Labor Rights Archives – Page 2 of 11 – KHRN

December 6, 2019

Kurdish Labour Activist Arrested in Sanandaj

Labour activist Jalil Mohammadi, a member of the Coordination Committee for the Establishment of Workers’ Organizations, was arrested by security forces on 3 December, local sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). Mohammadi was arrested at his workplace in Sanandaj and taken to an unknown location.  No information has been released concerning the whereabouts of the activist. Mohammadi has also been summoned and detained many times over the past few years…

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November 22, 2019

Labour Activist Arrested in Tehran

Labour activist Yashar Darulshafa, who had been sentenced to five and a half years in prison in 2010, was detained by the security forces and taken to an unknown location on 21 November, a source  the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). “About 20 security forces members raided on the house of a friend of Yashar Darulshafa and broke the door to arrest him. Darulshafa was…

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November 15, 2019

Labour Activist Summoned to Sanandaj Criminal Court

Labour activist Tawfiq Mahmoudi was summoned to Sanandaj Criminal Court Branch 4 to serve his one-year sentence recently, a source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). The Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Mahmoudi to one year in prison on 11 May which has recently been upheld by the Kurdistan Regional Court of Appeal. Mahmoudi was arrested at his workplace in Sanandaj on 9 March last year and was…

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October 27, 2019

Kurdish Activist Imprisoned in Kermanshah, Labour Activist Arrested in Sanandaj

A Kurdish activist from Javanrood was taken to Dieselabad Prison in Kermanshah on October 20 to endure his four years sentence, and a labour activist was arrested and taken to “an unknown location,”  a source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). Kurdish activist Yaser Nouri was arrested on June 22 2015 and interrogated for about three months at the Ministry of Intelligence Detention…

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October 21, 2019

Kurdish Labour Activist Arrested in Sanandaj / Another Released on Bail

Kurdish Human Rights Network has been informed that a Kurdish labour activist has been arrested on Monday Oct 14, 2019.  Faramarz Shariati from Sanandaj was arrested at his workplace by security forces on Monday Oct 14, 2019. At the time this report was published, despite frequent follow-up of Shariati’s family and their visits to the security and judicial authorities, no precise information has been provided as…

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October 5, 2019

Labour Activist Transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison

Labour activist Kamran Sakhtemangar was transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison to serve his prison term on October 3, a source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).  Earlier on Aug 29, 2019, the Sanandaj Intelligence agents went to Sakhtemangar’s home to arrest, however, he was not home at that time. The security forces seized some of his family’s personal belongings, including cell phones and…

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September 29, 2019

Activist Taken to Sanandaj Prison to Serve Jail time

A workers’ rights activist was taken to Sanandaj Central Prison on September 23 to serve his prison sentence, a source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). The prosecutor of Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced activist Khalil Karimi to one year in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state” in November last year. He was charged for having participated in May…

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September 7, 2019

Two Labour Activists Arrested in Saqqez

Two labour activists, “Seyed Ali Hosseini” and “Kamran Sakhtemangar”, were arrested by security forces in Saqqez and transferred to the Sanandaj Intelligence Bureau on Sept 4, 2019. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has obtained information that security forces detained Sayed Ali Hosseini in his private garden near the village of Saqqez, along with another labour activist known as Kamran Sakhtemangar, on September 4. The two activists…

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August 28, 2019

Teachers’ Union Activist Sentenced to 15 Months of Imprisonment in Mahabad

Yaser Amini Azar, a Kurdish teacher and Teachers’ union activist, was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mahabad. This teacher was arrested by security forces in Mahabad and transferred to Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Orumiyeh when he was returning home from school on Wednesday, May 7, 2019. He had been interrogated for a week about his guild activities…

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PUBLICATIONS

Monthly Report of May 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of April 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report

This report addresses the violations of the human rights of Kurdish civilians in Iran during the Iranian year 1402 (21 March 2023 – 19…

Monthly Report of March 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of February 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Extrajudicial executions: Ra’uf Sheikhi killing

Joint explanation of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN, or Network) and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC, or Center):…

Monthly Report of January 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Special report: 23 women killed, dozens arrested, sentenced, fired from jobs

This report details cases of femicide, suspicious deaths of women, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Kurdish women activists and their removal…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report – 2023

This 2023 report details human rights violations of the Kurds in Iran. As in previous years, the violations span across the spectrum of linguistic,…

Monthly Report of December 2023

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of November 2023

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of May 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

This report includes all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 May to 31 May.

The restrictive environment for independent human rights organisations in Iran, coupled with the pressures faced by individuals subjected to human rights violations and their families, make it difficult to publish accurate and comprehensive reports.

It is therefore important to note that the statistics and information presented in this report do not cover all cases of human rights violations. This report is the result of examining news and reports published by the KHRN and fact-checking of reports published by other human rights organisations and news websites.

Executions

According to KHRN’s findings, Iran executed at least 25 prisoners in May; two on charges of “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz), 18 on drug-related charges and five for “premeditated murder”.

Kurdish prisoners of conscience Anvar Khezri and Khosrow Besharat were the two prisoners executed on charges of “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz) in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, after 14 years in prison.

The executions took place in prisons in Orumiyeh, Kermanshah, Karaj, Esfahan, Ilam, Shiraz, Salmas, and Miandoab.

*Explanation: The KHRN, recognizing the fundamental right to life, publishes and records news and execution statistics without regard to the ethnic background of individuals and the location of the execution. All cases reported to the organisation by credible sources are published after thorough fact-checking.

Femicide

In May, two women were killed by their husbands in Sanandaj and Eyvan-e Gharb.

Shaheen Goyli was set on fire by her husband and died of her injuries on 1 May. Her husband later committed suicide.

Arezou Hassani was stabbed to death by her husband on 19 May over an alleged “family dispute”.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least six kolbars were shot dead by Iranian border guards and seven kolbars, including a 17-year-old boy, were injured.

Of the injured, four were beaten by Iranian border guards and three were shot by the border forces.

Civilian killings

In May, at least five Kurdish civilians were killed by Turkish military drones and Iranian forces.

On 1 May, Kurdish civilians Rasoul Younesi and Ahmad Heidari were killed in a Turkish military drone strike along the border between Oshnavieh and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq while collecting spring herbs.

Civilians Mohammad Ghaderi and Moein Tofighpour were shot dead by Iranian border guards on 7 and 14 May, respectively.

Additionally, on 26 May, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted a vehicle and killed an individual identified as Azhvan Kiyani. Following the incident, a group called Alay Sour issued a statement claiming that Kiyani was a member of their group and was killed during clashes with the IRGC.

Landmine explosions

In the past month, landmine explosions killed one civilian and injured three others.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout May, Iranian forces arrested at least 63 individuals, including a child, activists, imams, artists, and a former political prisoner.

At least two of the detained civilians were sent to prisons in Sanandaj and Naqadeh to serve prison sentences.

Sentences

In the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least nine people to punishments ranging from two years to 21 years in prison.

Among the convicted was journalist and women’s rights activist Zhina Modares Gorji, who was sentenced to a total of 21 years of exile imprisonment in Hamadan by Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj.

Dismissal of Kurdish teachers

Somayyeh Akhtar-Shomar and Saman Kousheshi, two Kurdish teachers from Marivan, were dismissed over alleged anti-state activities in May.

  • Executions
  • Femicide
  • Kolbars
  • Civilian killings
  • Landmine explosions
  • Detentions and arrests
  • Sentences
NameFromCharged withExecution dateExecution locationExplanation
1Anvar KhezriMahabadSpreading corruption on earth1 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in KarajExecuted after 14 years of imprisonment without the right to have a last meeting with his family
2Ali Ashraf-KhaniSarpol-e ZahabPremeditated murder1 MayDizel Abad Prison, Kermanshah45 years old, executed after 7 years of imprisonment
3Majid BaratiKuhdashtDrugs1 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in Karaj43 years old, executed after 6 years of imprisonment
4Farzad GeravandKuhdashtDrugs1 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in KarajExecuted after 6 years of imprisonment
5Khosrow BabavaladeyniSarmaj village, HarsinPremeditated murder1 MayDizel Abad Prison, Kermanshah65 years old, executed after 10 years of imprisonment
6Hossein BayazidiMiandoabDrugs5 MayEsfahan Central Prison51 years old, executed after 3 years of imprisonment
7Hassan MoharrerLerni village, OrumiyehDrugs8 MayOrumiyeh Central PrisonExecuted after 5 years of imprisonment
8Abdollah HassanzadehYangache village, OrumiyehDrugs9 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison
9Hassan ChoupaniShahrestin village, PiranshahrDrugs9 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison35 years old, executed after 4 years of imprisonment
10Hassan ArabiAnbi village, OrumiyehDrugs9 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison40 years old, executed after 6 years of imprisonment
11Taher AbdolalipourBalanj village, OrumiyehDrugs9 MayOrumiyeh Central PrisonExecuted after 5 years of imprisonment
12Farrokh Khan MohammadiGolzar-e Haddad village, IlamPremeditated murder14 MayIlam Central Prison60 years old, executed after 14 years of imprisonment
13Reza Gholam-HosseiniBan-e Ziarat village, IlamPremeditated murder14 MayIlam Central Prison21 years old, executed after one year of imprisonment
14Reza GhobadiKermanshahDrugs14 MayShiraz Central Prison
15Khosrow BesharatMahabadSpreading corruption on earth15 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in Karaj39 years old, executed after 14 years of imprisonment
16Sirouss HayatbiniKuhdashtDrugs15 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in Karaj
17Mohammad Karim FazeliKuhdashtDrugs15 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in Karaj
18Mohammad Reza RahimpourNurabadDrugs15 MayGhezel Hesar Prison in Karaj
19Nasser HajizadehSalmasDrugs18 MaySalmas Prison47-year-old father of 3 children, executed after 5 years of imprisonment
20Mansour NasseriBukanDrugs18 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison45 years old, executed after 5 years of imprisonment
21Parviz GhassemiOrumiyehDrugs18 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison35 years old, executed after 4 years of imprisonment
22Ramin LavandpourOrumiyehDrugs18 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison27 years old, executed after 4 years of imprisonment
23Yousef SaeidiOrumiyehDrugs18 MayOrumiyeh Central Prison32 years old, executed after 4 years of imprisonment
24Kaveh BashangehMahabadDrugs18 MaySalmas PrisonExecuted after 4 years of imprisonment
25Ramin SaadatMiandoabPremeditated murder18 MayMiandoab PrisonExecuted after 4 years of imprisonment
NameIncident locationIncident dateExplanation
1Shaheen GoyliSanandaj1 MaySet on fire by husband and died due to severity of her injuries. Later, husband committed suicide and died.
2Arezou HassaniEyvan-e Gharb19 MayStabbed to death by husband, the reason reported to be family disputes
NameFromIncident locationIncident dateDead/InjuredExplanation
1Hemin AhmadiSaqqezSaqqez1 MayKilledShot by border guards
2Jalal SohrabiBanehBaneh2 MayKilledShot by border guards, 40-year-old father of 2 children
3Aryan MamandiSardashtSardasht3 MayInjuredShot by border guards, 17 years old, lost sight in one eye
4Shahram SabzvariRavansarNowsud3 MayInjuredBeaten by border guards
5Ata RostampourSaqqezBaneh5 MayKilledShot by border guards, 40-year-old father of 3 children
6Salar AhmadiSardashtSardasht9 MayKilledShot by border guards, 23 years old
7Mohammad NezamiSaqqezBaneh12 MayInjuredBeaten by border guards
8Arman EhrazSaqqezBaneh12 MayInjuredBeaten by border guards
9Aryan RezapourSaqqezBaneh12 MayInjuredBeaten by border guards
10Vahed GhaderpourSaqqezBaneh16 MayKilledShot by border guards
11Pouya AbdiSardashtBaneh19 MayInjuredShot by border guards
12Mohammad DehghaniDivandarrehBaneh19 MayInjuredShot by border guards
13Sina RasoulzadehNalas, SardashtBaneh28 MayKilledShot by border guards, 19 years old
NameFromLocationDateOrganisationExplanation
1Rasoul YounesiMahabadBorder areas between Oshnavieh and Iraqi Kurdistan1 MayTurkish armyKilled by Turkish drones while collecting spring herbs
2Ahmed HeidariMahabadBorder areas between Oshnavieh and Iraqi Kurdistan1 MayTurkish armyKilled by Turkish drones while collecting spring herbs
3Mohammad GhaderiBanehNear Gouredar village7 MayIranian border guardsShot by border guards at close range and without warning
4Moein TofighpourBanehBaneh14 MayIranian border guardsHis car was targeted by border guards
NameFromLocation of incidentDate of incidentStatusExplanation
1Esmail AzouzamehOshnaviehKileh Shin heights of Oshnavieh21 MayKilledLandmine explosion while collecting spring herbs, 37-year-old father of three
2Seyyed Hadi MousaviOshnaviehKileh Shin heights of Oshnavieh21 MayInjuredLandmine explosion while collecting spring herbs
3Seyyed Hemin MousaviOshnaviehKileh Shin heights of Oshnavieh21 MayInjuredLandmine explosion while collecting spring herbs
4UnknownQasr-e ShirinAgh Dagh village25 MayInjuredLandmine explosion while doing agricultural work
NameFromDetention locationDetention dateActivityLocation held and latest status
1Ramin KarimiSanandajSanandaj1 MayLabour activistReleased after interrogation by Ministry of Intelligence
2Hossein Ali-MoradiSanandajHamadan1 MayImam and director of Ebrahim Khalilollah school of religious sciences and memorisation of the QuranArrested after being summoned to Enforcement of Judgements Office of Hamadan’s Special Clerical Court, previously sentenced to 16 months in prison
3Hesamaddin MahmoudiOshnaviehOshnavieh1 MayCivilian
4Mowloud RoustaOshnaviehOshnavieh1 MayCivilian
5Hassan RasouliOshnaviehOshnavieh1 MayCivilian
6Mobin SheikhehpourMahabadOrumieh1 May16-year-old childArrested after being summoned by Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh
7Hadi YousefpourPiranshahrPiranshahr1 MayReligious activist
8Salah GhaziOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayCivilian
9Yousef Haji-KhoshOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayMember of the Central Council of the Kurdish United Front
10Omid Rashid-PakOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayCivilian
11Fakhraddin ModarresiOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayCivilian
12Rahim RafatiOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayCivilian
13Arman EbrahimiOshnaviehOshnavieh2 MayCivilian
14Hamzeh (Bardin) JafariGilan-e GharbGilan-e Gharb3 MayArtist
15Somayyeh GhaderiPiranshahrPiranshahr6 MayCivilianReleased on 9 May from detention center of Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh on bail of 10 billion rials
16Hossein BayazidiPiranshahrPiranshahr6 MayCivilian
17Salam SoltaniPiranshahrPiranshahr6 MayCivilian
18Mohammad MoradiPiranshahrPiranshahr6 MayCivilian
19Hossein MohammadpourPiranshahrPiranshahr6 MayCivilianTaken to Naqadeh prison to serve 18 months imprisonment
20Zanko IranzadehSardashtSardasht7 MayCivilian
21Omar SharifpourSardashtSardasht7 MayCivilian
22Jamshid CharkhkarSanandajSanandaj7 MayEnvironmentalist
23Seyyed Ayoub MousaviOshnaviehOshnavieh7 MayFormer political prisonerArrested after being summoned by IRGC intelligence in Oshnavieh
24Arvin EghbaliPavehPaveh7 May
25Sohaib EghbaliPavehPaveh7 May
26Abdollah BarzegarSardashtSardasht7 MayImam of the village of Kaneh Mashkeh of Sardasht
27Haji BarzehPiranshahrPiranshahr8 MayCivil rights activist
28Ayoub RasoulzadehPiranshahrPiranshahr8 MayEnvironmentalist
29Edris HajipourBukanBukan9 MayBrother of Mohammad Hajipour, a protester killed during 2022 uprising
30Rahman KhosraviShahin DejShahin Dej9 May
31Osman AbbasiShahin DejShahin Dej9 May
32Shahram SoltaniShahin DejShahin Dej9 May
33Hemin AlizadehShahin DejShahin Dej9 May
34Hemin Ebrahim HamzehBukanBukan9 May
35Rashid RahimiBukanBukan9 May
36Shahram NanvaBukanBukan9 May
37Zaher (surname unknown)BukanBukan9 May
38Salar BeigiShahin DejShahin Dej9 MayCivilian
39Ali ShiriShahin DejShahin Dej9 MayCivilian
40Nasser MoradiShahin DejShahin Dej9 MayCivilian
41Loghman Haji-KhoshOshnaviehOshnavieh11 MayCivilian
42Susan HassanzadehBukanBukan15 MayCivil rights activist and Kurdish language teacher
43Khaled MahmoudiRavansarJavanrud17 MayCivilian
44Ebrahim NasseriBukanBukan19 MayPhilanthropistArrested after being summoned by Ministry of Intelligence
45Hazhar MahmoudiPiranshahrOshnavieh20 MayInstagram page manager
46Delshad ShadabOshnaviehOshnavieh20 MayCivil rights activist
47Baset GhaderzadehOshnaviehOshnavieh20 MayCivil rights activist
48Zaher HajipourOshnaviehOshnavieh20 MayCivil rights activist
49Sami MahmoudiOshnaviehOshnavieh20 MayCivil rights activist
50Reza BabrnezhadQuchanQuchan20 MayMember of a killed civilian’s family
51Arman MoradiDarreh Gavan village, DivandarrehSanandaj20 MayCivil rights activist and student of Razi University in KermanshahTaken to Sanandaj Central Prison to serve 5 months imprisonment
52Salah SoltaniSarokani villagePiranshahr22 MayCivilian
53Amir FeghehKhorenj villagePiranshahr22 MayCivilian
54Taher ZivehPiranshahrPiranshahr22 MayCivilian
55Ebrahim KhishkarDel village, SarvabadMarivanLate MayCivilian
56Ashkan EsmaeilnezhadGhajeri village, BukanBukan22 MayCivilianArrested due to the publication content about Raisi’s death on social networks
57Zana HassanzadehBukanBukan22 MayCivilianArrested due to the publication content about Raisi’s death on social networks
58Hemin AtashtarBukanBukanLate MayCivilian
59Omar BazghamPiranshahrPiranshahr26 MayCivilian
60Shoayb FalahiDarreh Tefi village, MarivanMarivan28 MayCivilianArrested after being summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Marivan
61Zahra NabizadehMahabadMahabad28 MayOne of the detainees of Women, Life, Freedom uprising in MahabadArrested after being summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Mahabad
62Sajjad MoradivandanAbdananAbdanan29 MayOne of the detainees of Women, Life, Freedom uprising in AbdananSummoned to Abdanan court and arrested due to posting about Raisi’s death on his Instagram page
63Hataw AkramiTakabBukan30 MayCivilianArrested after security forces raided his family home in the village of Ingije in Bukan
NameResident ofCharged withDate sentencedIssuing courtSentenceExplanation
1Mohsen (Mostafa) GhaderiPiranshahrMembership in one of the opposition Kurdish parties of the Iranian government6 MayIslamic Revolutionary Court in MahabadHis sentence of 2 years and 6 months was turned into probation
2Soleyman SalekMahabadMembership of a group or organisation with the aim of disturbing national security11 MayCriminal Court Two in Piranshahr 71 years old, 10 years of imprisonment
3Akam KhezrzadehPiranshahrMembership of a group or organisation with the aim of disturbing national security11 MayCriminal Court Two in Piranshahr 64 years old, 2 years of imprisonment
4Osman DelsouzPiranshahrMembership of a group or organisation with the aim of disturbing national security11 MayCriminal Court Two in Piranshahr 2 years imprisonment
5Hazhar DelsouzPiranshahrMembership of a group or organisation with the aim of disturbing national security11 MayCriminal Court Two in Piranshahr 2 years imprisonment
6Mashallah KaramiQorvehAssembly and collusion with the intention of committing a crime against national security, propaganda against the state20 MayBranch Two of Islamic Revolutionary Court in KarajTotal of 6 years imprisonmentFather of Mehdi Karami, who was detained during Women, Life, Freedom uprising and executed on 7 January 2023
7Mehdi MajidiBukanSupporting the Israeli government, propaganda against the state, insulting the leadershipLate MayBranch 101 of Criminal Court Two in BukanTotal of 5 years imprisonment
8Iraj MohammadzadehJavanrudPublication of lies and disturbing the public opinion21 MayBranch 101 of Criminal Court in KarajTotal of 2 years suspended imprisonmentJournalist, editor-in-chief of Dangi Hawraman weekly newspaper and director of Titr-e Gharb channel
9Zhina Modares GorjiSanandajForming an illegal group with the aim of overthrowing the regime, collaborating with hostile groups and states, propaganda against the stateLate MayBranch One of Islamic Revolutionary Court in SanandajTotal of 21 years imprisonment and exile to Hamadan PrisonJournalist and women’s rights activist and one of the detainees of the uprising of Women, Life, Freedom in Sanandaj