Wide crackdown on environmentalists in Iran
Two environmental activists, Hamed Sepehri and Jafar Ebrahimi, have been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for allegedly spreading propaganda against the state.
The two are activists from Bukan, northwest Iran, and their sentences were given to them in the Urmia Court on May 5. Hamed and Jafar were only released temporarily after paying 5 million Rials on April 17. In recent months there has been a wide security crackdown on environmentalists, as state-run news agencies are even putting it, leaving at least 80 behind bars.
Earlier this month, more than 40 environmental activists who were carrying out their studies in Bandar Lengeh and surrounding towns in Hormozgan Province were arrested and are causing deep concerns.
One activist wrote on Instagram that state agents had come to search the homes of those arrested and confiscated their communication devices.