Several political and civil activists who visited Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s family were arrested by the Sanandaj Ministry of Intelligence.
According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Mohammad Nourizad, Hossein Mousavi, Amir Alimoradi, Roozbeh Akradi, Houraj Farajzadeh, Dawood Farhadpour and his wife, and Farideh Moradkhani are among those who visited Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s family on May 29th, 2018. When they were leaving the village of Ghroochai (Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s hometown), they were arrested by Sanandaj Ministry of Intelligence.
On Saturday, May 19th, 2018, the security authorities in Sanandaj Central Prison, told Ramin Hosseinpanahi that “he will be executed after Ramadan.”
Ramin Hosseinpanahi, a political activist, was arrested on June 23th, 2018, and transferred to the Sanandaj Central Prison after 200 days of solitary confinement after going through extreme physical and mental torture. Ramin was sentenced to death on January 15th, 2018, in Sanandaj Revolutionary Court Branch One. The verdict was reaffirmed on April 11th, 2018, at Branch 39 of the Supreme Court in Qom.
Ramin Hosseinpanahi ‘s death sentence was issued even though he denied all the alleged charges, such as participation in the armed conflict. The lawyer of the Kurdish political prisoner also considered the sentence unexpected and unjust.
Following the announcement of Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s death sentence, a new wave of protest was formed inside and outside Iran. A wide range of Kurdish organizations, including the Center of Kurdish Parties Alliance, different populist clubs, civil and political citizens centers, educational group, writers, artists, various social institutions, poets, marketers, guilds, ex-representatives of various parliamentary time, cultural activists, The Iranian Democratic Council, and dozens of other political and civil organizations, issued various statements and announcements in Kurdistan, Iran, and in some provincial cities and towns in Europe and Canada. They have protested, condemning Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s death sentence and other execution sentences of people of different religions, political and civil prisoners in Iran. They also announced their support for Ramin Hosseinpanahi.
On Friday, May 18th, 2018, Hosseinpanahi’s family, called on all people and human rights organizations to double their humanitarian and universal efforts to repeal Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s death sentence.