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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