Artist: Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed Hiva Botimar
Confronting Bodies: Sanandaj's Tribunal of Revolution
Date of Action: July 2007
Specific Location: Kurdistan, a province of Iran
Description of Artwork: Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed Hiva Botimar were journalists known for writing articles and books on the subject of Kurdish discrimination in Iran.
Description of Incident: Hassanpour and Hiva were brought before a revolutionary court on charges of spying and subverting national security in articles they had written. They were also linked to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, a Kurdish rebel group. Iran is bound by a treaty with Turkey to crack down on Kurdish rebel groups.
Results of Incident: The court sentenced the journalists to be hanged as enemies of God. The execution of journalists is rare in Iran, but currently a number of journalists are being held in Iranian prisons.
Source: Yahoo News
Submitted By: NCAC