Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

Hi-Tide

Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

Hi-Tide

Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

Hi-Tide

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Wins The Nobel Peace Prize

Every year on December 10th, the Chairman of the Nobel Peace Committee presents the Nobel Peace Prize to the chosen winner. This year, Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who has been a voice in the pushback against women’s oppression in Iran, has won the honorary title. The Nobel Peace Committee says Mohammadi was awarded “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.” However, she is currently imprisoned in Iran, serving a sentence of 10 years, 9 months, and 154 lashes for actions against national security and propaganda against the state. She hasn’t held her children in eight years. 

Narges Mohammadi, Iranian human rights activist and Nobel laureate.

Despite her imprisonment, the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose the activist to be this year’s winner. When asked if this choice was a way of the committee showing their disdain towards her detention, Bella Rose Uhrig, a senior, responded, “Yes…I think that such a big honor could set the United Nations into action.” Although Iran was ousted from the UN on December 14th of last year as an admonishment for curtailing women’s rights, beyond social media, there has not been much support. Nika Moradi, a senior, explained how she felt about the situation and said,“[Mohammadi’s imprisonment] shows that even if someone is in prison you cannot take away their power.” Mohammadi continues to fight, from organizing protests within the prison to releasing reports about sexual assaults. The New York Times spoke with Mohammadi, who said, “When prison drags on for many years, you have to give your life meaning within confinement and keep love alive. I have to keep my eyes on the horizon and the future even though the prison walls are tall and near and blocking my view.”

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Adelaide Geurtsen-Shoemate, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Adelaide Geurtsen-Shoemate is a sophomore at La Jolla High. She is starting her second year of Journalism as the Arts & Entertainment editor for the Hi-Tide. Last year, Adelaide enjoyed writing articles that exposed the truth and let people's voices be heard. She joined again this year to continue being involved in that outlet for people's voices. Adelaide has always had a love and appreciation for writing and enjoys it recreationally. This year Adelaide looks forward to learning many new skills in journalism including her writing and editing skills. She is excited to hunt for new stories and investigate important issues and events in the La Jolla High community.