Poet and Workers’ Rights Activist Peyman Farhangian Sentenced to One Year in Prison Alongside Additional Penalties

Peyman Farhangian, a poet and workers’ rights activist, has been handed a one-year prison sentence by the Criminal Court of Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh. This ruling also encompasses a travel ban and other social restrictions.

The court has deemed Farhangian guilty of “propaganda against the regime.” In addition to the prison term, he faces a mandatory two-year residency requirement in Zabol, a two-year prohibition from leaving the country, and the mandate to delete his Instagram account.

The initial verdict, issued on September 23, 2020, under the jurisdiction of Judge Seyed-Sadegh Hosseini, amounted to a staggering 38-year prison term. However, a significant development occurred on May 15, 2021, when the Court of Appeals in Gilan Province lessened the sentence to a decade behind bars. Seven years of this revised sentence remained suspended for a period of five years.

Following his conviction, Farhangian was incarcerated in Lahijan, located in Gilan Province, on May 16, 2022, marking the commencement of his imprisonment. Subsequently, he was granted provisional release in December 2022.