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Iran sentenced Kurdish activist to over 3 years in prison, says watchdog

  2021-04-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A court in Mahabad sentences Kurdish ethnic activist Arastu Mullah Rahimi to three years, three months and 16 days in prison over charges of membership to a Kurdish opposition party in March,2020. But the sentence was revealed on April 28,2021 by Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. Photo by Hengaw – Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI –  Mahabad Revolutionary Court sentenced Kurdish ethnic activist Arastu Mullah Rahimi to over three years in prison over charges of membership to an outlawed Kurdish political party, a watchdog said on Wednesday (April 28). 

On January 23, Rahimi was arrested by the press office of the Iranian intelligence office in Mahabad upon a summons, according to Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

But he was released on bail before he was rearrested in February 2020, the watchdog said, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan. 

The Kurdish activist was tried in early March 2020, whereas he was notified about the court decree on March 27, Hengaw said, without revealing why the disclosure was not made to the public earlier.

Rahimi was sentenced over charges of membership to “Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI)" and "propaganda against the regime,” reported the watchdog. “It is worth mentioning that this civil activist has appealed against the verdict of First Instance and his case has been referred to the Court of Appeals for review.”

On April 12, Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, reported that an Iranian court sentenced two Kurdish citizens to thirteen years in prison on charges of “acting against national security” and participating in November 2019 protests.

At least 85 ethnic Kurds were arrested in West Azerbaijan and Kurdistan provinces in January in a large-scale clampdown by the Iranian authorities on dissidents, environmental, political and cultural activists, said the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, on January 30. 

On March 4, Hengaw reported that at least twenty-three Kurdish ethnic citizens were apprehended in March by the security forces in the Iranian Kurdistan on charges of political, civil activities and participation in Newroz celebrations,

At least 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists were arrested in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another watchdog.

International watchdogs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have voiced alarm regarding the state of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Iran.

(Zhyan English)