In a statement and audio message, Sadr says that she is dedicating the award to Nazar Ahari because “her courage has been exceptional and deserving of worldwide recognition.”
The award ceremony is due to take place later today at the U.S. State Department where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will present the awards.
Sadr, who has been jailed in Iran for her human rights activities, says that she decided not to attend the ceremony with the hope that her absence will turn the attention of the international community to the “dire situation” of Nazar Ahari:
Nazar Ahari was arrested shortly after last year’s disputed presidential vote. She was released on bail (for a exorbitant sum) after spending more than three months in jail. She was arrested again in December and has reportedly been under pressure to make a false confession and admit to being a "mohareb."
Here is a link to a December video interview with Nazar Ahari in Farsi.