Kurdish Civil Activist Facing five Years Behind Bars in Iran

Sahar Kazemi, a Kurdish civil activist, and environmentalist, was sentenced to five years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj.
The Kurdish activist has appealed the verdict.
Simultaneous with the five years of imprisonment sentence for civil activist Sahar Kazemi, her husband, Madeh Fat’hi, was released after three months in prison with a bail of 100 million tomans.

Sahar Kazemi, a Kurdish environmental and civil activist and sports coach from Sanandaj, capital city of Kurdistan province, western Iran.

Over the past two years, she had been summoned several times to the Intelligence Department of Sanandaj where she was interrogated.
Kazemi was arrested on August 9, 2018, by the Ministry of Intelligence at her home.
She was temporarily released on November 24, 2018, but was arrested again on Sunday, December 2, 2018, after going to the Justice Department of Sanandaj.

Sahar Kazemi’s husband, Madeh Fat’hi, was arrested last autumn and held for three months in a solitary cell in the detention center of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj.

Dozens of environmental activists have been arrested since February 2018 in Iran amid a crackdown on environmentalists.

Among the environmentalists arrested in recent months were seven members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Organisation.

Its head, a well-known environmentalist and professor arrested as part of this crackdown, reported he had died in detention under unknown circumstances. Iranian authorities have claimed Seyed Emami committed suicide, but they have not conducted an impartial investigation into his death.

Morad Tahbaz, Niloufar Bayani, Houman Jokar, Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi, Sam Rajabi, Taher Ghadirian and Hamideh Kashani-Doust are among other activists still in jail.

Iran is suffering from a range of extreme environmental problems, including world-beating levels of air pollution and years of drought that have devastated swathes of its agricultural land.

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