Kurdish teacher in Rojhilat sentenced to 11 years in prison

In Rojhilat, a Kurdish teacher was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “crimes against national security.”

In Rojhilat, a Kurdish teacher was sentenced to 11 years in prison. A revolutionary court in Sine, Sanandaj sentenced Seyvan Ebrahimi for alleged crimes against national security, the France-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) reported.

The first-instance verdict against Ebrahimi consisted of two individual sentences, joined into one. The teacher received a ten-year prison sentence for “forming a group with the aim of disrupting national security.” The court imposed another year in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state.” The verdict can be appealed.

Seyvan Ebrahimi is a member of the board of the socio-cultural organization Nojîn (also Nozhin) in Sine. The association offers lessons in Kurdish literature and language and promotes other civil society and educational initiatives, especially in remote regions without schools. In this way, disadvantaged children also receive an elementary education that will help them on their future path in life.

At the beginning of the year, Ebrahimi was temporarily arrested twice because his activities contribute to strengthening Kurdish society, which is marginalized and oppressed by the Iranian central government. In one case, Ebrahimi's imprisonment was linked to initiatives for the release of his wife Zara (Zahra) Mohammadi, who was still imprisoned at the time.