Zeinab Bayazidi Sentenced to Serve Four Years in Exile

Tuesday 12 August 2008

Change for Equality: According to reports from the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, Zeynab Bayazidi, a women’s rights activist in Mahabad Kurdistan, has been sentenced to serve four years in Exile in the city of Zanjan. According to this report, Ms. Bayazidi has denied all the charges against her, except for her cooperation with the One Million Signatures Campaign. Ms. Bayazidi has submitted a letter objecting to the charges against her and the sentence issued in her case.

The Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan has further criticized the judicial proceedings with respect to this case. In particular this organization has objected to the convening of a court without the presence of a defense lawyer, and the unclear nature of the charges against this women and human’s rights defender.

Zeinab Bayzazidi was arrested a month ago on July 9, 2008 in Mahabad Kurdistan after she received a summons to appear for interrogation on July 5. Her initial interrogation on July 5 lasted several hours. She was told to return for interrogation again on Wednesday July 9, 2008. After three hours of interrogation on Wednesday, she was arrested on order of the courts and transferred to the detention center in Mahabad which is managed by the Ministry of Information and Security. This women’s rights activist remains in prison, but intends to appeal the ruling in her case.


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