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Situation of Sentenced to Death Kurdish Prisoner is Uncertain.

The dossier of Sherko Ma'arefi, political prisoner in Saqqez prison who has been sentenced to death, is still at forgiveness and pardon committee in Sanandaj without any respond.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Sherko Ma'arefi the political prisoner in Saqqez prison who has sentenced to death by revolutionary court, is in danger of execution while he is waiting for the respond of forgiveness and pardon committee in Sanandaj to his dossier.

This political prisoner from Baneh who is 30 years old, has arrested on September 30th of 2008 and has been sentenced to death by first branch Saqqez revolutionary court on charge of enmity against God.

After he appealed his verdict, branch 4 of the appealed of the province confirmed the verdict. one year later, in October of 2009 the supreme court confirmed the death verdict and since that time Sherko Ma'arefi is in danger of the execution enforcement.

Then his dossier sent to the provincial forgiveness and pardon committee and this committee refused to respond to Ma'arefi's family till now.

Also Sherko Ma'arefi did hunger strike in protest to his uncertain situation in March of 2012 and informed the court and prison officials through a letter.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

Source : Hrana

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12 April 2012 -

Shirkoo Moarefi, a Kurdish citizen from Baneh, who is presently on death row inside Saghez Central Prison, has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday, 4 April to protest his ambiguous situation.

Prison authorities transferred Moarefi to solitary confinement after he announced his hunger strike. His lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, told Kordpa News Agency on 28 March that his client’s execution may be imminent.
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Shirkouh Mao’arefi, the 31 year-old Kurdish political prisoner from the province of Baaneh has been charged with “Moharebeh” and therefore sentenced to execution. In an open letter, his family has pleaded to the international community and human rights organizations for their immediate support in overturning his death sentence.

Mao'arefi’s family has been notified by the court that his sentence is scheduled to be carried out on 11th of Ordibehesht (May 1, 2011).

Since his arrest on October 31, 2008, Shirkouh Mo’aarefi has been kept in the Intelligence Department’s prison (maximum security) in the city of Saghez. All the while, the Campaign for the Defense of Political Prisoners in Iran has protested the continuous mistreatment and unlawful treatment of Shirkouh Mo’aarefi, and repeatedly requested assistance from local and international human rights defense organizations in efforts to save the life of this man as well as other political prisoners’.

1) We the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of Shirouh Mao'arefi and to drop all charges against him.

2) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran!

3) We demand for Shirouh Mao'arefi to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities.

The URGENT ! Free Shirkou Moa'refi petition to UN, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki Moon, Amnesty, HRW, EU members was written by Anette Meyer and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.