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15-year imprisonment upheld for 3 Kurdish inmates in Piranshahr

  2021-03-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The sentences of three Kurdish ethnic inmates amounting to a total fifteen years in prison was upheld by the West Azerbaijan province’s Piranshahr Court of Appeals over alleged membership to an outlawed Kurdish opposition party.

Apprehended in November 2020, Shoresh Abdullah Nejad, Najmaddin Sokhnour, and Salah Ali from the village of Girgolsofli in Piranshar each was sentenced to five years in jail in February by a court in Piranshar, according to Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan. 

On Monday, Rasoul Hamzehpour, a Kurdish Muslim preacher in Andizeh village, was arrested to serve his three-year imprisonment sentence after he had been convicted over charges "propaganda against the regime and propaganda for national and religious issues and activities on social media", according to Hengaw Organization for Human Rights Watch.

At least fourteen Kurdish civilians and activists were arrested in seven cities in the Iranian Kurdistan in February, including seven to serve their prison sentences, as well as 30 civil, religious, cultural, literary, and art activists were summoned by security forces and were released later after interrogations, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). 

Among them, Hamed Mostafaei and Nasser Valizadeh from Kermanshah and West Azerbaijan provinces were executed in Arak and Orumiyeh prisons in the same time span, said the watchdog, noting three Kurdish people and activists were sentenced by the courts to prison terms varying from 11 months to five years and one day.

Local and foreign human rights organizations and press freedom advocacies have expressed alarm about deteriorating situation of the human rights in Iran.

Since the soaring ties between US and Iran after former US President Donald Trump exited the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return to sanctions relief, the Iranian authorities have tightened the noose on labor activists, journalists, satirists, environmentalists, anti-death penalty campaigners, and researchers and arrest them in droves. 

(Zhyan English)