Iranian authorities have allegedly lifted the death sentence imposed on Kurdish woman activist Zeyneb Jalalian.
Jalalian’s lawyer Dr. Mihemed Serif stated that Iranian authorities had after a long-standing silence turned the death sentence into imprisonment.
1982-born Zeyneb Jalalian was arrested in mid-2008 in Kirmasan city. On 14 January 2009, a Revolutionary Court sentenced her to death with charges of cooperation with the PKK and combatants. Jalalian was tried without the presence of her chosen lawyer, and her court session reportedly lasted only seven minutes. Jalalian has been held at Kirmasan prison since then.
Kurdish women’s organizations and international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have so far launched many campaigns for the lifting of Jalalian’s death sentence and the release of Kurdish political prisoners.
The Iranian regime has on 4 October secretly executed a Kurdish political prisoner named Eziz Xakzad, although his sentence had been reduced to five years and his family and his lawyer weren’t informed of the execution.
The number of Kurdish political prisoners executed by the Iranian regime since 2007 rose to 10. Among the recently executed prisoners are Iran’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) member Ferhad Tarim who was hanged in Urmiye prison on 27 January 2011 and Hüseyin Xizri whose secret execution in Urmiye prison on January 5 was exposed on January 15.
Among other hanged political prisoners are PJAK militant Hasan Himet Demir who was executed in 2007, İhsan Fetahiyan who died on 11 November 2009, Fesih Yasemini on 6 January 2010 and Kurdish teachers Ferzad Kemanger, Ferhad Wekili, Eli Heyderiyan and Şirin Elem Hulu who were hanged on 9 May 2010.
Separately, 17 Kurdish political prisoners in Iranian prisons are still under execution threat: Şêrko Mearifî, Hebîbûlla Letîfî, Samî Husênî, Cemal Mihemedî, Rustem Erkiya, Mistefa Selîmî, Enwer Rostemî, Îrec Mihemedî, Mihemed Emîn Agûşî, Ehmed Pûladxanî, Hesen Tale’î, Ezîz Mihemedizade, Hebibulla Gulperîpûr, Ebdûlah Sirurî, Reşîd Axkendî, Loqman Muradi and Zanyar Muradi.