Baha'i poet Mahvash Sabet, who was jailed for nearly a decade in Iran, has been selected as the 2017 International Writer of Courage.
Northern Ireland poet Michael Longley named Sabet at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library in London on October 10. Longley won the prize earlier this year.
Sabet was arrested in 2008 and was released in September.
Baha’is face state persecution in Iran where their faith is not recognized in the country’s constitution. (Farda radio - October 10, 2017)