Kurdistan Kurdish journalist released from prison in Iran

Kurdish journalist released from prison in Iran
Iran imprisoned Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand from 2007-2017 for reporting on human rights abuse in Kurdistan. He was the editor of the banned weekly Payam-e mardom-e Kurdistan and the chair of the Tehran-based Kurdistan Human Rights Organization (RMMK).

TEHRAN, Iran (Kurdistan24) - Muhammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, was released on Friday after serving a ten-year sentence in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, the family told Kurdistan24.

Kaboudvand, born in Diwandara (Divandareh), Kurdistan Province, in the northwest of Iran, was the editor of the banned weekly Payam-e mardom-e Kurdistan and the chair of the Tehran-based Kurdistan Human Rights Organization (RMMK).

When he co-founded the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, along with other activists, Kaboudvand documented and publicized widespread human rights abuses in the Kurdish areas committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He was incarcerated in 2007 for his activities.

Last May Kaboudvand embarked on hunger strike in protest to the new accusations that were filed against him and in June, PEN International asked for his unconditional release.

Kaboudvand is an Honorary Member of Austrian PEN, PEN Català, Swedish PEN and Sydney PEN. In 2008, he was one of PEN’s emblematic cases for the Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

He is also the recipient of a Hellman/Hammett grant and the British Press Award for the international journalist of the year in 2009.

During a press briefing last April in Washington DC, an American official asked Iran to release the Kurdish prisoner Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand and other incarcerated writers and journalists.

John Kirby, then Spokesperson for the State Department told the press, "He [Kaboudvand] reported on torture in Iranian prisons, women’s rights issues, and cases of human rights abuses against Iran’s ethnic minorities," Kirby added.

Although Kurds make up 10 to 13 percent of the Iranian population, about half of political prisoners in the country are Kurds, says the United Nations.

 

Kbaoudvand, accompanied by family and friends, was released from Evin prison on Friday.

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    SteveJobs Saturday, 13 May 2017
  • These so called journalist are separatist and are being paid by barezani clone and saudi arabia, during the war between Iran and Saddam Hussein a lot of young soldiers dies by these so called journalists people (Komeleh). This is Persian if you dont like it go and live some where in turkey or north of Iraq.