Kurdish activist Mahvash Tavassoli was recently placed under a 21-month house arrest, following her involvement in the anti-government uprising of Women Life Freedom in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province, in 2022.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that on 27 August 2023, the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Piranshahr sentenced Tavassoli to 21 months’ imprisonment on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security”, to 20 months’ imprisonment for “membership in opposition groups”, and to four months in prison for “propaganda against the state”.

The 21-month prison sentence was enforceable under the Law on Consolidation of Sentences, but the court decided to replace it with 21 months of house arrest under electronic surveillance.

The court also sentenced Tavassoli’s husband, Jotyar Ashrafzadeh, to three years in prison, KHRN has learned.

Tavassoli and Ashrafzadeh were arrested on 20 October 2022 during the anti-government protests in Piranshahr and were later released on bail.