Teenage jailed Narges Mohammadi accept her Nobel Prize.
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Teenage jailed Narges Mohammadi accept her Nobel Prize.

Narges Mohammadi’s teenage twins have accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf.

As a woman fighting against the oppression of women in Iran, Ms Mohammadi is serving a 10-year prison term in Tehran.

Her children read out a speech she smuggled from prison denouncing Iran’s “tyrannical” government.

The Iranian people will overcome repression and authoritarianism with perseverance, she said.

In addition to the literature, science, and economics Nobel prizes, the peace prize was awarded in Oslo on Sunday.

Iranian human rights activist Ms Mohammadi has been active for years. In total, the 51-year-old has been arrested 13 times, convicted five times, and sentenced to 31 years in prison since 2010.

Currently, she is in jail for “spreading propaganda”.

She hasn’t seen her husband in years, political activist Taghi Rahmani, who lives in exile in Paris with their two children.

Kiana and Ali Rahmani, Ms Mohammadi’s 17-year-old children, delivered a speech smuggled out of Iran in French: “I write this message from behind the high, cold walls of a prison.”

In reference to the protests that began last year following the death of Mahsa Amini, she praised young Iranians who have transformed the streets and public spaces into places of widespread civil resistance.

Resistance and nonviolence are our best strategies – it is the same difficult path Iranians have walked until today, thanks to their historical consciousness and collective will.”

A ceremony attended by several hundred guests in Oslo’s City Hall marked the twins’ collection of the prize, which includes a check for 11 million Swedish crowns (about £837,000, or $1m).

An empty chair was placed between her children on the podium in order to mark her absence.