted by the demonstrators – “Woman – Life – Freedom” – suitably expresses the dedication and work of Narges Mohammadi.

Three Iranians have been nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, according to unofficial sources and those who nominated them.

Masih Alinejad, a prominent Iranian activist, has been nominated for her steadfast commitment «to fighting for freedom of expression, democracy, and women’s rights in Iran”. Alinejad garnered global attention when Iran’s Intelligence Ministry’s attempted abduction of an Iranian American journalist was exposed by US authorities in July 2021.

Narges Mohammadi, an imprisoned Iranian human rights activist, has also secured a nomination for her pivotal role in representing the aspirations of countless courageous Iranians. She is recognized as representing hundreds of thousands of brave Iranians, women and men, who are willing to risk everything to bring peace and freedom back in Iran.

Jafar Panahi, a distinguished Iranian film director and screenwriter associated with the Iranian New Wave film movement, has been nominated for his efforts to convey the societal challenges that affect the lives of ordinary Iranians in their everyday lives.

The international peace prize, established in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s will, is scheduled to be revealed in Oslo, Norway, in October 2023, with the award ceremony set for December 10.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee disclosed that they received a total of 305 official candidates for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, comprising 212 individuals and 93 organizations. While nominations remain confidential, certain Norwegian parliamentarians and academics are permitted to publicly announce their preferred candidates to generate awareness for both the nominee and the nominator, writes Iran International.

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