Kurdish civil rights activist Moslem Saeidpour has been sentenced to one year in prison by Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on charges of “propaganda against the state”.

The sentence, which is suspended for one year, was handed down to the activist on 30 April.

Last year, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Sanandaj summoned Saeidpour for organising Newroz (also known as Nowruz in Persian) in the village of Hassan Abad in Sanandaj, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

His trial was held on 16 April in Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Saeidi.

Security forces arrested Saeidpour twice, in 2017 and 2018, for participating in a protest rally in support of the referendum held for the independence of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and for participating in a strike to protest the execution of Ramin Hossein-Panahi, Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi.