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Iran arrested 33 Kurdish women activists in 2020: Watchdog

  2021-03-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Getty Images
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iranian security forces have arrested at least 33 Kurdish women activists in the last year, said a human rights watchdog on the International Women’s Day (March 8).

At least eleven of the women activists were subjected to lashes and sentenced to prison on charges of having links to the Kurdish opposition parties, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said.

According to the watchdog, fifteen of the activists were arrested for conducting political activities, thirteen for civil activities, and five for religious activities.

“Women activists have experienced a very difficult situation in Iranian Kurdistan over the past year,” it added

“At least 11 Kurdish women activists were sentenced by the Iranian judiciary to a total of 52 years and six months in prison and 30 lashes.”

Hengaw said 29 of the activists were from the three cities of Sanandaj, Kermanshah, and Urmia.

(Zhyan English)