Iran: Civil Activist Facing Five Years Behind Bars

Iran: Civil Activist Facing Five Years Behind Bars

Published by on February 18, 2019

Sahar Kazemi, a Kurdish civil activist, and environmentalist, was sentenced to five years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj.

Sahar Kazemi is a Kurdish environmental and civil activist and sports coach from Sanandaj capital city of Kurdistan province, western Iran.

Over the past two years, she had been summoned several times to the Intelligence Office in Sanandaj city and has been interrogated.

Kazemi was arrested on 9 August, 2018, by the Ministry of Intelligence at her home.

She was temporarily released on 24November, 2018, but was arrested again on Sunday, 2 December, 2018, after going to the Justice Department of Sanandaj.

Dozens of environmental activists have been arrested since February 2018 in Iran.

We have reported earlier that seven members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Organisation were arrested along with dozens of environmental activists in 2018.

Iran is suffering from a range of extreme environmental problems, including world-beating levels of air pollution and mismanagement of water for agricultural land which has severely affected farmers.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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