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July 11, 2024

Ministry of Intelligence arrests four Kurdish civilians in Mahabad, Piranshahr

Four Kurdish civilians from Piranshahr and Mahabad in West Azerbaijan Province have been arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and taken to an undisclosed location, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. On 9 July, Omid Ahmadi from Piranshahr was arrested by security forces after being summoned to the local court. Later that same evening, intelligence officers in Piranshahr raided the family home…

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July 11, 2024

Fate of Kurdish civilian unknown three days after arrest in Tehran

There is no information about the whereabouts or condition of Kurdish civilian Hamid Farhadi, who was arrested in Tehran three days ago. In the early hours of 8 July, security forces raided Farhadi’s family home in Tehran and arrested him without a warrant, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Details of the charges against the civilian and his current whereabouts remain unknown. Farhadi is from…

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July 10, 2024

Iran court convicts four Kurdish teachers for ‘anti-state propaganda’

Four members of the Kurdistan Teachers Union in Marivan, Aram Ghaderi, Aram Mohammadi, Tahsin Mostafa and Seyvan Soleymani, have been sentenced to four months in prison each by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in the city on charges of “propaganda against the state”. The court suspended the four-month prison sentences for two years. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that the court session took place…

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July 9, 2024

Iran executes prisoner on drug-related charges in Shiraz

Authorities at Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, Fars Province, executed Mojtaba Karami, a 28-year-old prisoner from Harsin, Kermanshah province, on drug-related charges on 7 July. Karami was arrested about three and a half years ago and sentenced to death for drug trafficking. His funeral is scheduled to take place on 9 July in his home town of Harsin.

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July 8, 2024

Kurdish political prisoner denied contact with family, lawyers

Wrisha Moradi, a Kurdish political prisoner in Tehran’s Evin Prison, has been prevented from contacting her family and lawyers since 6 May on the orders of Judge Abolghasem Salavati. When her lawyers went to court last week ahead of her second hearing, they were told by Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran that they would not be allowed to access the case…

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July 8, 2024

Iran border guards shoot dead kolbar, wound six others in Nowsud

Iranian border guards in Kermanshah Province opened fire on a group of kolbars in the Nowsud border area this morning, killing one kolbar and wounding six others, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Kolbar Ayoub Mohammadi died of his injuries after being taken to Quds Hospital in Paveh, Kermanshah Province. Mohammadi was a 29-year-old father of one child from the village of Kugah in…

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July 4, 2024

Security forces arrest two Kurdish civilians in Oshnavieh

Security forces arrested Kurdish civilians Salim Zolgharneyn and Saber Zolgharneyn in the village of Hasan Nuran in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province, on 3 July and took them to an undisclosed location. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that the security forces raided the homes of the two civilians and arrested them without a warrant. On the same day, at least three other Kurdish civilians,…

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July 4, 2024

Kurdish language teacher sent to prison in Sanandaj

Seyvan Ebrahimi, a Kurdish language teacher and board member of the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association, has been sent to Sanandaj Central Prison to serve an eight-month prison sentence. The activist was previously imprisoned in Sanandaj Central Prison on 30 December 2023 to serve a one-year sentence in another case and was later released on 24 June this year. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that…

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July 3, 2024

Kurdish Muay Thai champion missing after IRGC interrogation

Jasim Haseli, a professional Muay Thai and kickboxing champion, has been missing for a week after being released from interrogation by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Marivan, Kurdistan Province. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Haseli was last seen on 27 June after several hours of interrogation and torture at the local headquarters of the IRGC’s…

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PUBLICATIONS

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of May 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of April 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report

This report addresses the violations of the human rights of Kurdish civilians in Iran during the Iranian year 1402 (21 March 2023 – 19…

Monthly Report of March 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of February 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Extrajudicial executions: Ra’uf Sheikhi killing

Joint explanation of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN, or Network) and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC, or Center):…

Monthly Report of January 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Special report: 23 women killed, dozens arrested, sentenced, fired from jobs

This report details cases of femicide, suspicious deaths of women, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Kurdish women activists and their removal…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report – 2023

This 2023 report details human rights violations of the Kurds in Iran. As in previous years, the violations span across the spectrum of linguistic,…

Monthly Report of December 2023

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

This report includes all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 June to 30 June.

The restrictive environment for independent human rights organisations in Iran, coupled with the pressures faced by individuals subjected to human rights violations and their families, make it difficult to publish accurate and comprehensive reports.

It is therefore important to note that the statistics and information presented in this report do not cover all cases of human rights violations. This report is the result of examining news and reports published by the KHRN and fact-checking of reports published by other human rights organisations and news websites.

Femicide

In June, two women were killed by their husbands in Piranshahr and Sanandaj over alleged “family disputes”.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least two kolbars were shot dead and nine kolbars were injured by Iranian border guards.

Of the injured, three were shot while six others were beaten by the border guards.

Civilian killings

In early June, at least two Kurdish civilians were killed by Iranian border guards in Oshnavieh.

On 2 June, Mohammad Ali Shiro was shot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants.

On 8 June, Jafar Gardi was shot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband.

Landmine explosions

On 17 June, Hadi Ghoncheh-Doust, a civilian, was killed in a landmine explosion in Baneh.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout June, Iranian forces arrested at least 14 individuals, including two Yarsani civilians, an activist and a 73-year-old man.

At least two of the detained civilians were sent to Naqadeh Prison to serve prison sentences.

Sentences

Over the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least nine people to punishments ranging from one year to three years and four months in prison.

Meanwhile, in early June, the Amnesty Commission overturned the death sentence of Kurdish Sunni cleric Mohammad Khezrnezhad.

  • Femicide
  • Kolbars and tradesmen
  • Civilian killings
  • Landmine explosions
  • Detentions and arrests
  • Sentences
NameIncident locationIncident dateExplanation
1Leyla PaymardPiranshahr16 June 32 years old, mother of two daughters aged 13 and 9, was set on fire by her husband due to family disputes and died four days later in Orumiyeh hospital
2Narmin PirahmanSanandaj23 JuneKilled by husband with multiple stab wounds in front of an office in Sanandaj as a result of “family dispute and conflict over divorce”
NameFromIncident locationIncident dateDead/InjuredExplanation
1Mozaffar Asad-RokhMarivanMarivan3 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
2Parviz GhaderiSaqqezBaneh4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
3 Salah (surname unknown)Sarvabad, MarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
4Hazhir MahmoudpourJavanrudNowsud5 JuneKilledShot by border guards
5Shadman PayaMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
6Naseh (surname unknown)Kalatrazan, SanandajTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
7Arman HosseiniSaqqezBaneh11 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
8Arkan BalvasehMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan21 JuneKilled29 years old, not carrying goods, shot by border guards
9Mohammad KakiBanehBaneh26 JuneInjured21 years old, shot by border guards
10Omid MoradiMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan28 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
11Shirzad ChawshiniBanehBaneh29 JuneInjuredBeaten and shot by border guards
NameFromLocationDateOrganizationExplanation
1Mohammad Ali ShiroOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants
2Jafar GardiOshnaviehOshnavieh8 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband
NameFromLocation of incidentDate of incidentStatus
1Hadi Ghoncheh-DoustBanehBaneh17 JuneKilled
NameFromDetention locationDetention dateActivityLocation held and latest status
1Matin (Zanyar) MehdizadehOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneCivilian
2Adel Haji KhelaniSi Sar village, SardashtSardasht2 JuneCivilian
3Younes NabizadehDalo villageOrumiyeh6 JuneCivilian
4Reza BabrnezhadQuchanQuchan6 JuneFamily member of killed civilian
5Heidar FatahiMarivanMarivan8 JuneCivilian
6Mohammad Amin MohammadiPiranshahrPiranshahr10 June73-year-old civilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
7Farid BadidastDivandarrehDivandarreh12 JuneCivilian
8Pourya MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
9Shoja MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
10Jafar (Dara) AminiBukanBukan15 JuneFormer political prisoner and civil rights activist
11Esmaeil Pour-AbdollahBukanBukanMid-JuneCivilian
12Salah SouriPiranshahrPiranshahrMid-JuneCivilian
13Edris DadrasMarivanMarivan25 JuneCivilian, beaten during arrest
14Akam KhezrnezhadPiranshahrPiranshahr30 JuneCivilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
NameResident ofCharged withDate sentencedIssuing courtSentenceExplanation
1Mohammad KhezrnezhadBukanSpreading corruption on earth, harming the integrity of the country’s independence, propaganda against the stateEarly JuneAmnesty CommissionCancellation of the death sentenceKurdish Sunni cleric
2Yousef Haji-KhoshOshnaviehAction against national security through collaboration with one of the opposition partiesMid-JuneIslamic Revolutionary Court in Oshnavieh3 years and 4 months imprisonment Member of the Central Council and Executive Board of the United Kurdish Front
3Farhad SheikhiSaqqezPropaganda against the Islamic Republic of IranMid-JuneBranch One of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj1 year imprisonment, 2 years ban on leaving Iran, 2 years life in exile Divandarreh, ban on living in Alborz and Tehran provinces for two yearsLabour activist
4Morteza SeyyediKamyaranForming a group with the intention of disrupting the security of the country22 JuneBranch Two of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Shahriar2 years of imprisonment including previous detentionLabour activist
5Mehdi MajidiBukanSupporting the Israeli government, propaganda against the state, insulting the leadership23 JuneCourt of Appeal of Orumiyeh Confirmation of the sentence of 3 years imprisonmentCivilian
6Matin HassaniBukanEnticing or inciting people to fight and kill each other with the intention of disrupting the country’s security, propaganda against the state25 JuneBranch 101 of Criminal Court Two in Bukan31 months imprisonment