Iran-HRM – Peyman Mirzazadeh, a Kurdish singer held at Urmia Prison in northwestern Iran, went on hunger strike on July 29, 2019 in protest to being sentenced to two years of prison and 100 lashes. His flogging sentence was carried out on Sunday.
Peyman Mirzazadeh started his hunger strike after he was flogged with 100 lashes in the 4th Branch of the Sentence Implementation Department on Sunday.
The 110th Branch of the Urmia Public Court sentenced him to two years of prison and 80 lashes for “blasphemy” and another 20 lashes for “drinking alcohol”.
Peyman Mirzazadeh was previously sentenced to two years of prison for “cooperating with a dissident group”.
In 2017, he was arrested by security forces on charges of “spreading propaganda against the state” by singing songs in support of a dissident group. He was sentenced to six months of prison and was denied the right to a lawyer.
Iran practices flogging and other internationally banned corporal punishments including amputation, stoning, and blinding.
Under Iran’s criminal laws, more than 100 offenses are punishable by flogging. Iranian courts have also sentenced some journalists or civil rights activists to be flogged over their peaceful work.
Iranian human rights activist estimate that Iranian courts issue hundreds of flogging sentences each year, and several dozen are carried out.
The regime does not consider flogging as torture and routinely issues flogging sentences for a wide range of so-called “crimes”.
Most recently a court in the city of Shahreza, in Isfahan Province, central Iran, condemned teachers’ rights activist to three years in prison and 74 lashes.
Hamid Rahmati, a member of the Isfahan Teachers Association, was sentenced to lashes and prison for holding a sit-in outside a government building in protest to the widespread arrest of teacher activists.