Kurdish environmentalist sentenced to two-year-imprisonment by Iranian authorities in Marivan

Kurdish environmentalist and civil activist Amanj Nikpay (File Photo Provided by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdish environmentalist and civil activist Amanj Nikpay was sentenced to two years in prison in recent days by the Islamic Iranian Revolutionary Court on charges of membership to a banned Kurdish opposition party in Marivan district in Iran’s Kurdistan province, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Sunday (November 29).

Hengaw, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, said that Nikpay was an active member of Green Chia Environmental Association in Marivan.

He was convicted on charges “of collaborating with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI)”, according to the watchdog.

“Amanj Nikopay was detained by IRGC intelligence forces in Marivan on January 15, 2019, and transferred to the Sanandaj IRGC intelligence detention center,” the Kurdish watchdog said, noting that he was released on a bail of 400 million Tomans ($16,000) on March 9, 2020, after two months of detention, pending his trial at the court.

Nikpay was arrested by the Iranian authorities in Marivan on November 18, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

On Saturday, the watchdog reported that Farzad Hosseini, a Kurdish ethnic citizen from Diuznav village in Sarvabad in the Kurdistan province, had been sentenced by First Branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj to five-year-suspended imprisonment and five months in prison on charges of collaborating with the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).

On November 1, the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another Kurdish watchdog, said that 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists had been arbitrarily apprehended without court orders and were subjected to beatings and torture since the beginning of 2020.

Some 29 women and 30 men committed suicide due to increased poverty, joblessness, domestic violence, inequality and gender-based violence, according to the KMMK.

Iran has tense relations with its minorities, including Arabs, Kurds, Azeris and Baluch, and has accused them of aligning with neighboring countries and US against the theocratic authority.

(NRT Digital Media)