The Iranian judiciary has handed death sentences to two Kurdish political prisoners in Mahabad.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran quoted an informed local source saying Ebrahim Issapour and Sirvan Nejavi, who were arrested last July, have been sentenced to death for the charge of “enmity against God.”
The report indicates that their sentence has been appealed and sent to the Supreme Court.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur’s report from October 2011, 15 Kurdish activists have been reported to be on death row in Iran for charges relating to national security threats and spying.
In recent years, at least eight Kurdish political prisoners were hanged by the Iranian judiciary, including Ali Keydari, Farhad Vakili, Ehsan Fatahian, Farzad Kamanfar and Shrin Alam Holi.
According to Amnesty International, in 2011 at least 360 people were executed in Iran and 156 others were sentenced to death. According to Ahmad Shaheed’s report for the United Nations, executions in Iran have been on the rise since 2003.