Dana Lanjabadi, a Kurdish student activist who was released from prison last September, has been deprived of the right to continue his higher education, although he has already paid the tuition fees for the on-going semester.

He was to resume his studies at the Payam-e-Noor University in the city of Mariwan after release form prison. However, the Iranian authorities did not allow him to return to university, a local source told Kurdistan Human-Rights Network (KHRN).

The source said that the Revolutionary Court and the Disciplinary Committee of the university did not dare to intervene in the case because the Iranian intelligence agency had taken the decision to ban him from the university after his release.

Iranian security forces arrested Lanjabadi on 25 January 2014 in the city of Mariwan for participation in a demonstration that protested against the execution of three Kurdish political activists.

He was charged with “propaganda against the state” by the Revolutionary Court of Mariwan and sentenced to one year in prison.

Photo: The Kurdish student’s choice of semester credits

Photo: The Kurdish student’s choice of semester credits

He was also sentenced to eight more months in prison and 50 lashes for “disturbing public order”.

After serving his entire term of one year and eight months behind bars for two charges, he finally “received” his 50 lashes on 17 September 2015 at the Revolutionary Court of Mariwan.