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June 12, 2024

Iran reduces Kurdish Sunni cleric’s death penalty to imprisonment

Iran's Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of Mohammad Khezrnezhad, a Kurdish Sunni cleric arrested during the Women, Life, Freedom anti-government uprising. State news agencies reported that the sentence had been commuted to imprisonment, but the exact length of the sentence remains unknown to Khezrnezhad and his legal team. On 11 June, Nasser Atbati, the head of the West Azerbaijan Province Judiciary, told state media:...

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June 6, 2024

Brother of slain protester arrested again in Quchan

Reza Babrnezhad, the brother of Mehdi Babrnezhad, a protester killed during the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising in Quchan, Razavi Khorasan Province, has been arrested for the second time in recent weeks. Security forces arrested Babrnezhad in Quchan on 6 June, and took him to the city's prison, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. This follows his temporary release on bail from the same prison...

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June 6, 2024

Iran’s Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Kurdish Sunni cleric

Branch 41 of Iran's Supreme Court, presided over by Judge Razini, upheld the death sentence and 16-year prison term for Kurdish Sunni cleric Mohammad Khezrnezhad in early April, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. On 30 December 2023, after 14 months of detention, Branch Three of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province, presided over by Judge Reza Najafzadeh, sentenced Khezrnezhad...

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June 5, 2024

Young kolbar killed by Iran border guards in Kermanshah

Hazhir Mahmoudpour, a young kolbar from Javanrud, Kermanshah Province, was fatally shot by border guards in the border areas of Nowsud, Kermanshah Province, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. On the evening of 4 June, a group of kolbars were targeted by border guards' gunfire, leaving Mahmoudpour seriously injured. He was taken to Ghods Hospital in Paveh, Kermanshah Province, but died this morning despite...

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June 5, 2024

Father of slain protester held without legal, medical access

Kamal Lotfi, the father of Reza Lotfi, a protester killed during the anti-government uprising of Women, Life, Freedom in Dehgolan, Kurdistan Province, has been held in a state of uncertainty for 55 days without access to legal representation, medical care or contact with his family. A source who spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said: "Mr Kamal Lotfi was transferred from one of...

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June 5, 2024

Kurdish activist detained for 20 days without legal access, family visits

Susan Hassanzadeh, a civil rights activist and Kurdish language teacher, has been detained for 20 days without family visits or legal counsel in the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province. A source who spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said: "Since Ms Hassanzadeh's arrest, she has had only one brief phone call with her family, informing them that she...

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June 5, 2024

Transfer of Kurdish prisoner of conscience sparks fears of imminent execution

Kamran Sheikheh, a Kurdish prisoner of conscience sentenced to death, has been transferred for unknown reasons from Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, to Mahabad Prison in West Azerbaijan Province, raising concerns about the imminent execution of his sentence. Over the past few months, six of Sheikheh’s co-defendants, Ghassem Abasteh, Ayoub Karimi, Davoud Abdollahi, Farhad Salimi, Anvar Khezri, and Khosrow Besharat, have been executed...

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June 5, 2024

Iran border guards wound three kolbars in Kurdistan Province

Three kolbars, identified as Parviz Ghaderi, Mozaffar Asad-Rokh, and Salah (surname unknown), have been wounded in recent days by gunfire from border guards in the border areas of Baneh, Sarvabad and Marivan in Kurdistan Province, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. On 4 June, Ghaderi, a 29-year-old kolbar from Saqqez, was shot and seriously wounded by three bullets in the leg in the...

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June 3, 2024

Security forces arrest six Kurdish civilians, whereabouts unknown

Security forces have recently arrested at least six Kurdish civilians in Bukan, Tehran, Oshnavieh, Sardasht, Piranshahr and Ilam, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Hataw Akrami, a Kurdish woman, was arrested by security forces on 30 May in the village of Yengijeh in Bukan, West Azerbaijan Province, and taken to an undisclosed location. Akrami, who had been living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq...

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