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

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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