The Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) detained a parkour artist named Sahand Aghajani and a director and graphic artist named Keyhan (Arya) Kaboudvand in Eghbal Square in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on 3 November.

The IRGC intelligence officers then took the two Kurdish artists to the agency’s security detention facility known as Shahramfar.

Since their arrests, the two civilians have been denied the right to have a lawyer and receive family visits.

According to the statistics compiled by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), since the beginning of the recent protests, more than 2,500 Kurdish civilians have been arrested by the security forces in the provinces of Ilam, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan and Tehran.