Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a Kurdish asylum seeker in arrested in Turkey and is in danger of deportation to Iran

Henagw : Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a former Kurdish political prisoner and political activ

09 April 2021 11:51


Henagw : Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a former Kurdish political prisoner and political activist , has been detained by Turkish security forces and is in danger of being deported to Iran.

According to a report received by Hengaw Human Rights Organization, Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a Kurdish political activist, was arrested by security forces in the Turkish city of Kayseri on Monday April 5, 2021 and transferred to the GGM camp there.

Fereshteh Tajmiri, Afshin Sohrabzadeh's wife, told Hengaw that "during my contact with Afshin, he said that the security forces had brought a deportation form for me to sign, but I refused to sign it."

An audio file of Mr. Sohrabzadeh has been received by Hengaw, saying: "I and a few other asylum seekers from Afghanistan are all being held in the same place and we have all been informed that you will be deported."

Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 31, from Kermanshah, was arrested on Monday, June 8, 2009, during protests against the results of the presidential election. After nine months of detention and torture in solitary confinement, he was later tried in a few minutes by the Second Branch of the Iranian Islamic Court and  was sentenced to death on charges of “ War against God “ through membership in a Kurdish party, which was reduced to 25 years  of imprisonment in exile after protesting.

During his seven years in prison, the Kurdish activist was held in Rajai Shahr prisons in Karaj, Evin, Tehran, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Bandar Abbas, and Minab, and in 2016, while he was on a  leave, he left his hometown for Turkey.

As this Kurdish political activist will be seriously endangered if he is deported to Iran, Hengaw human rights organization, while expressing concern over the possible deportation of Afshin Sohrabzadeh, calls on all human rights organizations to do their utmost to prevent the deportation.

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