Baha'i poet Mahvash Sabet, who was jailed for nearly a decade in Iran, has been selected as the 2017 International Writer of Courage.

Sabet was one of seven Baha'i leaders arrested in 2008 and convicted of espionage and spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment.

She was released in September.

Baha’is face state persecution in Iran where their faith is not recognized in the country’s constitution.