Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, has sentenced Srwa Pour-Mohammadi and Edris Menbari, two members of the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association, to ten years in prison.

The activists were charged with “forming or participating in groups or associations with the aim of undermining national security”, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

The verdict was notified to the activists’ lawyers on 26 October.

Menbari was also sentenced in absentia by Branch 106 of Sanandaj Criminal Court Two to one year’s exile in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, and 40 lashes in a separate case earlier this year for “disturbing public order”.

Menbari was arrested by security forces in Sanandaj on 28 November 2022.

Pour-Mohammadi was arrested on 29 January while following up the cases of some other detained members of the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association at the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj.

Menbari and Pour-Mohammadi were released on bail after the conclusion of their interrogations on 29 January and 13 February, respectively.