Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi’s Release Refused by Security Officials Despite Court Orders

Sunday 16 May 2010

Change for Equality: Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, Campaign activist, women and human rights defender who was arrested on February 3, 2010, remains in prison despite promises by officials to release him. According to a report by the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Kaveh was due to be released on Sunday May 9. The courts had issues a bail order for his release and his family had posted bail. Despite this, officials from the Ministry of Intelligence who manage the prison in Kermanshah have refused to release him. Officials at the prison explained that the Ministry of Intelligence has opposed the release of Kermanshahi and have postponed his release to a later date. Kermanshahi was arrested over 100 days ago and has suffered a decline in health due to poor conditions in prison. Kermanshahi is a human rights activist and a member of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan as well as a women’s rights activist involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign. He was arrested in place of residence on February 3, 2010.


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