Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan: Mr. Sabah Nasri and Mr. Hedayat Ghazali who were released from prison in January 2009 after 1.5 years of imprisonment have been expelled from university, due to their student activism.

After their release from prison these students applied to their respective universities, in order to be allowed to continue their education, however both universities have rejected this request and expelled these students.

Mr. Hedayat Ghazali was a psychology student in the University of “Tabatabayi” and also wrote for the student paper “Rojame”. Mr. Sabah Nasri was a political science student in Tehran University. He was also the editor of the student publication “Mazbur” which was in operation until Mr. Nasri’s arrest.

These two students were originally arrested in the city of Sanandaj. They were in pre-trial custody for 14 months and were transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison on numerous occasions.

After 5 court proceedings they were both sentenced to two years of imprisonment by Branch 13 of the Revolutionary Courts. They were convicted of “Propaganda Against the Regime” and “Participating in illegal gatherings on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day.” However on appeal their sentence was reduced to 1.5 years imprisonment and they were released on January 5th 2009.


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