Zahra Mohammadi is the director and a founding member of the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association, which was established in 2011 and certified by the Iranian Ministry of Interior in 2013.

The association raises awareness of the legal and cultural rights ethnic groups are entitled to exercise in Iran and has been active in promoting cultural education through the organisation and holding of Kurdish language classes in various cities in the region. The association also educates people on environmental protection.

On the 2ed of January, the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association, which is headed by Ms Mohammadi, published a post on their Instagram account and wrote: “After many efforts to overturn Zahra Mohammadi’s unjust sentence in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and with appeals for the application of Article 477, unfortunately, the sentence was once again imposed by the Chief Justice of Iranian regime court and sent to the Enforcement of Judgments Office of Kurdistan province.”

On the 6th of January 2022 supreme Court confirms woman human rights defender Zahra Mohammadi’s prison sentence

The five-year prison sentence of the Kurdish language teacher Zahra (also Zara) Mohammadi has been upheld. The ruling came after the Chief Justice of Iran’s north western Kurdistan province rejected Mohammadi’s lawyers’ appeal for her retrial under Article 477 of the Iranian Islamic Criminal Code. Unfortunately, the sentence was once again imposed by the Chief Justice of Kurdistan province and sent to the Enforcement of Judgments Office of Kurdistan province.

On 16th February 2020, Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Mohammadi to 10 years in prison, however in October 2020 the sentence dropped to five years.

Kurdish Writer Arrested in Northern Iran on the 1st of December, 2019

Mojgan Kavoosi, Kurdish writer and cultural activist of Kelardasht, was arrested on the 18th  of November by the Intelligence unit of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) at her home in Noshahr of Mazandaran Province.

Anisa Jafari-Mehr, a Kurdish activist educator was arrested in Kermanshah Province, western Iran. Anisa Jafari-Mehr has a Master’s in linguistics and is a member of the writers’ council of the literary quarterly called, “J”.

The Islamic Revolutionary Court’s verdict insinuates that Zara Mohammadi’s, Mojgan Kavoosi, and Anisa Jafari Mehr are type of Kurdish instructions that threatened Iran’s “national security.”

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