Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kurdish teacher tortured and sentenced to death

Human Rights Watch has condemned the death sentence of Kurdish teacher Farzad Kamangar, and on Wednesday appealed to Iran’s judiciary to revoke it.

Kamangar was arrested in Tehran in 2006 and held in various detention centers including the notorious Evin prison, where he claims that he was tortured to such an extent that he had to receive medical attention.

He was sentenced on charges of “endangering national security,” with the prosecution claiming that he is a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to his layer, he was tried without the presence of a jury.

“Farzad Kamangar’s case highlights how human rights abuses have become routine in Iran,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Kamangar was tortured, subjected to unfair trial and now faces execution.”

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