Name: Two Kurdish journalists sentenced to death in Iran

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion , Racial/Ethnic

MediumPrint Journalism

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

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