Habibullah Golparipour

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Location: Oroumiyeh Prison as of December 5, 2010; previously Mahabad Prison
Charge: Moharebeh
Date condemned: Announced 7 May 2010
Notes:

December 5 Concerning development: Habibollah Golparipour was transferred to Oroumiyeh prison.

September 5 Mr. Golparipour's death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. He is considered to be in imminent danger of execution.

Habibullah Golparipour was arrested in November 2009 and charged with membership in a Kurdish opposition party. On 7 May 2010, Iran Human Rights Voice announced his death sentence under the politically-motivated religious charge of Moharebeh, which means "armed war against God." The charge is commonly applied for armed resistance to the Islamic Republic, but has increasingly been used against religious and political opponents to the regime. Though Habibullah is originally from Sanandaj and was originally detained there, he was was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad, where he is currently held. Many Kurds are being transferred to provinces far from their homes, so that the Iranian regime may condemn, torture, and execute them and contain the news. Habibullah Golparipour and others' cases are an outrage. His death sentence violates Article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which states that the death penalty, when still used, may only be applied for the most serious offenses. Mr. Golparipour's membership in a political organization is no justification for his murder.