Monthly Archives: July 2007

Kurdish Journalist M. Adnan Hassanpour, and Kurdish Activist Hiwa Butimar Sentenced to Death In Iran

Press Release

Kurdish Journalist M. Adnan Hassanpour, and Kurdish Activist Hiwa Butimar Sentenced to Death In Iran
On July 17, 2007 two Kurdish journalists and social activists were sentenced to death for their work in Kurdish human rights and the Kurdish media. The trial had been accompanied by unconfirmed suggestions in the Iranian media that the two men – journalist Adnan Hassanpour and social activist Hiwa Butimar – were working with “banned Iranian-Kurdish groups” that oppose the Islamic government. Mr. Hassanpour’s lawyer, Dr. Saleh Nikbakhat, who was not allowed in the Islamic Revolutionary Court, told the media that he would appeal their death sentences.
Mr. Hassanpour was arrested January 25, 2007 in front of his home in his hometown of Marivan, in the province of Kurdistan of Iran. He was taken to a detention facility run by the Ministry of Intelligence in the provincial capital, Sannandaj, where he has had been held incommunicado – putting him at risk of torture or ill treatment. Since he was taken to Sannandaj in February he has not been allowed access to a defending lawyer or to his family.
Mr. Adnan Hassanpour is a former member of the editorial board of the Kurdish-Persian weekly journal Aso, which the Iranian authorities closed down in August 2005. The journal had been suspended on the orders of the Culture and Islamic Orientation Ministry, because it carried articles about the very tense situation in Iranian Kurdistan.
The Islamic Regime of Iran continues to imprison the greatest number of journalists and human rights activists in the world. The situation of journalists in the Kurdish part of Iran worsens daily.
We believe that the death sentence against Mr. Hassanpour and Mr. Boutimar is in contravention of the human rights convention and is a violation of basic rights. We strongly condemn their detention and trial at the hands of Iranian authorities. We urgently ask all human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists around the world to force the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop the execution, torture, and imprisonment of Kurdish and non-Kurdish human rights defenders and journalists in Iran.
Azad Moradian
Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran

Los Angeles, USA

818.434.9692 Date published: Saturday, July 21, 2007

We are concerned with Kaboudvand’s health, particularly his lung condition

Dear Human Rights Activist, and my Fellow Kurds,

Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand

Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand

On Sunday July 1st 2007, Iranian authorities once again arrested Kurdish human rights activist and journalist Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand.

Currently he is in Evin prison. He was taken from his home in Tehran along with many of his belongings in particular his work for the human rights’ cause. No reason has been announced for his arrest and there are no indications of a trial or a release date. His lawyers as well as his family have been kept from contacting him.

In October 2005 Mr. Muhammad Sadiq Kaboudvand was sentenced to one year in prison, along with a five-year ban on his journalistic activity and a ban on the publication of the weekly “Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdistan by the Sannandaj Criminal Court ”

As a journalist, Kaboudvand staunchly defended cultural, social, and political rights of the Kurds in “Payam-e Mardom.” Laying the foundation for the first institution for the defense of human rights (the Organization for the Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan) was a more serious step toward the establishment of civil society and the defense of the rights of Kurdish citizens in Iran.

We are concerned with Kaboudvand’s health, particularly his lung condition. Certainly, his illness will be aggravated by the unhealthy and enclosed space of prison.


Azad Moradian
Chair of Kurdish-American Committee for Democracy in Iran
Los Angeles, California,USA
+1 818.434.9692

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