Palme Prize To Go Ahead As Planned

This year’s Olof Palme Prize will go ahead as planned in Stockholm on Thursday despite the winner being banned from attending by the Iranian government.

Parvin Ardalan, a well known women’s rights activist and journalist in Iran said she was ejected from her Sweden bound flight by Iranian agents in Tehran on Sunday.

As recently as April last year the 36 year old was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for endangering the safety of the state of Iran.She has yet to serve a sentence.

The Olof Palme Memorial Fund contacted the Swedish foreign ministry and Iranian embassy on Monday to try and get the Iranian government to reconsider its ban.

With time running out, Organisers of the Prize say that the ceremony will now go ahead in honour of Parvin Ardalan, who won the prize for her women’s rights work in Iran.