August 9, 2008
Sanandaj (Sina), Iranian Kurdistan, —
Two Kurdish activists have been condemned to death
in a closed court hearing in the Iranian Kurdish
city of Sanandaj.
The activists, Anwar Hossein Panahi and Arsalan
both teachers, were
found guilty of collaborating with organisations
considered illegal by Iranian authorities.
A total of seven Kurdish activists have been
sentenced to death for the same reason, including
the two journalists, Hiwa Boutimar and Adnan
In a report released last week the human rights
organisation, Amnesty International
about the increased repression of Kurdish Iranians,
particularly human rights defenders.
The report cited examples of religious and cultural
discrimination against the estimated 12 million
Kurds who live in Iran.
“We urge the Iranian authorities to take concrete
measures to end any discrimination and associated
human rights violations that Kurds, indeed all
minorities in Iran, face,” Amnesty said in its
“Kurds and all other members of minority communities
in Iran, men, women and children, are entitled to
enjoy their full range of human rights.”
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