Kurdish women’s Rights Activist Sentenced to Five Years of Suspended Imprisonment

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Kurdish Woman women’s rights activist Hajar Saeedi was officially served with the notice of a five-year suspended sentence issued by the Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj, headed by Judge Saeedi.

The verdict states that Ms Saeedi was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on charges of “acting against national security” through membership in the Communist Party of Iran (Komala), as well as participating in illegal gatherings and associating with labour activists. The enforcement of her imprisonment sentence has been suspended for 4 years during which she must report to the Sanandaj Intelligence Office once every four months.

Upon being notified of the above-mentioned charges, Hajar Saeedi strongly denied her membership in Komala during her detention. She also denied the charges in her trial on August 6,2020, during which she was not represented by a lawyer while stating that participating in street rallies was one of her citizenship rights.

Hajar Saeedi was arrested by security forces in Sanandaj on June 9 but she was released on bail after 18 days. She was summoned and interrogated on the eve of International Workers’ Day in May this year. She was also arrested in September 2016 along with a number of other Sanandaj activists on charges of “disrupting public order” for holding a memorial service for Sharif Bajur and other environmental activists who died in a fire in one of the forests of Marivan.